Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA
Tired after shooting all day I was exiting the garden when I spotted this praying mantis in a shrub. We played hide and seek for about an hour and I had only managed one decent shot. I packed up my gear and started to walk away but I decided to turn around and look one more time. He struck this pose and I had to go back and photograph him again. He was patient and didn't move. Since I tend to shoot more from an artist approach I really love this photo because of the lines, the colors and the pose...it all came together.
standard RAW processing, minor crop and sharpening for screen
Nikon D700, 200 macro @ f/11, tripod