Sunday, June 10, 2012

Praying Mantis 101

I started this blog about 5 years ago, and at that point of time, I had no idea where this blog would be headed. I wasn't sure of what to do in this blog, what to post, or anything, whatsoever. I just wanted a site where I could post my photos. I never knew that I would continue posting for 5 years! And the URL of the blog, Praying Mantis 101, was just a sudden idea that came into my mind. Well, needless to say, the Praying Mantis was my favourite insect, and it still is. I find the praying mantis very fond of humans, especially the larger ones. They don't always try to escape. They sometimes watch you, and look straight into your eyes. And I don't know why, but most of the large praying mantises I come across just love to fly onto my face.

Well now that I've been posting for 5 years, I guess it's time for a break. Not that I want this break, but because I need it. I spend quite a lot of time going out for photography, and as much time organizing and posting these photos on my blog. And I'm no freebie - I'm a student who needs to focus on studies as well. Now I'm in 11th grade, and for me these 2 years are the most vital, the most important 2 years when it comes to deciding my future. And apart from that, I stay in a boarding school now in Bangalore, and they don't let you access the Internet that often (it's India!).

So I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you, who have viewed my blog, and posted your wonderful and encouraging comments. It is only because of you guys that I feel the urge to continue posting. And now I won't be doing so for a while, but that doesn't mean its the end. I may appear again during my holidays for one or two posts. And in the meantime, you could always browse through the 500+ posts I've published on this blog.

So that's it!
Thank You all for your support! Wishing everyone the best in their future endeavours!
Cheers, Shawn

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Snake on the Tree

Rat snakes, probabaly the most common snakes here in Kerala. But I never really got to photograph one well due to their shyness and speed. But just a day before school, this little rat snake decided to give me a treat.
I was walking to my neighbour's house when I spotted the snake on a mullberry tree. I thought these snakes were poor climbers, but well, I was proven wrong. The snake was happily resting on the tree, perhaps waiting for a bird or lizard to appear so it could grab and have a snack. Or maybe it was just watching the world from a different point of view.

The snake didn't slither away when I came close to shoot it. But it was very well aware of me, as it kept sticking its tongue out whenever I moved.

A beautiful snake indeed. I'd be glad if these snakes are around as they're harmless, and useful, as they help reduce the rat/rodent population in the area.


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