say a little prayer for me...  

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say a little prayer for me...
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...and I need them so Pat thinks! lol! This little fellow (and not really that little come to think of it - he was about 5 inches/13 cms long) took residence on a trellis just outside the villa door in Spain - my niece woke me from my siesta to tell me I had to come photograph him - and guess what - he was still there late the following day, so I managed to take lots of pictures of him. Eventually he disappeared back down the trellis into the plant at the base and he was impossible to see - the camouflage is amazing. This shot was taken from the side with the green landscape out of focus in the background to create the silhouette.


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09/29/06 9:40 PM GMT
an exellent capture , well done.
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09/29/06 9:41 PM GMT
Is this a SUPER image or what ! nature textbook material if you ask me. Your new camera sure does its job well here.
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09/29/06 9:43 PM GMT
Wonderful capture, Patti. Great macro work. I think she is saying grace before dinner.
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09/29/06 9:44 PM GMT
Beautiful capture, such detail !!

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joy is not in things, it's in us !!!
09/29/06 10:21 PM GMT
great analyitcal silhouette portrait
super detail and the diffuse colour in the background has a rich silky feel to it
effective use of approximage 1/3rds

an excellent take
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09/29/06 10:22 PM GMT
What a fantastic macro Patti. Perfect composition and clarity and I'm so glad he stayed long enough for you to get him. Excellent post.
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Can't always give individual thanks but I am so appreciative of everyone's comments and input. I truly enjoy seeing all of your posts and am always happy to see you at My Gallery. Thanks, Anita
09/29/06 10:45 PM GMT
A great macro lassie. Very well done....a winner...and worth a pint.
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09/29/06 10:55 PM GMT
Ha ha very funny, my mantis would eat your mantis.LOL Great job Patti.
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09/29/06 10:59 PM GMT
Tis the mantis season lately it seems! lol Very nice capture of this fella (lady?) Patti! Clarity is can make out every little detail on him! Lighting couldnt be any better on this. Good eye by your niece! (How long did it take her to wake you up?? LOL) Nicely done Patti! C):-)
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09/30/06 12:26 AM GMT
I've looked at both your images, and I prefer this one because of the clarity of the insect. I like the angles in the other, which contributes to the composition of the take, but this particular view shows off the insect with nothing to detract. The clarity needs not be spoke aloud as it is clean and crisp and points up all the details and coloring this big guy has to offer. Now, please do me a favor and find a phasmid to photograph....there's a challenge for ya :))))) PJ
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09/30/06 2:16 AM GMT
Superb focus and clarity on this little guy Patti! I love these little guys! They have such character! Very well done..=)
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09/30/06 2:35 AM GMT
Love the straight on view, for some reason the lines remind me of the drawings of sportscars I made in elementry school.
Ok I'm wierd...soon everyone will know. lol
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09/30/06 2:44 AM GMT
How beautiful you make a praying/preying mantis look! Amazing. What a soft image, yet in clear focus, what a careful job to blurr the background for us...outstanding.

Reminds me of a kindergarten teacher I knew who found a sac full of praying mantis eggs outside her home. She took them to school and tacked the egg case to the bulletin board, after having passed it around for the children to admire.

The next Monday she came to school and found her classroom FULL of tiny praying mantises!

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09/30/06 3:21 AM GMT
Yep, I like this view better than the other one too. I can see the little beast better. Nice.
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09/30/06 8:05 AM GMT
Beautiful, I like both shots as they are both so different. Stunning detail and skills as well.
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Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside... (ELP)
09/30/06 9:27 AM GMT
amazing Patti looks like mclaren f1 green colour . well done
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09/30/06 11:00 AM GMT
I thought I was wierd... but seems I am not the only one to think it looks like a fast car.
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09/30/06 11:34 AM GMT
Very detailed. Wish I could get them to pose for me like this.

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09/30/06 11:40 AM GMT
This is very good work Patti. The detail of this closeup is perfect. I followed the growth of one of these guys in my garden earlier in summer. I could not seem to get a good shot of him when he was little...was waiting till he was full grown like this one but lost him before I could get shots. This type of bug, Mantis, has always intrigued me...thanks for posting...gerry..
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09/30/06 1:34 PM GMT
beautifully done, patti. i haven't seen one of these for such a long time. thanks for bringing him up close. jen
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09/30/06 2:02 PM GMT
Terrific close-up Patti.....You certainly got a lot of foty goodies! when away!.......
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10/01/06 2:09 PM GMT
OMG Patti- This is a truly awesome capture of this Mantis. Excellent macro shot and perfectly positioned in this photo. Well deserving of a 10 in the VB. Hope I get a chance to see it there.
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Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget ;)
10/01/06 5:31 PM GMT
OK.. as said in the other one... great capture.. good bye
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Live every day as if it's your last... and take "pictures" of it ;)
10/03/06 2:26 AM GMT
THis is excellent I love the closeness of the image and the details that you have given us to view are amazing. Excellent work
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10/04/06 2:18 PM GMT
This is such a great shot of a praying mantis! I love the clarity of this and the way you've actually caught it praying.
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All of earth is crammed with heaven And every bush aflame with God But only those who see take off their shoes. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
10/04/06 7:31 PM GMT
Probably one of my all time favorite bugs. You have done this one proud Patti. Great color. Well done..=D
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10/06/06 6:58 PM GMT
Lovely Shot Patti, I thought for a couple of mins that you had found a new species on the Derbyshire Hills !! Great detail, thanks for this. One to show my grandkids !!
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Surfs Up, Stan
11/08/06 3:05 AM GMT
I caught it in the VT and gave it the highest marks. This is absolutely wonderful. A great macro shot of this stunning insect. The background colors and framing complement it perfectly. :)
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11/18/06 9:06 PM GMT
Simply outstanding, Perfect shot. 10/10.

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12/19/07 10:24 PM GMT
They praying mantis.. one of my favorite insects! Great clearity on this photo. I love it! (thanks for commenting on Sail Away)
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I want to sail away into the night sky.
04/23/09 10:34 AM GMT
Ooohhh...Majestic he is! Saw this on the "Featureds" section of the HP...Favs...
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12/17/12 3:54 PM GMT
Where are you Darling? Saw this on home page an made me lonesome of you.

Hope you have a Great Holidays!

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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience

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