I'm spider phobic, have had nightmares all of my life. Probably because of things my mom said, after my aunt was bitten by a black widow when I was about 4 years old. Have worked hard to try and get over this unreasonable fear. First started picking up very small spiders years ago. Now I'll usually touch the back of a large garden spider or other large spider, and don't really mind when most spiders get on my clothes or skin. Still have a pretty strong fear of black widows and don't like blindly walking into a spider web. My worst nightmare involved picking up a short length of pipe and hundreds of black widows ran out the pipe and up my hand and arm. When I awoke, I had been lying on my hand/arm and it had gone to sleep. That tingling sensation really gave some reality to that dream. That sensation is still quite vivid and the dream was many years ago.
I picked up the spider in the photo, but with a gloved hand. Still made me a little nervous when the critter walked up to within a couple of inches of the glove top. It didn't seem to make any effort to bite the glove. Could probably let this one walk across the skin, but not my skin!
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.