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I ran across this little critter today while out on safari. We checked each other out for a few minutes, then went about our business . . .

Nikon D60
18-55mm lens @ 35mm
CP Filter
shot in RAW, converted to .jpg
as is, right out of the camera

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  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Great capture! He really is looking at you!

  • THANK YOU, Barbara!! sorry for the delay in responding.

    – Ron Hannah

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 5 years ago

    nice capture

  • many thanks, Ryan. sorry for the delay in the reply!

    – Ron Hannah

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Oh, I love these things, they are so cool looking, great shot of him Ron.

  • Thank you, Kim. I just looked up ant there s/he was!!

    – Ron Hannah

  • armadillozenith
    armadillozenithabout 5 years ago

    Great to see mantis and shadow interplay.. with the focus right on that eye looking back at you!

    A curiosity I’ve noticed and now look for: on various insects’ eyes, the apparent pupil we may see is actually an optical effect, that shifts with position of the observer; it is neither a real hole, nor a pigment spot. Is it the observer’s shadow, or the reflection of the darkness of our own observing pupil? However it’s produced, the effect neatly serves to give their faceted compound eyes a more recognisably humanoid look, as an ‘expressive eye’ of the sort we are used to; and so we can often perceive, even in the rather alien forms of an insect head, a recognisable ‘face’. Odd, though, isn’t it?

  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahabout 5 years ago

    Thanks, Aramdillo!! I tried to make him/her raise into the defensive position that looks like they are going to attack with their matrial arts. This one was just too mellow and unconderned about me, so I stopped annoying him/her and just shot my shots!

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    December 12th, 2012
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