I was going to attempt to post something other than a bug today but this Mantis is just too beautiful to ignore. I had to spend the evening cleaning up the massive amount of gum leaves and bark (that fall from our forest of trees) and pulling weeds. It’s not a job that I necessarily love but one that makes me feel better after it’s done. The best part about this chore is that I run across heaps of little critters along the way. Unfortunately, they are usually the less desirable kinds…the kind that sting and bite. I get nailed by something almost every time.
This little beauty was a welcome sight. I just love the pink eyes and deep red on the arms. This was a great excuse to take a break!
I spent the majority of the day crawling around in the bush. It rained last night and bit today as well, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go out and enjoy it with the rest of mother nature. Oh how wildlife thrives after a good soaking.
Today was a little more adventurous than I had hoped…but not for photographic reasons. I lost my phone as I was out on my ‘bush crawl’ this evening, just as the sun was setting. I jogged to my truck and raced home to get Lara’s phone, then straight back to re-trace my steps. The problem was I hadn’t followed the trail, I was just meandering through the brush, looking for anything that moved…making it hard to re-trace my exact path. Just as dark was setting in, I found my phone! A bit of luck and 47 missed calls (from myself on Lara’s phone) and there it was.
At least I didn’t have to worry about someone else finding it first, as I’ve never seen anyone else out there crawling through the bush like me.
I have so many good pictures from today. This is just a few.
We were out for an evening bush walk with the dogs after the rains. We passed through this patch of wispy weeds with the little purple flowers splashed in between. It was Lara’s idea to get a picture here. I only had my macro lens with me, so I knelt down and framed the best 60mm patch I could. I front focused on the front line of weeds, leaving the splashes of color a bit abstract in the background.