smiling ballet dancers

Nature winner: Showtime, by Hasan Baglar

‘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.’

SIPA contest

Day Three Hundred Eighty Eight.

she
softly spins
perfectly pirouettes
fated to go round
and round
in countless circles 
elegance 
a necessity
toes pointed
back arched
poised 
her dance 
the seamless facade
for all the untrained eye
can’t see