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10/09/2004: "Standoff On My Patio."

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My wife has a friend that has an irrational fear of the Praying Mantis. She freaks out at even a photo of one. I'm glad she wasn't on my patio today. I'm also glad she doesn't read my blog. After I shot this photo I set him/her free.

Replies: 13 have commented

wow, that pic is unbelievable, truly amazing. Actually my Mom is sitting next to me and I showed her and she said you must have done it in photoshop and then said "that is f*cking beautiful." From the mouths of ....

dar said @ 10/09/2004 08:37 PM PST

"Dude, I was on this guy's patio and he brought out a camera and started taking pictures...yo, his head was, like, THIS big!!"

meghan said @ 10/09/2004 09:22 PM PST

Did you have to coax it with treats to get it to pose like that? You have more power with the camera than anyone else. It's even smiling. Or is it giving you the finger? Either way, great photo!

Dame! said @ 10/10/2004 11:30 AM PST

I never actually experienced Karri's phobia (except when she would see one on TV) but her boyfriend at the time did. He told us the story of them walking through some grass when he pointed one out to her (not knowing her fear). She then froze, started to hyperventilate and her eyes rolled into the back of her head. Man, I wish I could have seen it!!! Good times!

marisa said @ 10/10/2004 12:29 PM PST

praying mantis hyperventilation stories make me happy.

Amy Chop said @ 10/11/2004 08:32 AM PST

Coolest photo ever. Seriously.

Jen said @ 10/11/2004 10:19 AM PST

Great shot. I haven't come across any praying manti this year, very odd. I was going to take a shot of a gorgeous moth but when I got close it decided to attack me.

Jeff A said @ 10/11/2004 11:36 AM PST

I don't think I've ever seen one of those in the wild before. Much less to have one on your porch. So weird. And gross.

Megan said @ 10/12/2004 10:58 AM PST

What a fantastic shot.

Broad said @ 10/12/2004 01:36 PM PST

Jeff. Do NOT corner Mothra! He gave Godzilla all he could handle.

Brooks said @ 10/12/2004 01:45 PM PST

that is so cool. i guess maybe you are a celebrity.

copygodd said @ 10/12/2004 09:09 PM PST

ha ha ha! F'ing AWESOME!

styro said @ 10/13/2004 01:52 PM PST

great photo!

silex said @ 10/16/2004 03:43 PM PST

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