Travelogue

Impressions of Taman Rimba Kiara – Spiders

Taman Rimba Kiara (there is another park called Taman Rimba Ampang) is in the border of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. Easy accessible via Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI residential area). This small patch of green lung is a popular exercising ground for morning joggers and weekend mountain bikers.

I took the jungle trek used by mountain bikers and started a frenzy of mosquito buffet.

This was my first time hunting for small bugs using my wireless flash. It was very challenging using single hand to operate the camera, one hand holding the flash. The nightware was the breeze swaying the leaves while swamp of mosquitoes attacking every inch on my exposed skin. At the same time, I have to constantly watch out for the fire ants and leeches on the ground.

The experimental bugs hunting was not perfect but it was a good start. I heard the best time to meet the interesting species would be at night. That will be very interesting because then I have to watch out for the snakes and wild animals, while hunting for these small creatures less than 1cm in length.

This brown color tiny spider was on the ground, so I literally have to squad down to take a quick snapshot before it ran off. It was dark and wet under the thick canopy of trees. The quality of the images were less than satisfactory, more practice and work required (meaning I have to donate more blood to the blood suckers).

I was lucky to meet few interesting species, like this Crab Shell Spider.

There were so many kind of spiders that I have to take a PhD to name them for you.

Many of the spiders were hidden inside their “home” and made it harder to spot and to take a passport photo for face (with 6 eyes).

The conclusion as a newbies to jungle macro shutter bugs, I have lots to learn from the real photographers.

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