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Portrait of a Mantis

Portrait of a Mantis
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Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa_Urania) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 30 N: 114] (867)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-30
Categories: Nature, Portrait
Camera: Sony DSC P32
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): MANTIS the most beautiful animal of them all [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 16:33
Viewed: 5018
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mantis Religiosa
The religious mantis is called this way to these insects because it remains leaning on its later appendixes and they maintain the couple of previous appendixes together, this position adopts it while this wait to its prey (this posture is as that of the humans when they pray).

The old cultures considered it a sacred or diabolical insect. And this ambivalent attitude has transformed it into a present figure in many cultures. In Rome if somebody made sick, it was believed that it was because of the look of the mantis. Among the Rumanian the legend counts that during the persecutions, the Christian -Pedro and the veteran of the church - they decided to form women like missionaries. But to protect them of the pursuit of the pagans, they forced them to cover the face with a veil and not to speak in the road with anybody. One of them of name Calugarita, it was approached by a waiter of beautiful aspect that was not another that the son of Satan. She then took off the veil and her to teach him Christ's doctrine. Pedro, warned by the angel, went immediately and it surprised the woman without the veil, then to punish her it transformed it into insect. The woman when seeing it arrive tried to cover the face quickly, so the veil became since mantel it was only able to be placed it on the shoulders. Of there it comes, then, the form and the name of the animal. On the other hand, it is possible to recognize on an entire part of the African continent, the vestiges of a religion of the religious mantis, in the one that them to surrender cult to this insect identifying it as creative god, healing demiurgo, or demon of the hunt.

More information in: http://kubernesis.voznet.com.mx/acento/columnas/aberraciones/487.htm

Other pictures of this Mantis in:
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TrekNature : http://www.treknature.com/gallery/North_America/Mexico/photo168.htm

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2004-07-30 16:40]
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Great macro shot, Ninfa. Excellent note, too. I like the blue gradient background. The sharpness is not optimal, but that is always a problematic item in this kind of photography. TFS.

What an interesting photograph, it's as if the Mantis is looking in at us rather than as at it.

  • Great 
  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2004-07-30 16:53]
  • [2]

What a funny shot, if it is posing for your camera.....

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 911 W: 120 N: 47] (244)
  • [2004-07-30 16:59]

What a great shot Nifa. And i like the post process you did on it too. Perfect title for it too. It really is a potrait. Very ewll done.

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  • sbilgi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 316 W: 50 N: 29] (5158)
  • [2004-07-30 17:15]
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Greate macro mi amigo.Very handsome(!).Perfect portrait.Saludos.

Great Work!!

Looks like you made a new friend here. It's a very interesting photo. The finger gives us a size reference and the background constrast well with the subject. Thank you for your note also which is very informative. TFS.

Great macro with an even better note. Excellent work.

Ce n'est pas Dieu possible, Ninfa vous avez dressé cette Mante Religieuse, elle vous obéit au doigt et à l'oeil ;-))
Une merveille !
Stupéfaction : ADMIRATION !
It is not possible God, Ninfa you drew up this Religious mantis, it obeys you in the finger and in the eye;-))
A miracle!
Bewilderment: ADMIRATION!

Nice macro,like the contrast with the blue.
this mantis should become a model ;-).

  • Great 
  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2004-07-31 9:51]

Nice perspective!

Excellent job!!!

Fantastic pic. It's just too bad about the sharpness.

Right in the spot Ninfa.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 420 N: 1093] (6670)
  • [2004-07-31 18:16]

Unbelieveble compo Ninfa, You did great!!, looks like the Mantis is talking to you,almost a scene from a film..Excellent composing, colors and creativity..one of my favorites-GREAT Job !

  • Great 
  • Ania Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 3] (154)
  • [2004-07-31 19:53]

Two words:


Congratulations Ninfa.

An excellent macro shot Ninfa, I love the perfect composition here, the deatail and focus are very good, I love the cicle of light behind the mantis.
Very well done, good work.

  • Neige Gold Star Critiquer [C: 610 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-08-03 1:31]

Allo Ninfa - c'est merveilleux cette photo, on dirait Macroscome, le film. Il est tard, je vais me coucher, mais reviendrai demain ajouter mon commentaire. marie.

  • Great 
  • lyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 8] (64)
  • [2004-08-16 16:26]

Great angle. Great note. Like the lighting too.

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  • ptah (52)
  • [2004-08-26 3:07]

omg, great.

Of course a bit sharpness to the eyes and destructo of the white line between his leg and the finger would do the job of perfection. But the photo is great.

I just discovered this beautiful picture. I love the way you composed it and your note is very informative !



  • Great 
  • DAM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 513 W: 67 N: 268] (1110)
  • [2005-03-25 12:14]

Ninfa outstanding Macro. Solo he empezado a experimentar con este tipo de fotografia. Pero al ver esta foto me captivo totalmente. La entrare como una de mis favoritas. Preciosa. Gracias

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  • jal Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 19] (113)
  • [2005-05-03 17:28]
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Me parece muy simpática la foto... y muy valiente por tu parte!!! ;) (en serio, no sé por qué, pero aunque me hipnotizan las mantis no me atrevería a cogerlas en mis manos...). El juego de colores me gusta. Jose Angel

  • Great 
  • spike1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 450 W: 0 N: 464] (4321)
  • [2005-05-31 23:41]

Great photo Ninfa! The POV is excellent, and the background colour really highlights the mantis well.

  • Great 
  • Lisar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 319 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-07 13:45]

Wow, so simple and so beautiful. Amazing colours. Bravo Ninfa!


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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2006-11-18 1:52]

beautiful and funny pic Ninfa .
great macro.

nice composition nice mantis !
the green of the mantis with a blue background is really well done
i love this macro

Praying Mantis
From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
I glimpse the grim, green metal mug
That masks this pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us.

—Ogden Nash, from Custard and Company

Your shot illustrates Nash's poem nicely! Tfs, Jay

Congratulations. Very good shot. More focus on the insect rather than in the finger and it`d be perfect!

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