Sundays in My City

Unknown Mami

Today was a beautiful crisp cool day with brilliant blue skies, perfect for going along to a rally in support of placing a price on carbon pollution. Apparently quite a few other people thought the same, which makes me feel a little better about not being able to go.

We’d have been there in a heart-beat if we could but it was not to be. Tom’s school had their band camp this weekend and we therefore had a concert to attend at 1pm and a child to collect and bring home afterwards, so no climate change action rally for us.

Adam and I left the two older kids at home and had a nice quiet drive out to the camp site. The 3 bands all played very well and Tom seems to have had a good time so that was nice.

None of which do I have any photos of to share.

However, when we arrived home and I got out of the car I found myself nose to nose with one of my most favourite things in the world. A praying mantis.

Praying mantis

Wanting to see if I could get a better angle and background, I picked her (I think) up, whereupon she immediately walked up my forearm.

Praying mantis

In this shot she’s looking at the dog, who was bouncing around wanting to know what on earth I was doing standing in the garden taking photos of my own arm and hand.

Praying mantis


Back up to my elbow.


Praying mantis


On my hand, lunging for the camera.


Praying mantis


Time to say goodbye.


Praying mantis


And here she is back in the tree.


Praying mantis

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16 Responses to “Sundays in My City”

  1. BLOGitse says:

    What a charming creature!
    Have a relaxing Sunday!

  2. Samantha says:

    They are such fantastic shots!!! I love them too.

  3. mimbles says:

    They're such awesome insects, I love the way they focus on your face and seem really aware of you as another thinking creature.

  4. Keetha Broyles says:

    Great shots!

    Walking sticks and leaves are also favorites.

  5. Sonya says:

    Oh my goodness,wat a cutie!! love your shots and I love your wedding ring!

  6. myrelish says:

    Hooray for beautiful sunny days.
    I love preying mantis but never seem to have a camera of any sort around when I come across one, great captures.

  7. Tara R. says:

    What a wonderful capture. She (?) was a very cooperative model.

  8. Life with Kaishon says:

    I LOVE these shots. God's creation is so amazing. Hopefully you can go to the next one : )

  9. Unknown Mami says:

    Love the cute little face shots.

    This is Unknown Mami. I'm having a hard time commenting.

  10. carol anne says:

    She's beautiful. I'd never have the nerve to pick her up. I wish that I could find it in me but I'm terrified of bugs. Seriously, what great photos.

  11. Laurie Matherne says:

    Your pictures are incredible. Enjoy your Sunday!

  12. brainella says:

    Nifty pictures. My mother won a prize at the state fair for a picture of a praying mantis. Such odd, interesting bugs. 🙂

  13. Rebecca says:

    I don't think she was looking at the dog, I bet she was eying up your ring. She's a smart praying mantis!

    And band camp! I loved band camp with all my heart when I was in high school! Absolutely amazing memories!

  14. Penny says:

    Tim loves mantids 🙂

  15. urban muser says:

    that praying mantis is so cool. i was terrified of them as a child 🙂

  16. La Principessa Errante says:

    What wonderful creatures they are, love that it stuck with you for so many photos. They really are wonderful.

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