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You stand waiting for a bus which never comes, then all of a sudden two turn up at the same time Smile. This is what happened to me. A grave shortage of mantis this year, I didn't think I was going to spot any, when I saw the little brown one running along the drive, closely followed by my cat! I quickly retrieved him and placed him on a nearby plant, turned around, lo and behold there was a green mantis watching the antics from another plant! A quick photo shoot, and the pair were released into the bougainvillea hedge, safely out of harm's way.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:the proverbial bus!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:3 Oct 2012 - 5:57 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Humour, Humour / fun, Macro, Nature, Preying mantis, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:63
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 6:04 AM

Pin sharp and most pleasing capture, nicely lit

Lavina

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ugly
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3 Oct 2012 - 6:26 AM

V2 looks better to my eye....
Very sharp and full of detail...

Great work and timing...

Dave

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Chinga
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3 Oct 2012 - 6:26 AM

A time capsule buried at Jersey Zoo in 1988 contains the following popular quote by Durrell, often used in conservation awareness campaigns:

We hope that there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will have an orchestra of bird song and that the sound of their wings and the opalescence of their colouring will dazzle you.
We hope that there will still be the extraordinary varieties of creatures sharing the land of the planet with you to enchant you and enrich your lives as they have done for us.
We hope that you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world.
Durrel was also a lover of all insects and animals found in Greece... Those two of yours are devine! Good capture with so much on offer... Have a lovely day IB

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 6:30 AM

Perfect Carol, love them both.

Andy

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Deep_Bhatia
3 Oct 2012 - 7:24 AM

Carol, nicely seen and captured. Deep

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SUE118
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3 Oct 2012 - 7:28 AM

I bet your cat wasn't pleased. They look like are about to box.

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MoragM
MoragM  4 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 - 7:29 AM

Great capture.

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RonnieAG
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3 Oct 2012 - 7:30 AM

Two fine detailed shots of the pair, Carol.
Ronnie.

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Badgerfred
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3 Oct 2012 - 7:52 AM

2 super images Carol, V2 a slight favourite,
Fred.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:00 AM

That is so fascinating ~ two fine macro shots.

Albert

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achieverswales

Like the both once again Carol, two excellent macros and share the votes.

Regards

Trev.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:02 AM


Quote: A time capsule buried at Jersey Zoo in 1988 contains the following popular quote by Durrell, often used in conservation awareness campaigns:

We hope that there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will have an orchestra of bird song and that the sound of their wings and the opalescence of their colouring will dazzle you.
We hope that there will still be the extraordinary varieties of creatures sharing the land of the planet with you to enchant you and enrich your lives as they have done for us.
We hope that you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world.
Durrel was also a lover of all insects and animals found in Greece... Those two of yours are devine! Good capture with so much on offer... Have a lovely day IB

What a fitting epitaph for your two very fine images Carol.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:09 AM

The Praying Mantis

From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Blooming heck......

Regards Nathan

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:35 AM

So a day for Praying Mantis odes
and so beautifully put by both Nathan and Isabel
but what two great images Carol
as you say 2 for the price of 1
Lillian

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:09 AM

Two excellent captures Carol.
Joan.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:11 AM

'Do you come here often?'
I think you have set up a blind date here.
Moira

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 9:33 AM

Well spotted Carol. Two for the price of one. Wonder why there are less numbers for you this year? Chris on the mend thanks for asking. Paul

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Irishkate
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3 Oct 2012 - 10:05 AM

Two lovely images of this fascinating creature and some lovely quotes.
Useful to have for Camera Clubs votes of thanks.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
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3 Oct 2012 - 10:31 AM

So that's how you do it, you get your cat to go and hunt them down!! Lovely '69' arrangement, Carol, excellent images.

Dave

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digital_boi
3 Oct 2012 - 10:31 AM

good find Carol nice capture

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 10:48 AM

The ups and downs of Mantis life! These really are lovely and so glad they didn't become a light snack for the cat!

Ann

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
3 Oct 2012 - 11:41 AM

Got them going today Carol lol. they do look like aliens lol. very good capture of both in both shots good detail, perfect light like them both! and I just said both three times lol. + one.......regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
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3 Oct 2012 - 11:51 AM

Excellent.

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prabhusinha
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3 Oct 2012 - 12:45 PM

Nathan is great to elaborate the pic & its ethos.

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TrevBatWCC
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3 Oct 2012 - 2:06 PM

Two cracking captures, Carol, hard to choose between the two, so I won't, and it's half a vote for each! Wink
Trev Smile

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 2:12 PM

Two super macro shots as Trevor says its hard to choose between them and I two would like to offer half a vote to each image - thank you for your comments on my to-days upload xx

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moiral
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3 Oct 2012 - 2:58 PM

2 excellent captures Carol. Moira

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Gerryrys
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3 Oct 2012 - 4:57 PM

V1 is superb.
Gerry

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Growmore
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3 Oct 2012 - 5:20 PM

Great close ups Carol.
Gary

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ChristineD
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3 Oct 2012 - 6:06 PM

Two great captures, sharp and full of detail

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AnnChown
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3 Oct 2012 - 7:09 PM

Loved Nathan's poem! Aren't they so beautiful? Love them and two fine captures Carol.
Ann

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Snapitt
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3 Oct 2012 - 7:27 PM

Two great captures of these interesting little creatures Carol.

Jane

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jaktis
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3 Oct 2012 - 7:47 PM

Great with the contrasting colours, a superb image

Peter

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Silverzone
3 Oct 2012 - 8:09 PM

Reminds me of the Grand old Duke of York! When they were up they were up and when they were down they were down! Super capture. Sylvia

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pluckyfilly
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3 Oct 2012 - 8:58 PM

Well captured

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bobhowell
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3 Oct 2012 - 9:24 PM

when the green one gets to the top does he/she then sun bath and go back down brown? sorry no need to answer that awful question. Great pictures both and the detail is brilliant.

Bob

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goso
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3 Oct 2012 - 9:38 PM

Well detailed Carol, and well saved again - I guess their "preying" worked ! ...Bill

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4 Oct 2012 - 8:25 PM

I was out yesterday, but had to have a look at your upload, and so glad I did, I think it's wonderful, Carol.

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6 Oct 2012 - 7:07 PM

I'm lichen these both very much Carol, not many insects around here now despite the weather being good today.

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7 Oct 2012 - 8:51 AM

How extraordinary! I have now seen green and brown in totally different places, even an alfalfa and green one, but two different colours in the same place is something else.
One to be proud of!

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