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Praying Mantis

While walking out the front door to go walk the dogs with my husband, I spotted a tiny little praying mantis sitting on the back of our neighbor's car. Having frivolously forgotten my camera, I dragged my poor little puppy back inside by the leash and grabbed the camera. I raced back outside, thrust the leash lovingly (ok, could have been better there) at my husband, and carefully approached the car. Luckily, I know my neighbors well enough to feel completely comfortable leaning all over their car to take my shots.

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This little guy didn't deal with my photo shoot for too awfully long, but long enough to let me get a few different angles. I liked this one because of the reflection of the clouds in the window and the way the sun and its reflection bounced off the bug and made him glow! He truly is a beauty from God!

He eventually got sick of me and flew into another neighbor's field (in which I most definitely do not feel comfortable wandering in to!) and disappeared from my sight as well as that of my camera's. It was slightly sad to see him go, but I am so excited that I got the chance to meet him!

Whenever I am lucky enough to spot a praying mantis, I can't help but thank God for both the "mundane" as well as the spontaneous blessings in my life. Such graceful creatures remind me of the grace in which God gives as well as the grace He intends for us to conduct ourselves with. May you all have many blessings and much grace in your lives!

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By Chelle152 from Coquille, Oregon

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

Praying Mantis' have always been my favorite of all insects, I always stop to watch them and I am always amazed!

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

What a superb shot! I love the shadow/reflection. :)

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

I always love your photos but this one is amazing! It looks as though he posed for you, and I really like the way your camera caught his shadow on the car. The colours are fantastic too, I love the way the blue car looks like water and how the green and red on the mantis shows up with such a great contrast.

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You have a very good eye!

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you all so much. The kind words are always very encouraging and usually reach me right when I need them the most! Praying mantis' are beautiful creatures and I couldn't make the shot without this glorious creation of God's! Hope you all are having a blessed week. :)

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