I feel as if I cannot organize anything properly, and that Murphy's Law will dog me forever. :( I know this is not true...but that's the way I feel right now.
So, to cheer myself up, here's very (to ME) nice pic that I got in Thattekkad.
We were all waiting near a pool of water, where our guide said many birds would come to dip their beaks for an evening drink, sometimes not even landing as they did so. (Yes, they did arrive; some splashed in the water, some just flew past and dipped their beaks in a quick parabolic appearance and disappearance.)
The light was fading. In the gloaming, I spotted something very beautiful.
All I've read about
up to now suggested that it was the 4 lines forming an "x"
that gave the spiders that name.
But here was a lovely "signature spiral"....
It glistened in the gathering dusk, and instead of waiting rock-still for the rare birds to arrive, I decided that this, too, was an important part of my Life-Under-Foot observations, and clicked.
What beautiful things Nature has to show us, if only we look instead of just seeing!