For some reasons, a little mantis had never left a same place for three weeks, be it stormy or sunny, day or night.
A woman climbed up a mountain and watched the South China Sea at every sunrise, in anticipation of the return of her husband. But she fell ill and died after years of waiting.
She turned into a stone that continued watching the sea and waiting for that day. This is the legend of Mount Kinabalu, that of the tiny mantis must be as great.
But I took advantage to make the mantis my model, before it became a stone.
I had ample time for many trials and errors, and many decent shots.
The mantis was disturbed by my camera flash, and reacted terribly in such a way that saw it posing like a professional; that was great!
I felt so great too!! (I put three extension tubes, 36mm, 20mm and 12mm, onto my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens).
That was cruel, and yet the world is cruel. People take advantage whenever circumstances allow. Be you a mantis, a mountain, a stone or else. I am but as cruel.
The mantis transformed from black to green in the fourth week, before turning into a stone.