Nature's Place

A Hunting We Will Go …

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With the spiders having lasted the winter so well they are now set up in the garden to reap an early explosion of tiny life – the small forms upon which the bigger are built.

That’s the way it is here, everything feeds off something else, so everybody dies – imagine if they didn’t … And life goes on, in another form, endlessly – our infinitude.

At present the warmed morning air is filled with miniscule flying creatures and the webs are everywhere, apparently strategically set up to make the most of it.

I am often tempted to interfere and rescue a bee, though rarely see one caught, or destroy a web if it gets too big – but I don’t. Everything needs its time.

Time to move on, always moving on … in the endless work of learning to fly.

Mark Berkery … CLICK any picture to enlarge in a new tab, they do look better bigger – FireFox – for me

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  1. Nature on the Edge said, on 06/10/2013 at 1:00 am

    Great pix, and an interesting species….. over 5000! I checked out the genera, as here in SA we have a different variety. Love the eyes… the front pair look like headlamps…

    • Mark said, on 15/01/2014 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks … Yes, the small creatures do lend an intriguing reflection.

      Late, I know. :-)

  2. Alex Jones said, on 25/09/2013 at 9:33 pm

    In the UK the flying insect population exploded, along with spiders who have built their webs everywhere. I have watched spiders build their webs, which is fascinating.

    • Mark said, on 26/09/2013 at 3:52 pm

      It’s that time of year there. Spiders, dauntless creatures …

  3. andy1076 said, on 25/09/2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve never seen them this way before, amazing! breathtaking photos :)

    • Mark said, on 25/09/2013 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Andy … I see them this way all the time.

      • andy1076 said, on 25/09/2013 at 12:32 pm

        Wish I had that kind of skill, keep up the great work :)

        • Mark said, on 25/09/2013 at 1:07 pm

          You just need to know what to do and then practise it. This page, a long one, has the rundown on what and how I do it – http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ It might help if you are interested.

          • andy1076 said, on 25/09/2013 at 2:00 pm

            Thank you very kindly for this Mark, It’ll help for sure :)

            • Mark said, on 25/09/2013 at 7:01 pm

              You’re welcome. There is more than one way but you have to start somewhere …

  4. soroilily said, on 25/09/2013 at 12:28 am

    Beautiful macro shots !

  5. Phil Lanoue said, on 20/09/2013 at 5:22 am

    Those shots are excellent but Yikes! Spiders! I’m fine with a huge alligator walking right toward me but spiders get me running. :-)

    • Mark said, on 20/09/2013 at 9:13 am

      It’s just the thought (or feeling) of it, right?

      Just don’t think … :)

  6. Mark said, on 19/09/2013 at 10:26 am

    Definitely time to move … in the absence of any direction ‘bush’ looks good.

    But no, that would be too uncomfortable and unnecessary at present.

    Things end anyway, years, days, heartbeats …

  7. mtphotoii said, on 17/09/2013 at 6:16 am

    These are some stunning shots!!!

  8. Godfried said, on 17/09/2013 at 5:39 am

    Spiders are beautiful macro objects. Fantastic pictures Mark.

    • Mark said, on 17/09/2013 at 11:23 am

      One of the pantheon. Thanks Godfried …

  9. Andrew Channing said, on 17/09/2013 at 1:04 am

    Brilliant photos!

    • Mark said, on 17/09/2013 at 1:26 am

      Thanks Andrew … It’s a matter of accepting the present, of nature.

  10. gretelau2001 said, on 16/09/2013 at 6:02 pm

    I was thrilled to see dozens of 0.5cm Apanteles glomeratus – tiny predator wasps of caterpillars – hatching out the other day in numerous places on the remnants of the broccoli plants. Check out their life cycle (in delightful Spanish) if you have a strong stomach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4DoVwHheU

    In turn, they had their own predators in the form of tiny spiders hanging around the golden cocoons. Nature is very neat :)

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2013 at 11:10 pm

      Yes, nature is complete – nothing wasted and no end or beginning – except in me …

      An interesting video, and well shot. Couldn’t understand a word but it wasn’t necessary to.

  11. Sophie Cussen said, on 16/09/2013 at 3:45 pm

    Fantastic photo’s and fascinating to see the spiders in such detail.

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2013 at 11:08 pm

      It’s amazing what can be seen, and only recently available to be seen by by anyone who cares to look. And glass, an amazing substance …

  12. Emily Heath said, on 16/09/2013 at 3:31 pm

    Interesting to see the layout of the eyes, they seem to have both head-on and side vision.

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2013 at 11:06 pm

      Yes, eight eyes each – marks a spider. I believe they can see 360′.

  13. californiaflicka said, on 16/09/2013 at 10:45 am

    Such beautiful animals!

  14. Mark said, on 14/03/2014 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks Margie. I didn’t even know of Yahoo News, can’t help – sorry. Got a link for me to look at?


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