Camera : Fuji FiinePixZoom
Taken in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

This Praying Mantis (Mantidae Stagomantis – Afrikaans “Hottentotsgod”, literally meaning the god of the Khoi) was following my every move as I moved around the tree to get the best shot. Her little head turned with every movement I made, seemingly staring me right in the eye all the while, yet not making the slightest move in case she might give away her position, perfectly camouflaged amongst the leaves. She chose a good spot, as her wings looked exactly like the leaves of the blue gum tree (Eucalyptus) she was resting in.


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendall5 months ago

    Groenegagie!! Die één gogga waarvoor ek fyntrap!

  • Ha ha ha, ek weet! Mog jy ’n paar in jou tuin hê!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • myraj
    myraj5 months ago

    Great Shot Maree. Not too easy to find. lol
    x Myra

  • That’s so true Myra and thanks for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PineSinger
    PineSinger5 months ago

    Great shot looking right at you!

  • Thanks Pamela, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

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