Nature's Place



Nectar of the Gods.

Garuda, half man half bird, king of birds, eater of snakes, took it upon himself to steal the Ambrosia from an impossible place to ransom his mother from the snake queen. At the same time promising to return it to Vishnu which he did and for which he was given the honour of being Vishnu’s steed.

Ambrosia. That’s the aroma that was in the air today. An impossible sweetness, always just out of full sense. Not quite existential perhaps.


The weather has been cold at night and warm at day. I have enjoyed shooting the flies out back where the bananas have fallen to the ground and the possum family have trampled the remains to ferment in the sun. I could swear some of the flies were drunk the other day, no kidding.

After they fed they would stop on a nearby leaf and rest a while for me to shoot. But it’s always on the day, in the moment. If I go looking for the same situation again it is usually elusive. That’s what keeps me from calcifying, everything keeps moving on. Nothing stays the same for long.

That’s what I love, the freshness of the new. Not knowing keeps me going. A paradox.


This fly was enjoying a bit of fermenting banana in the afternoon sun, stomped on and mashed the night before by the possum that lives in the roof, when a mate came along. You can tell they are mates by the way they touch each other as they pass in their feeding meander. In #2 the left fly has a foot on the eye of the right fly while it has a leg on the left fly. #3 looks like high fives?

There is an obvious recognition in this touching. It’s a form of communication. They did this for a while, touching as they passed each other, and clearly it is a speci-al thing, you don’t see flies of different kinds touching this way. I don’t anyway. Though flies of different kinds recognise flies, clearly, from the way they chase and avoid each other.

Apart from the obvious size, form, colour and the fact you have never seen a depressed fly are they so different from you and I? Really?

Different yes, but so? Inside?

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. gwenniesgarden said, on 13/05/2014 at 3:24 am

    sooo beautiful !

    • Mark said, on 13/05/2014 at 9:27 am

      This is the first one I forgot all about …

  2. Lauri said, on 03/07/2009 at 4:18 am

    Thanks again; lots of flies here too but me eyes are not as good as your lens to see the amazing detail! Be well.

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