This Made Me Smile!

Challenge #81 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, show us a photo of something in the natural world which brought a smile to your face. Perhaps it was an insect, spider or other small creature, a flower or plant, or maybe rocks. Macro and close-ups welcome. Size 1,600px MAXIMUM.
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The concept and title were thought up long before this photo was ever realized. What made me smile, were trying to find a suitable location and 'model", then trying to coerce a confused and energetic mantis into sitting still long enough to get the shot. The most satisfying aspect, was that the final result was almost identical to my mind's-eye vision.
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Submitted: Sunday, 12th January, 2014 08:57 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 16th September, 2009
Focal length: 105 mm
Shutter speed: 1/40 sec
Aperture: F22
ISO: 100
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