Praying mantis! Oh, my most favorite time and location called Váté písky (Air-Blown Sands).
I can never resist to come back there and shoot those amazing tiny creatures during late Summer
To learn more, my journal from 2017:
Mantis huntingHi guys,
I promised some update with macro shot. I am a newbie and still learning how to befriend with my new camera and lens, so macro is other new field I have to study.
But I am working hard
Today I'd like to share some shots I took during my visit of tremendous Moravian locality - it's called Váté písky (Air-Blown Sands). It is a very special habitat, which is 6 km long and only 120 meters wide with a very frequented railway in the centre. It is extremely hot and almost completely tree-free with a thick layer of sand under your feet. This locality therefore attracts warm-climate prefering species such as rare types of plants, birds, spiders and insects. And every photographer knows that if you want to shoot a mantis, this is the right spot!
When planning your visit, don't forget you are about to enter a desert-like place (walking under direct sun, very high temperatures), so a cap and 2 litres of water are a total minimum. Expect nothing but nature, you m
"don't mind me... i'ma just creep around... its what i do..." slinks away
Oh hi, Mark.
The shortcut through the humans naturist retreat was a real eye opener for Manny!
Aaah, so adorable!
"Oh, hello human!"
Great capture Woxys, I love the detail and personality you got out of this bug!
Danger, danger in the grass,
But only if one is very tiny.
She looks like she's in gorgeous condition. Beautiful shot.
That is a most excellent shot!
I had a huge one sitting on the side of my van a few weeks ago, I was like, "where'd you come from??"
are you from US? You have pretty big ones
Love this! I rarely see insect photography and certainly not of this quality.
lovely greens here
They're like..my favorite insect. Great pic!
looked straight into the camera
Looks surprised to see you
indeed! do you know what's so fascinating on mantis? They DO register human beings! It's not like a butterfly or any other species that just escape. Mantis turns its head and has a look at you, observing. It is fantastic!
This is a great shot. Praying mantids are such wonderful animals.