Life's little ups and downs... by Rina Greeff

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’n Foto van die silhoeët van ’n hottentotsgod op ’n muur op Jansenville in die Oos-Kaap van Suid-Afrika.

A praying mantis, or praying mantid, is the common name for an insect of the order Mantodea. Often mistakenly spelled preying mantis (a tempting mistake, as they are notoriously predatory) they are in fact named for the typical “prayer-like” stance. The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller.

Southern African indigenous mythology refers to the praying mantis as a god in Khoi and San traditional myths and practices, and the word for the mantis in Afrikaans is hottentotsgod (literally, the god of the Khoi).

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My husband and I live in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We both love nature, and therefore most of my subjects are the incredible wealth of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. I also write poetry in Afrikaans (one of the eleven official languages in South Africa) and often combine these poems with the photos I’ve taken. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Uitstekend Rina!

    2 DAY 2011/04/07

  • Baie dankie – die hottentosgod bly vir my ’n heerlikheid om te kliek!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Macky
    Mackyover 3 years ago

    A beautiful silhouette Rina, superb!!

  • Thank you, Macky!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 3 years ago

    BAIE oulik!
    :-)

  • Baie dankie, Qnita!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago


    Congratulations! Your wonderful image is among the featured work chosen for the group African Art and Photography by our current Featured Artist Qnita

  • A wonderful surprise: thank you!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Baina Masquelier
    Baina Masquelierover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and lovely silhouette! A fave! Interesting reading too… Congratualtions with Life’s little ups and downs… and the feature!

  • Thank you – much appreciated!

    – Rina Greeff

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 3 years ago

    Outstanding capture!!!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Beautiful, and congratulations on the feature Rina!

  • Thank you, Maree!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago


    Congratulations, you are in the Top Ten of the African Silhouettes challenge!

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your TOP 10 placement Rina, great stuff!

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Greeting dear
    Your outstanding artwork is the spectacular to study about:)
    Humm.. a song; going to outdoor with your guys sometime, you’ll feel spite!:)
    Best Regards
    Sunny

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