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photoblog image Tales from My Garden: Praying Prey or Preying Prayer?

Tales from My Garden: Praying Prey or Preying Prayer?

Way before our cat Condoleezza (now just Kuzia: after our first visit to the vet, who discovered that Condoleezza had balls) made our house his roaming place, Natalya and I had another pet, Mantildo. During summer months Mantildo's home was a boxwood bush near the porch. Every evening he would greet us, sitting on the top of the shrub. He never missed a chance to pose in front of my camera.  He could freeze and stay like this for minutes, which made shooting him such a pleasant experience. Where he hides during the cold winter days, God only knows, but I'm sure with the first warm spring day we'll see him again on the top of the boxwood bush and I'll start treating him again with these stupid fat night-moths, which drive themselves nuts, flapping their wings around the porch lantern until they drop dead, fully exhausted. 

Tales from My Garden: Praying Prey or Preying Prayer?

Way before our cat Condoleezza (now just Kuzia: after our first visit to the vet, who discovered that Condoleezza had balls) made our house his roaming place, Natalya and I had another pet, Mantildo. During summer months Mantildo's home was a boxwood bush near the porch. Every evening he would greet us, sitting on the top of the shrub. He never missed a chance to pose in front of my camera.  He could freeze and stay like this for minutes, which made shooting him such a pleasant experience. Where he hides during the cold winter days, God only knows, but I'm sure with the first warm spring day we'll see him again on the top of the boxwood bush and I'll start treating him again with these stupid fat night-moths, which drive themselves nuts, flapping their wings around the porch lantern until they drop dead, fully exhausted. 

comments (24)

This is the best macro i've ever seen. Purely amazing and gorgeous. A PERFECT picture.
vz-nostalgia: Oh, Ms. Flo. I think I've heard the same from you about some other Nostalgia pictures. smile
I'm glad you were not scared smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 29 Jan 2008, 00:42
Clever work with the silhouette to remove much of the scale. It looks huge in your shot!
vz-nostalgia: It looks huge, because it is, Martin! A monster among mantises. smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 29 Jan 2008, 01:51
Creepy and creative. Nice choice to limit to a silhouette. What a perfect moment to capture for this shot.
vz-nostalgia: Creative? Perhaps. Creepy? Nah. smile A perfectly designed machine for slaughtering careless little bugs. smile
  • Chris Phillips
  • 29 Jan 2008, 02:36
Creepy but great!
vz-nostalgia: Creepy?! He's the sweetest thing. smile If you really want to see a creepy thing, you got to travel to Washington, D.C., Chris. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Jan 2008, 03:20
I am afraid you seem to be gender-identification challenged, VZ...first the cat, and now the mantis.
No matter...She is a beauty and your portrait is wonderful!
vz-nostalgia: Hey, hey, Ray... I maybe bug gender challenged, but when it comes to the real thing, I'm right on target. smile
Pray present more preyers preying on prey. richard
vz-nostalgia: You got me lost in this tongue-twisting thought, Richard. smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 29 Jan 2008, 09:00
after ray's comment, i'm not sure about the he-she thing, but it is a great shot. i'm sure it was not at all easy.
vz-nostalgia: Easy...you know...usual stuff, Terry. You take tons of pictures and pick one or two that worth showing. The advantage of digital photography, so to speak. smile
you write (almost) as well as you take photographs. Very evocative.
vz-nostalgia: smile, Ms. Jamoula. Just putting few words of my limited vocabulary together. Taking pictures is much easier than writing about them, that's for sure. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Jan 2008, 12:54
I love the impressive (dark) silhouette, especially the interesting perspective, for my eyes are walking from the bush upwards and then they stand still, quite astonished, looking at these so tender,so fine antennas of this insect! So fine -I think- should be the antennas of our souls and our minds! The animal looks otherwise some dangerous.
As I read your wonderful story about the personal relationship between you and Mantildo I remembered the famous novel of Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis, about Gregor Samsa who one day wakes up totally transformed to a bug. I especially remind the following scene as Gregor (human being and animal at once) hears his sister playing this wonderful music which makes him longing for...:
"Gregor crept forward still a little further, keeping his head close against the floor in order to be able to catch her gaze if possible. Was he an animal that music so captivated him? For him it was as if the way to the unknown nourishment he craved was revealing itself. He was determined to press forward right up to his sister, to tug at her dress, and to indicate to her in this way that she might still come with her violin into his room, because here no one valued the recital as he wanted to value it. He did not wish to let her go from his room any more, at least not so long as he lived. His frightening appearance would for the first time become useful for him. He wanted to be at all the doors of his room simultaneously and snarl back at the attackers."
vz-nostalgia: You touched a special world and a special person in this world, Ms. Philine. Let the literary critics call his vision an absurdist fantasy, but for me Kafka was and always will be a hard-core realist. I often recall his name, when life presents me with people and events of such an absurd nature that I only shake my head in disbelief and say to myself "that is pure Kafka, damn it". smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 29 Jan 2008, 14:26
Insect invasion!!smile
Great macro work really impressed. Wicked smile
vz-nostalgia: You're most welcome, Ms. Tracy. Don't be afraid. We got to learn how to co-exist together. It is their world too. smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2008, 14:54
Wow! Magnificent smile
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Ms. Ellie.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jan 2008, 18:15
She really does look like she's praying! A fantastic shot, Viktor. I don't find her creepy at all. I'm just amazed you have a preying mantis in Atlanta. I thought they were found in much wilder terrain.
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: You don't find it creepy? Good for you, Ms. Ingrid. We have plenty of living creatures in our back and front yards. Atlanta is a very green city with a lot green islands. All these guys feel like home here. smile
  • marko
  • Oulu, Finland
  • 29 Jan 2008, 22:00
Wow! This really made me jump from my chair on a first look. Brings some kind of an old scifi movie in my mind.
vz-nostalgia: I believe, you're the first visitor from Finland on my bolg, Marco. Welcome to Nostalgia. Hope I didn't scare you off with this first image, ha-ha-ha.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 29 Jan 2008, 22:16
He seems to be on top of the world..obviously he has you photographing him!! smile
vz-nostalgia: Oh, he was a spoiled little creature, Ms. Richa. I'm sure he thought he was a local superstar and I'm just a poor paparazzi. smile
wow this is great!!! yes u saw something abt sex on my page haha but i removed it....
i've been quite indecisive today ....the birdies pic is gonna stay ...thanks for droppin by....
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 30 Jan 2008, 05:12
Viktor, I can you just 'picturit' with bribing this wonderful pet with a few night-moths, 'first sit still and than........'this is a fabulous macro, the angle makes Manthildo very big, I think you gave her all the credits she deserves being a study garden guest, please send her my regards we you two are meeting again...smile
vz-nostalgia: Bribing...ha-ha...that's how I used to do business back in Russia. It's one of the cornerstones of the Russian business machine. I guess it rooted deep in me smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 30 Jan 2008, 10:35
I suspect the answer to the question depends on one's perspective. Often those things we think are one thing, turn out to be something entirely different once we are able to adjust the lens through which we view them.
vz-nostalgia: Yep. One should never... misunderestimate (thank you, Mr. President) a timely visit to the ophthalmologist. smile
But seriously, you're absolutely right, Ms. Kathryn.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jan 2008, 21:19
The praying mantis, preying mantis and if he was male he would have been a prey long ago. I didn't know the litlle gobblers live for more than a season.

