Young Praying Mantis

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I was sitting in a chair on the front porch when I noticed this young praying mantis heading for me along the edge of a table.  The body was only about one-half inch long.  After I went in and got a camera and made the picture, I moved the Mantis onto a plant.

I used the Olympus 60mm macro lens on a PEN-F.  This lens is turning out to be one of the most practical lenses I ever bought.  I still have trouble holding it steady but with good light, smaller aperture, and faster shutter speed I am getting better with using it.

Summer Carnival

Yesterday we had a Summer Carnival for the residents who live in the Personal Care Section of Homewood at Plum Creek.  I photograph several activities there each year for the residents and staff.  One of the things they usually do with the pictures is print them out and display them on bulletin boards throughout the facility and many of the pictures gravitate to the residents and their families.  Since we value the privacy of the residents and their families, we don’t publish them for outside display; but, I thought that I would try to show a few images to let others know of the activity.  If this works out OK, I might work at making more suitable pictures at future activities.