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Praying Mantis
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Cromwell, Connecticut, USA. Watering gardens this afternoon, I found a new friend among some of the black-eyed susans. He appears to be ready to play the piano, turning to me asking for requests. Actually, he was quite fascinated with my photographing him with a macro lens. Enjoy!

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::Jimbobedsel
08/20/10 2:24 AM GMT
He doesn't resemble Billy Joel at all. Must be someone else. LOL. You have captured this perfectly, Thad. Outstanding close up.
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::DiverDown60
08/20/10 2:26 AM GMT
What an amazing macro. I love these guys, they are so cool. Thanks for sharing.

Charles
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::billyoneshot
08/20/10 2:28 AM GMT
Thad you have accomplished my dream shot. A great capture of the most interesting insect in the whole world. The greatest detailed and colorful shot of a praying mantis I have ever seen.
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Billy
.CollegeKid21
08/20/10 2:31 AM GMT
When I was a kid, I kept one as a pet and named him Slider, after the Cleveland Indians Mascot.. Good times.. :)
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::0930_23
08/20/10 2:49 AM GMT
Be careful or he will be asking you to donate for his missionary, new temple and kids without ipods.
This is as good as it gets Thad.
You hit the jackpot tonight with your posts.

VFS-TicK

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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
.gabi_h
08/20/10 2:50 AM GMT
Great job! I can see every detail of his face. And I find these insects most fascinating and one of the few that I don't have the urge to swat.
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::busybottle
08/20/10 5:03 AM GMT
Thad
Superb close up on this guy! you really can see some real details!Love the background colors as well.
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"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes."
.Eubeen
08/20/10 6:47 AM GMT
A fantastic close-up capture, Thad. Great details, DOF and colours. Very nicely done.
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::twinkel
08/20/10 7:34 AM GMT
OMG...this is great, the soft colors and the clarity are amazing and I always like the expression on their faces of these animals...kind of, sort of...funny :o)
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Carpe Diem!
::Ramad
08/20/10 8:45 AM GMT
Wonderful shot Thad! The clarity on the praying mantis is superb and the colourful background brings the insect out beautifully.
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.elektronist
08/20/10 11:01 AM GMT
Wonderful macro, Thad.

Tanju
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::LynEve
08/20/10 12:38 AM GMT
He way praying for a fine photographer to come along.

Fantastic shot Thad.
They don't get better than this
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::Roseman_Stan
08/20/10 12:59 AM GMT
Love finding these in the gardens. This one certainly knew you were there too. Fine shot.

Stan
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Logun7
08/20/10 2:05 PM GMT
¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨AWESOME¨¨¨°º©©º°¨
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every day is a gift......that's why it's called the present!!
.Starglow
08/20/10 2:43 PM GMT
Terrific image, great close-up with fine details. Do you think he could see you?
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.Susiesun
08/20/10 4:45 PM GMT
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Your photo is unique Thad! Fantastic presentation, and the golden is really a high point, super well done, congratulations!
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::trixxie17
08/20/10 5:08 PM GMT
I have never seen as clear and detailed a bug shot as this one Thad - should be in National Geographic!
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::Inkeri
08/20/10 9:44 PM GMT
Magnificent macro,Thad..Fantastic detail,colors and light.
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::fogz
08/20/10 10:06 PM GMT
What fascinating insects they are! He is even posing for you Thad! Amazing capture!
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::casechaser
08/21/10 2:10 AM GMT
Jes Thad, what a shot! We should have an insect contest and grandfather this one in!
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.palral
08/21/10 5:22 AM GMT
Thad....

It's a rare opportunity when I get a shot in the VB and then find out it belongs to a Caedes friend. I gave this a 9, which is about as high as I go in the VB. The shot rated high scores not only because of the perfect focus, but because I was wow'd by the background colors.

Roger
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::egggray
08/23/10 9:07 PM GMT
Thais one outstanding close up, and brilliant colors and detail as well.
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.zunazet
08/25/10 2:10 AM GMT
Gorgeous! So nice of him to sit still for you to get his portrait ;)
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::Hukka55
08/25/10 7:09 AM GMT
What a great shot of this predatory insect! It's almost like she is posing for you. I shall not mention what photographic parts I like in this, since I like them all. This is really a great shot.
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.Delkaoth
08/26/10 5:33 PM GMT
Lol! Your narrative fits this little guy perfectly! Good focus!
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.cynlee
08/28/10 4:07 AM GMT
Exceptional,Thad.
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.537les
08/28/10 2:15 PM GMT
He looks so much like the way we envision space aliens that I expect him to be saying "Take me to your leader." Macros of this quality are extremely rare.
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::Hottrockin
08/28/10 4:10 PM GMT
WHOA!! AMAZING!!

yes, I was shouting just a second ago...

*~D
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
.KT11109
08/29/10 3:34 AM GMT
Incredible image! Great work on this very interesting subject. The background colors are fantastic too!
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.DDRmaster554
08/30/10 3:53 PM GMT
Fantastic!! :DD
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.Nikoneer68
07/26/11 12:27 AM GMT
Really nice work.
Thanks for sharing.
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mr_clough
03/05/17 3:04 AM GMT
Beautiful creature! My new background!
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