First of all, I came across this one:
Here is what the photographer, Hasan Baglar, says:
Mr. Baglar's photograph is a showstopper. I love it for so many reasons: The insects are spectacularly beautiful, their posture is funny and it fills you with joy. I love, too, that it celebrates the small; it makes the insignificant spectacular.
‘When mantises are afraid of something, they raise their arms and spread their wings. It’s their normal defensive behaviour. To take the picture I attempted to touch them and this is how they reacted, opening their wings. They look like smiling ballet dancers.’
The other shot that stopped me in my tracks is this one. I do not find it in any way spectacular:
It hit me because I recognized it right away. I have passed it a zillion times—well maybe fifty. I passed it every time I went to my favourite beach in Nice where I have spent two fabulous years in my lifetime.
See all the photos here.