Look who is hanging around our house ~ Best Shot Monday

Last week while we were getting ready for school J. and Addie discovered a little visitor in our courtyard.

What the...?

Addie checked on him before school, after school, and several times throughout the day. “Mama! He’s still there!” she’d screech.

He is still there!

What was it that created such a commotion?

Praying that he won't fall off the gate

This lovely little praying mantis is my BSM for today. If you click on the photo you can get a closer look. He was really, really cool. Since then we have seen two others in our garden – well perhaps this guy again and his friend!

Stop by Tracey’s to see who else is hanging around with some BSMs.

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23 Responses to “Look who is hanging around our house ~ Best Shot Monday”


  1. 1 Erinne September 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Here expression is priceless!! A bit of excitement, fear, and wonder all in one – so beautiful… Have a great week! 😉

  2. 2 Karin September 22, 2008 at 2:39 am

    These photos are truly beautiful. You have wonderful skill. Lovely shots and your daughter is so cute!

  3. 3 carey September 22, 2008 at 3:43 am

    wonderful picture of the mantis!

    it is really funny though because we have praying mantis pictures too! i’m planning on posting them tomorrow! 🙂

  4. 4 Tracy September 22, 2008 at 5:29 am

    so cool!! her expressions are wonderful!

  5. 5 megan September 22, 2008 at 6:41 am

    wow — that mantis must have some photography experience & knew what a fabulous picture that would make :)!

  6. 6 killlashandra September 22, 2008 at 7:21 am

    What a wonderful picture of the praying mantis! I love how he is upside down even. That certainly causes a lot of wonderment. 😉

  7. 7 MommyBrain September 22, 2008 at 7:36 am

    I love how you really captured the amazement in Addie’s eyes.

  8. 8 MelodyA. September 22, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Very cool, great shots! They freak me out though because they can jump.

  9. 9 Jen September 22, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Her expression is priceless. I had no idea what kind of creature would be revealed. Praying Mantis are really cool.

  10. 10 MGF September 22, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I love her expression looking at the inscet. Classic….

  11. 11 Christina September 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    The very best part of this is her wide-eyed epressions of fascination. I have some hysterical pictures of Nadia with a lizard – she was a bit freaked! I haven’t seen a praying mantis in forever…he’s a cool little guy!

  12. 12 Joanna September 22, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I love the fascination and excitement in her eyes. How great that the little critter was there again and again. Thats just great fun for kids.

  13. 13 Jaimee September 22, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Oh my…we had one IN our house this week! They must be in season! I took a picture of ours too…I may just have to post it now too! 🙂 I love the shot of him…soooo cool that he’s sitting in the spiral!

  14. 14 Bridget September 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    What great expressions on your sweet little girl. Great photos!

  15. 15 golightly September 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Very Cool! I want to see one up close and personal too!

  16. 16 ksmcnulty September 23, 2008 at 3:23 am

    that is so sweet, you totally read her expressionFUL eyes!

  17. 17 thelandofka September 23, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Very cool – I just love the shots of Addie checking him/her/it out!

  18. 18 Dawn September 23, 2008 at 8:17 am

    So cute! The shots of Addie are adorable~ Neat find!

  19. 19 Maggie September 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    What a cool shot — you’re in California with all those “fancy” bugs. We stick to plain old grasshoppers in boring old Kansas!

  20. 20 Colleen September 29, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Very cool bug. One of the few bugs I’m ok with.

    I tried to click it larger and flickr said it was private. Do I have to be added?

  21. 21 earthlingorgeous September 29, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Oh I love the expression of Addie on her face on photo 1, really captured her amazement of the bug and probably a little curious of it being there for long. Nice shot. The mantis shot was awesome too 🙂

  22. 22 Kim October 3, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    have you got your flickr account locked? Very cool mantis.

  23. 23 Maya October 7, 2008 at 10:47 am

    How could she not be excited for that? That shot is soo cool of it too!


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