I’m not sure why this praying mantis had decided to spend his New Year’s Day morning on my patio chair instead of on some nearby plants. Maybe it thought this was a tree given the natural wood material of this chair. Either way, I needed to make sure my dog didn’t mistake the mantis for a destructive grasshopper.
The elements of the brightly lit mantis, especially on its face, as well as the play of the chair’s wood slats and shadows caught my eye. So after a few shots and a few more moments of being entertained with the mantis swiveling its head to follow my movements, I placed my into the safety of my garden.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 38mm, ISO 100, 1/40 sec, f/8
Praying Mantis, Slats, Shadows. Ione, California. January 1, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.