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Day 148

Last year I was part of the Capture Music City book and DVD project. Photographers submitted Nashville area photos. Web voting allowed people to vote on what would be published in the book. Like here in my 365 blog I shot a lot of nature and animal photos. One thing I did not shoot was a Praying Mantis. There were several great photos of them on the project web site. I just never found any until after the submission deadline has passed.
A few days after the deadline there was a big one on the back of my truck. I’m leaving work and it is sitting on the back window. I figure it will fly off once I start the truck. Nope. That thing held on for twenty miles of interstate traffic. She was still there when I pulled into the driveway. She left as soon as I tried to get a good look at her.
Fast forward to today. I grab my camera and monopod see day 136. The walking stick was downstairs with a prop I was thinking of using with it at faire. I headed out to search for today’s subject. As I back up and see some thing on the garbage can. Small, green, insect, yes! Time for a Macro shot. I stop the truck. I walk over and find a small Praying Mantis.
I focus on him and he jumps. I look to see if I can find him. He’s on the lens. I pick him off set him back on the can. he runs up my arm. I set him back on the can. Four or five time he jumps on the camera. Finally I set him on the plants a few feet away. I finally got a photo of a Praying Mantis.




  1. Madelaine wrote:

    OK, you had me going for awhile! I was thinking what a fabulous capture this was!!! LOL Still love the first shot!

    Monday, June 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Here he/she is running up my arm. Trash can and truck are in the background.

    What prop do you use with a walking stick Monopod?
    Why a Praying mantis puppet of course. I got this guy some time ago to use when we are at faire. Instead of “look at the birdie” it’s “look at the Mantis.” I recently found him in the living room console. Last week a screw fell out of the camera. It came out of the plate that allows you to attach the camera to a tripod or monopod. The tiny screwdrivers are suppose to be in the console with the remotes for when we need to change batteries. I didn’t find the screwdrivers but the puppet was there. I put the puppet on the monopod at that point. Then just now, when I went to photograph the puppet the screw fell out again.


    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 11:31 am | Permalink