First off, Happy Birthday Ron!
Okay, we’re down to the final hour with all the marbles on the line. Let’s do a quick check 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …. 5…. oh crap, I’m down a post. What to do, what to do. Actually, there are no worries, I have been loading up my SmugMug site with a ton of pictures. One of my recent favorites is a set of macro shots I took on our porch a few months ago. I was was walking on the porch one sunny day when one of the more interesting insects decided to take a stroll on my siding.
Probably out of the insects I come upon around here, the praying mantis is the one that fascinates me the most (the stick bug comes in a close second). From a photographer’s perspective, they have a nice vibrant color and a ton of cool features that pop out nicely under the macro lens. They have a number of dynamic features ranging from the hook like feet, highly articulated legs and fine hairs running along the edges. The best part of working with these specimens is that they are fairly docile and do not tend to panic at the presence of a camera glass shoved close to their face. Speaking of which, this one was practically posing for the glass.
In case you are wondering, in this particular shot he is gnawing on his own foot. Check out the creepy pupils. They can track just about anywhere around the eye bulb and basically remained on me the entire time, regardless of what position or angle the camera was in. Here is another on of the face with the pupils transitioned up to the top of the head. Based on nature’s law, typically, animals with such range of vision are considered the prey where the more forward fixed animals fall in the predator range. By that rule, one would think the mantis was somewhat docile, but the male mantis probably has a different opinion of that seeing as how the the female rips the cranium off of him after mating.
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