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Journeys

Journeys
Journeys

Journeys

A ladybug cruises across a strawberry leaf, following the ribs like lines in the road. This composition is so simple, with clear and colorful shapes and shadows.

I’ve been absent for a bit, playing around with Instagram just to learn it for myself and my customers’ use. It’s fun, I like instant, but the camera in my phone isn’t the best. To compensate I’ve been looking for things the camera photographs well and then playing around with filters. In this case, no filters, just a square photo. I’ll be featuring them here to catch up, one or two per day.

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This is shared on Friendship Friday on Create With Joy

Friendship Friday.

Friendship Friday.

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No, You’re Not Camouflaged

praying mantis
praying mantis

What’s your problem? she wants to know.

Praying Mantises are usually difficult to spot because they look like a stick among other sticks on a shrub or in a tree. A burgundy chrysanthemum is definitely not good cover.

It’s actually from 2008, before I began photo-blogging, but it’s one of my favorites. Usually, finding a praying mantis is a surprise as they are typically so well camouflaged while waiting for a hapless insect to land nearby, but deep rose-colored chrysanthemums are hardly a foil for a long, slender pale green insect!

They aren’t fearful of humans so I could get close and take quite a few photos. I was watching its tongue flick in and out as it tasted/smelled the air, and I have a few photos of it cleaning its front legs as well.

Spending time with a living creature so different from one’s self is always an interesting experience.

Here are a few other photos of these little sticks.

photo of praying mantis on chrysanthemum

Praying Mantis

I know there's an insect somewhere in this chrysanthemum.

I know there’s an insect somewhere in this chrysanthemum.

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Really Bad Camouflage

praying mantis
What's your problem? she wants to know.

What’s your problem? she wants to know.

Praying Mantises are usually difficult to spot because they look like a stick among other sticks on a shrub or in a tree. A burgundy chrysanthemum is definitely not good cover.

It’s actually from 2008, before I began photo-blogging, but it’s one of my favorites. Usually, finding a praying mantis is a surprise as they are typically so well camouflaged while waiting for a hapless insect to land nearby, but deep rose-colored chrysanthemums are hardly a foil for a long, slender pale green insect!

They aren’t fearful of humans so I could get close and take quite a few photos. I was watching its tongue flick in and out as it tasted/smelled the air, and I have a few photos of it cleaning its front legs as well.

Spending time with a living creature so different from one’s self is always an interesting experience.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Like Butterflies, 2010

butterfly weed seeds
butterfly weed seeds

Like Butterflies

Seeds from butterfly weed emerge from newly-opened pods, ready to have the wind carry their seeds all over this field.

The orange beetles are Milkweed Beetles of some sort, I just couldn’t ignore them.


Dragonfly: 2011

dragonfly
dragonfly

Dragonfly

This one came to visit my back yard this morning. She looks like either a Common Whitetail or a 12-spotted Skimmer to me.


Dragonfly

dragonfly

Dragonfly

This one came to visit my back yard this morning. She looks like either a Common Whitetail or a 12-spotted Skimmer to me.


Really Bad Camouflage

What's your problem? she wants to know.

What's your problem? she wants to know.

Praying Mantises are usually difficult to spot because they look like a stick among other sticks on a shrub or in a tree.

I know there's an insect somewhere in this chrysanthemum.

I know there's an insect somewhere in this chrysanthemum.

A burgundy chrysanthemum is definitely not good cover.