Friday, June 24, 2011

Rescue Mission ~ Camera-Critters #168

This week has been a very stressful and busy week at work. Not only am I trying to get caught up after being on vacation, summer quarter for my students just started, so I'm busy trying to solve problems, put out fires, and make sure the students' financial aid comes in without a hitch.

Yesterday, while I stared at in a file of loans and numbers, my co-worker "J" came into my office...

"Rescue Mission!" She says. "You need to perform a rescue mission!"
"I'm trying my best to rescue these loan funds." I laughed.
"No!" She replied. "It's a bug, and I'm afraid it won't live unless you rescue it!"
I lifted my head from the file and replied, "You have my attention."

I received the details.
A baby Praying Mantis was in the "air lock" between the two doors
leading from the helipad to inside the building.

I created a plan, and the mission was set to action.

After entering the air-lock, I had trouble locating the critter.
Just as I was about to give up and leave, I saw it sitting on a window ledge.
I put it in a cup and crossed back over the helipad.
My intentions were to run straight down the stairs, back outside and
release the critter in the grass.


There was a mini-luncheon going on at the bottom of the stairs.
Beautiful tables... tea and snacks... and people.
I quickly concluded that they wouldn't appreciate my
running through their luncheon carrying a bug. (Yeah, some people are weird like that.)

So... I decided to go down the side stairs, but before I got to the stairs,
another co-worker "T" spotted me.

She asked, "What are you up to now? What kind of critter you got?"
Kinda creepy how well they know me, huh?
So, I replied, "Welllllll..."
She said, "It's a bug isn't it? C'mon I wanna see it."

(c) Misty DawnS

So, I showed it to a few co-workers, and then "T" insisted that I could not
just release the baby mantis without photographing it.
So, I asked the mantis, "Do you want me to take your portrait outside?"
At this point, "L" says, "That's Misty... talking to a bug!"
And "O" looks at me, smiles, and says, "Misty, you are funny."
So...Back down the hall... into my office... to grab my camera...
while carrying the bug with me the whole time.
I passed "M"s desk, who just kind of looked over his monitor at me.

"I suppose you want to know what I'm doing."
"With you, I've learned not to ask." was his reply.
(What's he mean by that?)

(c) Misty DawnS

O.K. So...
back to the hallway, down the side stairs, and out to the flower garden.
I released the baby Praying Mantis on a pink Hydrangea, photographed it,
and then returned to my office to get back to work.

(c) Misty DawnS

I explained to "J" that the rescue mission was complete.
She was concerned...
"What if it's a boy? It shouldn't be on a pink flower if it's a boy."
"Do you want me to go move it to a blue flower?"
"No, because what if it's a girl?"
"So you want me to go move it to a neutral colored flower?"
"Maybe you could put it on a green leaf so it blends in."
"You're joking right?"

(c) Misty DawnS

A little later in the day, J stands in the doorway to my office.
"Another rescue mission?" I ask
"What about it's mother? It was so little. Do you think it still needs its mother?"
"J, I can rescue the bug. I can release it outside, I can put it on whatever color flower you want. But, I highly, very seriously doubt I can find its mother!"
J sighed... "O.K. then. I'm just worried about it. That's all."

As J walked away, I was smiling and realizing how much I adore my co-workers!
Next thing ya know, J will be wanting me to help the mantis apply for SSDI benefits to ensure it will be taken care of! ;-)

(c) Misty DawnS

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Thank goodness you were on hand to rescue this bug. Such sweet shots!


Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Iowa Gardening Woman

A very worthwhile rescue mission and the baby mantis looks stunning on the pink hydrangea!


They are so intriguing. Excellent capture of such an interesting insect. =D

EG CameraGirl

I guess your co-worker knows who to turn to when an insect needs help. :)


Great story, Misty 8v) And cool photos. The little guy looks good on those salmon colored flowers.


So sweet! :)


I loved your story! I'm glad the world has people like you in it!! :)



Wonderful story to go along with your amazing pics. Seems you have gained a reputation.

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