Praying Mantis by Laurel Talabere

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Taken near Baker City, OR USA. Canon Rebel XT. Copyright: Photographer Laurel Talabere

Featured in the group: “Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies” (February, 2012).

Winner in the Top Ten Place in the group: “Winged Insects” (February, 2012).

For years, I’ve been an amateur photographer. I have traveled widely & my camera has been a constant companion. To me, the most intriguing aspects of photography are composition & color.
As a retired nursing professor, I now have time to hone my photographic skills. Special areas of interest include animal, bird, butterfly & flower macros as well as photos of people and places. However, I am an eclectic photographer, drawn to a wide variety of subjects.
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  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    This is the “Feature” Banner

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    See also the groups message

  • Wow!! I am so pleased. Many thanks for this honor! Take care,

    – Laurel Talabere

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Great find and capture Laurel.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Hi Jude, I found this in my sister’s yard. It is one of those “in the right place at the right time” photos. Thanks.for comment. Take care,

    – Laurel Talabere

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    Congratulations Laurel with the Feature in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies!
    Wow an excellent image and so very well deserved!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Hi Jo, Thanks so much for your comment. This feature was a wonderful surprise. Take care,

    – Laurel Talabere

  • Mitch Labuda
    Mitch Labudaover 2 years ago

    I’ve come across these litter warriors on some of my walks, only to have them raise their front legs to warn me, back off and stay away, and I gave them a nod and moved away.

  • Yes, they do try their best to be formidable. Maybe that’s what the pose in this photo is all about. Take care,

    – Laurel Talabere

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    Congrats on your top ten placement


  • Hi Johan, Thanks so much to the voters for putting my photo in the Top Ten Place in the Winged Insects Group. Take care,

    – Laurel Talabere

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    Congrats Laurel with the Top Ten in the Challenge Crickets, Grasshoppers, Locusts & Praying Mantis!
    A beautiful job very well done.
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Hi Jo, Many thanks for your comment and for adding my photo of the praying mantis to your favorites. Take care,

    – Laurel Talabere

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