Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mate

39 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Not my best technically...as a matter of fact, it's filed in the "what will I do with these?" container...but, tomorrow's Friday, so I thought we'd lighten up today. Woo Hoo!

During warm weather, I do laps around the house every morning. Last fall, this praying mantis was hanging onto a bush the whole time I was out there. After the last lap, I grabbed my equipment and took a bunch of photos. I noticed after awhile that hanging next to her was her dead mate. Like most females of all species, she did what we all do so well...sucked the life out of her 'better half' and left him to hang out in the wind. On to the next one....

Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/10 f-5.6 Program Mode Sigma 70-300mm zoom

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Nate said...

Now that's just not very nice. Looks like she folded him over and broke his back first too! Gosh, how mean!

8:54 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Tricky shot to make, but sure is fun to look at the larger version to see more of the details - seems like the deceased has been there for a bit, being somewhat transparent looking...

9:53 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Yeh, that's my experience with the "mate thing" too :)

10:11 AM  
Anonymous ana said...

women.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Everybody pretty well summed it up for me:).

10:41 AM  
Anonymous lee said...

The twigs look very delicte and nice blur.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Another doomed relationship. Reminds me of Sharon Stone in that Basic Instinct 2 movie ;)

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

lol! i thought she was naked ;-)

12:40 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Erm, quite a tricky subject... but you've captured it well, Micki

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

could start a bit of a male/female split here...just glad I am not one of the species.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous -= Moussa =- said...

Looks like a victim and a prey

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really great capture!

~Chris
www.mydayinlondon.com

1:15 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

wow. cool shot!
as for my plan on how to get the 30d? i haven't figured that out yet lol. Win the lottery? Rob a bank? Sell lemonade? or ... gasp at the thought, get myself a job? lol. =)
Thanks for dropping by.

-evan

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

You have obtained a very showy defocusing.

1:21 PM  
Blogger zorrodeplata said...

beatiful....

1:32 PM  
Anonymous therese said...

The colours are so beautiful. What a capture!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Impressive! Great capture.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Philotranpik said...

Hey Micki...
She looks gracious...nice play of DoF. Beautiful Colors which I think can be a lil more accentuated maybe?
Nice Work as always


BTW, thx for your kind words
We'll see where it goes...

Take care

Philippe (Philo-graphious.darrenlui.com)

2:04 PM  
Blogger samcam said...

Lovely!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

LOL @ "Mate reference".
What a great photo of one of the many wonders of nature.
Did you know that the Mantis can actually capture (and kill) hummingbirds? Didn't believe it until I saw a photo of it..

3:49 PM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

beautiful soft focus

4:11 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Funny description! And a great close-up photo!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Goncolo said...

Nice picture, I like it so much. Is very insteresting the camuflage that provide the nature to some species.
Congratulataions.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Dia said...

Great capture! I remember I was afraid of this creature when I was a kid hihihi, but its so harmless (to us).

Women...cant live with them, but also cant live without them, hihihi :D

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Jason Ertel said...

You say it's "not my best technically", but I think it's really cool! Not everyday you get to see something like this...

Regards,
Jason

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

The colors complement each other well... almost too much... It definitely took opening the larger picture to examine it well. But the subject is awesome. A fun picture, for sure.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

It took my a while to figure out what I was looking at!!! But now that I have, I like it a lot!! Really clever.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

This is the part of life I really don't get. Why does the woman have to win here? Okay I'm begining to sound like a sexist ......

Nice capture Micki.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Claudi said...

I just to a look at your latest photos. Very cool shots. Very different from what I usually see. I like them a lot. Congrats on your blog!!!
Oh, thanks for the visit to my blog (http://aroundaboutme.my-expressions.com) and for your comment, I hope you return.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous johnz said...

better to die at the hands of your mate than not have had one at all, that is once you hit 90

8:38 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Bummer...He must have really ticked her off. Must have been a crime of passion.

Great shot.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Wow!! Nice one.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous david said...

nature can be so cruel! Great image Micki - I lobe my insects..;)

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

A fantastic shot and I can see where your coming from :)

2:21 AM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
The trouble is we let you think you're sucking the life out of us so you feel sorry for us males! Then we get what we want for about 1-2 days. You're happy cause you're thinking you are doing us a favour and we happy cause we're getting what we want. The truth of the matter is we both know nothing about each other and should just admit that.... What do you think.... You go first and admit women know nothing about men.... :)

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Ummm not bad. :)

4:53 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

gotcha!

5:32 AM  
Anonymous JD said...

Great capture, I'm not that into nature shots but its definitally interesting

7:49 AM  

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