I don't usually start with a fuzzy photo, but this happened so fast I
was lucky to get it at all and I just love it, so I'll use my creative
license here and tweak my own rules.
I generally find a bug or other creature in its habitat and try to
photograph it without disturbing it. This praying mantis was, as
you can see, pointed out to me, and rapidly departing the vicinity of
Since the mantis was in danger of departing, I scooped it up for a
Of course, I had to share. Kyle got a close up view of the
scared, and even got to touch it briefly. I didn't want him to
squash it, so I snapped a few fast pictures and let the praying mantis
go in a nearby tree.