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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Spot the Spider

Can you spot the spider in this pic? 



Take a closer look. Here it is...



And here it is, in all detail..



We spotted this spider at Abbey Falls, while on our trip to Coorg... or, to be accurate, Samhith did. While poking around bushes isnt what I would like him to do, I have to admit to a certain amount of pleasure in seeing him spot such tiny creatures, and see him take an interest in anything related to nature.

I am no expert on arachnids, and I have no idea of what this spider is called. We have flipped through what few books we have, and browsed through numerous photos through Google, but are unable to fix on the identity of this little fellow. Can any of you help us out? 

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  1. That is a lovely capture.

    http://www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  2. Till I scrolled down, I had no idea where the spider was.

    Yeah, I know he's better than you in spotting these things. :-)

    Jokes apart, nicely captured Anu.

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    1. THanks Nisha! he is getting even better at spotting these tiny creatures!

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  3. Anu, is that a big sized one or small? when you zoomed it appears huge.

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    1. It was quite small, Chitra... and the zoomed pic was clicked with the macro mode of my camera. so yes, it does appear bigger. also, you can only see the legs, which are quite long, on the zoom, which makes it appear even bigger.

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  4. Here is one that looks the same! He calls it a "tunnel web spider" but I think that is a general term for those who make that particular type of web (ie. not the scientific name)because we also have "tunnel web spiders" in New Zealand and they are nothing like this. http://www.indiamike.com/india-images/pictures/tunnel-web-spider

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    1. Its quite possible, Marie. We have seen tunnel or funnel web spiders before, and they looked different. But then, yes, its the type of web... and this spider does look similar. thanks for pointing me to this..

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  5. I think it could be the Lycosidae/ Wolf Spider
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_spider

    Because of its prominent eyes and i think i can see 4 more below..and the wolf spider apparently has 8

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    1. Thanks Sowmya. I considered this one too while trying to identify it, and wished I had taken the time to click a few more pics.

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  6. In the first photo, I thought it is a tiny spider; I didn't notice it's legs. A hairy, scary one! :)

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    1. Yes, Bindhu! I missed the legs too at first! it was only when I got the close up shot that I even realised it had those, hairy, scary legs!

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  7. Nice click but it ws easy for me to spot the spider but the closer look shows how cruel it looks...

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  8. Oh goodness, that's a freaking scary spider! Is it as big as it looks? A very beautiful creature though!!

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