Excellent picture.
vz-nostalgia: A male as an endangered species...somewhere I've heard this song already, Louis. smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 31 Jan 2008, 02:18
Lovely shot, terrific macro.
vz-nostalgia: Lovely thought and a terrific comment, Ms. Aussie smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 31 Jan 2008, 06:33
I don't know how I missed this one, Viktor (oh yes...that was the DRY day Astrid and I were gallivanting around in Utrecht again!). But I LOVE it. I wonder if the aliens who watch us are so fascinated and dedicated!
vz-nostalgia: Lucky you. I wish it was me gallivanting with Astrid around Utrecht. Thanks for the word of the day. "Gallivant" wasn't in my vocabulary up until now. I guess I wasn't practicing gallivanting much smile
You and Mantildo seems to have a nice little arrangement. Exchange is certainly no robbery smile
vz-nostalgia: On the upper levels of the world affairs it's call a treaty, as it serves the mutual benefit of all concerned sides, Kunle. smile
Fantasitc shot, cant add to the commentry, it's just great
vz-nostalgia: In this case, you're most welcome, Nig. smile
  • Cathy Jensen
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Feb 2008, 15:43
my guess is that it's probably not a he, or he'd be dead by now - ya know how males tend to loose their heads over sex
vz-nostalgia: No, I don't. smile I do know a few ladies who did, though. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 2 Feb 2008, 14:41
Someone who has a cat with balls named Condoleezza (shame on you), a praying mantis named Mantildo ,who likes to pose in front of cameras and a garden where tales happen has my deepest respect...(I think envy is the right word... grin) Now, what can I say about Mantildo?! He has that austere posture of those who can connect with the ones living in the Olympus and the healthy look of a moth eater.
Thank you Mantildo for allowing Viktor to take this fascinating picture!
vz-nostalgia: You're so good at flattery, Ms. Reis. smile If you were a praying mantis, I'd feed you only the finest, the fattest moth-flies I can get my hands on. smile
I'll pass to Mantildo your gratitude as soon as I see him this spring.
PS. I don't feel any shame. If you look closely on the TV screen, you'll see that Condoleezza is a cat-woman. Not Halle Berry or Nastassja Kinski style, of course, but in her own way. smile
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