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It's always nice to get back to my blog. I now have an almost complete set of Omer teachings. I've done it in three years, '04, '06, and '08, each doing roughly a third of the days. Now I need to organize them here so that they'll be easy to access.
Photography is always an easy way back for me to create and share. The image you see is about one inch long from top to bottom. Though we often see large praying mantis on our porch in summer, this was a little guy/gal. I have no clue whether it is a praying mantis youth or just a small praying mantis.
I love doing close-up photography. I feel like it opens up new perspectives and wakes me up to see more. This image I used the macro setting on my Canon 2S IS camera. I couldn't get it in focus in the Super macro mode. I've also cropped it tightly as well. You are seeing the image in its full size now/post cropping.
I really like the way the stucco came out. When I say, "I like the way the stucco came out" I mean it two ways: the stucco was re-done about 5 years ago; I like how it came out from the from the hands of the skilled craftsman. I also mean I like the way it came out in the image.
I also had fun with this post title, "Praying Mantis on Stucco." I meant it as a simple description of the content of the photo. But it sounds so much like a title for a piece of art at a museum. Life is art. But I'm glad this praying mantis isn't in a museum.
A nice blog called "Mostly Macro" has a great entry on praying mantis.