Mantis! Surprise!

Saturday I took a day-trip to visit my sister and her family in Raleigh. After a few hours of playing UNO and DDR with my nephew I set on my way home, stopping for dinner at the Tower Vegetarian Indian restaurant in Morrisville. After a few dosas had filled my stomach to maximum capacity I found something resembling a large stick perched on the top of my car. Just then, I imagined some prankster had thrown their trash on my car before zooming out of the parking lot. From a few yards away it was difficult to recognize the praying mantis resting on my car. I grabbed my camera, a speedlight, and a small softbox I had in trunk, before the mantis flew into the night. The car top offered some nice reflections,and the store lights in the distance contributed some interesting backlight effects as well.