The Hunter and the Hunted- Sedona, Arizona
On a rather chilly morning I walked out of my hotel room in Sedona and found this really cool mantis. So I picked him up and went in search of some pretty flowers or a stellar rock formation to photograph it on. Then serendipity struck and I found this katydid. Don’t worry they were both extremely cold and the last thing on his little mantis mind was to eat the katydid. I placed the mantis on the same blade as the bug and started shooting. I really like how the sun comes through both of their bodies and makes them translucent. Early morning is a great time to photograph “cold blooded animals” because they are much slower and more cooperative in the morning. Once I was finished I moved the mantis to the other side of the garden and left the katydid where I found it. As for the staged shot, I make no apologies because it reflects what could and does happen in nature. It is not as if I put them both in giant sombreros and gave them a pair of maracas. Although that would be pretty funny!
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