Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mantis in the Wind

Praying (or European) Mantis
(Mantis religiosa)
One is never quite sure whether to curse or bless the brisk winds that sweep across the Lanark highlands in September.  Blessing is always better....

Capturing images at this time of the year involves a fair bit of what I like to call "dancing with the wind". In my case, the dancing is a combination of hobbling, lurching and flailing about with camera in hand - it bears little or no resemblance to dancing cranes or the flowing katas of any Oriental discipline I can summon to mind.

One never knows just what the results of one's windy photographic efforts will be, and I am always happy on returning home to find that the marriage of wind and weed and little wild green cousin has been fruitful.

The mantis danced on her swaying stem, and I danced around her in a circle clicking, both of us content to be there in the sunlight and doing our own creative thing on a fine morning in early autumn.

4 comments:

Mystic Meandering said...

"dancing in circles...hoping to capture the image" I found myself in a similar "position" Friday, dancing around a circular flower garden in the park, trying to follow a flittering butterfly that would not sit still! First this way, then that way, around the circle. Picture Groucho Marx hunched over, doing that signature walk; only it was a camera in my hand instead of a cigar... :)

Beautiful Praying Mantis. So appropriate for this day...

the wild magnolia said...

A blessed blissful capture of the Mysterious Mantis.

I laughed out loud as you described your dancing!

Laughter is such a wonderful medicine.

Thank you.

Guy said...

Hi Cate

A great shot of one of the coolest bugs out there I am glad you braved the wind.

Guy

liliannattel said...

I know how hard it is to get a shot in the wind--mine are almost inevitably blurry. Hats off!