This image is created from a photograph of a garden visitor I took this summer.
When I was a child I was told that if anyone killed a praying mantis there would be a $50 fine. I was never quite sure how someone would know who did it, or how they would know (shoe print identification?), but one thing is for sure, I developed a genuine regard for and fascination with these creatures. I thought they were praying mantises (not preying). So I knew I had to treat them well.
Now that I know that they are also good for the garden, I was glad to see this guy sitting on my plants. I took lots of pix and I have wanted to work with him ever since.
Here he is ...
I used all this weird color and light to show him as I always imagined him ... mysterious and magical.