Whipping Around – Spidey Galore #4

April 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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Look at this photo. What do you see?

Huh? What? Some twigs right??

Look carefully….

Did you see an eye?

Can you also spot a thin strand of thread-like fibre at the top right?

Oh…You mean this thing is alive?? Look at the legs!

For those who guessed the Stick Insect, no, it’s not a Sticky… This is actually a spider!

Called the Whip Spider (Argyrodes flagellum), it lives in the low vegetation in mangrove swamp. This should be a female and it’s quite small…Itchyfingers were actually looking for another spider when we accidentally stumbled upon this one. We wouldn’t have spotted it if it did not move, cos it was so thin and well hidden…and with legs all stretched out close to the body, who would have imagine it to be a spider? Luckily, we have seen photos of this species before, and it was one of the spiders that we had wanted to find. Though we were lucky to find one, it was a very windy day and that was not good at all for macro photography…Ended up with many blurred photos… ūüė¶

The Whip Spider stayed still for most of the time but we tried to nudge it a little
to see how it moved…This blurred photo shows it in a more familiar spider
pose, with all legs spread out…

It was amazing how it whipped around for the reverse flip-over! It happened i

n such a flash that it was so difficult to get a dramatic photo! Very frustrating

Seems like Itchyfingers will need more luck to find another chance to shoot this spider…

Also see related posts:
> Seeing Red in a Tent – Spidey Galore #3
> Eating Its Own Kind? –¬†Spidey Galore #2
> Jaws –¬†Spidey Galore #1


Match Made in Heaven – Lost in Translation #3

April 9, 2013 at 11:31 am | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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While walking on the streets of Bangkok, Itchyfingers found this sign outside a row of shop houses. A most common light box sign that you may just missed it since most of them are in Thai. It happened to have a large English word in the middle, so that caught our eyes. But look closely…I think times are really bad, so to stand out from your competitors, you have to offer something really special and different…

Marriage for Aliens! Wahahahahah!!!!! Certified marriage for intergalactic
couples??!? ūüėÄ I think they meant to be marriage for foreigners…wahahahah…

Thailand. A Land of Smiles… ūüėÄ

Also see related posts:
> Shower Me with Your Love – Lost in Translation #2
> Lost in Translation – A Perfect Match

In Loving Memory of Sneaky

April 5, 2013 at 12:25 am | Posted in itchy fingers | 2 Comments
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Was looking around calling out, when a cat feeder that I have never met broke the bad news to me: Sneaky is dead…! And then an even more tragic news – Sneaky was attacked by three black stray dogs and they punctured her kidney….!

I have been hearing news from other cat feeders at my car park that there are stray dogs mauling cats at night. No one knows where did they come from. One even suspects that somebody deliberately let off these dogs to attack the community cats. But whether they have actually seen the dogs or not I am not so sure. So when this lady told me about the dogs, I tried to find out more from her. She said she used to feed around the other area, and only took over when another old lady who did feeding in the morning passed away recently. According to her it was about a month ago that it happened. She said she saw it but didn’t say if Sneaky died on the spot or did she succumb to the injury later. ¬†She seemed unwilling to tell more and was busy feeding another two cats…That was roughly the same time I last saw Sneaky…No wonder I couldn’t find her for so long. Since moving to a new place, I only managed to visit Sneaky a few times, and recently the shrubs that she liked to hide were trimmed so much that sometimes she went off somewhere else to hide, only to be found on my next visit. So it was really sad and shocking to learn that she has passed away in such a pitiful way… ūüė¶ The lady¬†said Sneaky was buried as burning will hinder her from reincarnating…But when I asked her where was Sneaky being buried she said she doesn’t know…

Itchyfingers first knew Sneaky when we were playing around with Puss, our dear kitty friend who has passed away last year. Sneaky would suddenly sneak out from amongst the shrubs and looked at us, giving us the occasional meows.

Sneaky outside her favourite hiding place…She has this nice “gunpowder
grey” according to Tisu Boy. She was a curious and friendly¬†kitty – she liked
to sneak out from the shrubs when we were patting Puss and looked on as if
she felt envious of the attention she gave Puss

But we did not give her any cold shoulders. We played and patted Sneaky, a name I gave for her sneaky nature.

Sneaky liked to rub people’s leg and obviously yearned for love and attention.
But when you touched her head, she would immediately turn over to look
at your hand and give you a startled look like this…

As we become friends, Sneaky would respond to my call for her, and most of the time when you were looking at one direction, she would quietly sneak out from the shrub and meow at you. Very sweet girl….

My heart really hurt when I heard that Sneaky had died so painfully…It
must had been a gruesome sight… ūüė¶ How can a small cat defend herself
against three big¬†ferocious dogs? I really don’t know what can be done.
The lady said about 10 cats have been killed this way. Should someone who
sees the dogs alert the relevant authorities before more lives are taken?
Of course I do not wish to see the stray dogs being culled, but maybe they
can be captured and rehabilitated until they are deemed fit for adoption?

Tisu Boy with Sneaky in happier times together. I realised I do not have a 
photo with her. The last time Tisu Boy tried to take photos of her about a
and a half month ago,  Sneaky was totally freaked out by his camera! I really 
wonder why, cos we had taken photos of her a number of times before and 
she was perfectly ok with it…

Now Sneaky is finally reunited with Puss in Kitty Heaven. Rest in peace 
Sneaky and Puss. Thank you for the wonderful memories both of you gave us…
Both of you will be dearly missed by Itchyfingers, as well as your many
feeder uncles and aunties….

Also see related posts:
> My Fat Lady
> In Loving Memory of Puss (2000 Р2012)
> Puss in Boots
> Odd Encounter

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