How could I have missed these?

These are some of the most beautiful of all Tarantulas.

H lividums, the Cobalt Blue.  The colors are REAL, they are not enhanced in any way. 

Strangely enough, these Ts, for all their incredible color, spend the majority of their lives in a burrow underground.  I had to dig them out to make sure they were alive after the freeze.  That's when I snapped one of the most gorgeous photos I've ever taken. 

Thiang, the day  I got her.
When little, they are dull gray...
(juvi, Lum Tha)
Thiang, dug out of her burrow after the freeze.  Just the light of the camera flash. (c) Leah Patton/Shlei Original Art
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