Nature's Place

Surprise Surprise

Usually I can’t get near these before they are fluttering away but I looked down and there it was, a butterfly, still pumping up its wings. It was only just born a butterfly and must have climbed up on the blade of grass that gave it some isolation while it fully came to its butterfly form. So I said hello and took her picture. She didn’t mind.

While I was doing that a Jumping spider came along and performed for us. Turning this way and that, a little dance of nature to entertain while the hard work of cramping down for the shot was undertaken. It’s ok to say of a spider : Sweet little thing. Delightful character. Wonderful nature.

Evidence of its recent moth meal in the scales on its ‘fur’, here and there.

*

It’s no coincidence what appears as nature since it is my nature appearing. The order of things is from inside to ‘outside’. So when a butterfly shows up where none should be I take notice and allow the simple acknowledgment of what it is symbolic of, new form, new life.

Let it be.

*

For two days the same kind of butterfly has been under the outside light, just sitting there. And now it’s gone. I suspect a hungry Gecko got it, judging from the disturbance beneath its last position – flowers and holders upturned.

What does that symbolise then?

Everything has its time.

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

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  1. TheIntentionalSage said, on 04/07/2010 at 2:54 am

    Amazing that I came across this post today. Ironically, and more likely, somewhat synchronistically, I wrote about a butterfly today. :-)

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

  2. Mark said, on 25/06/2010 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks all. A bit of a breeze that wave of commentary. ((:

  3. NovriWahyuPerdana said, on 24/06/2010 at 1:30 pm

    Great macros Mark. I love to see the details and your entirely photoworks on macro. Nice to know you and have a great day Mark!

  4. Lulu said, on 24/06/2010 at 1:11 am

    wow!! wonderful!
    you captured the beauty of nature so well! Isn’t that amazing to see them this up close and personal>:-)

  5. Mr.Saeed said, on 24/06/2010 at 12:32 am

    Hi.
    It was some great pictures of butterflies..great aperture of camera also. I find difficult to take a picture like this.

  6. lunareuphoria said, on 23/06/2010 at 11:08 pm

    Stunning!

  7. plymouthcongregationalchurch said, on 23/06/2010 at 11:08 pm

    Great photos!

  8. […] Usually I can’t get near these before they are fluttering away but I looked down and there it was, a butterfly, still pumping up its wings. It was only just born a butterfly and must have climbed up on the blade of grass that gave it some isolation while it fully came to its butterfly form. So I said hello and took her picture. She didn’t mind. While I was doing that a Jumping spider came along and performed for us. Turning this way and that, a l … Read More […]

  9. Bonnie said, on 23/06/2010 at 10:19 pm

    Fantastic pictures… and as others have stated, thoughts as well. The butterfly has always held a special meaning to me and I love the way you portrayed it in thoughts and pictures. Great post!

  10. Kolush said, on 23/06/2010 at 10:09 pm

    Lovely photographs, though I’m kinda freaked out by creepy crawlies. (: Nice.

  11. bilal said, on 23/06/2010 at 9:38 pm

    amazing pics.

  12. fdaray said, on 23/06/2010 at 8:58 pm

    How wonderful to be a butterfly! From egg, to larva, then pupa and finally adult They kiss the flowers and sip the nectar.

    They are good pollinators and best friends of farmers.

  13. comotrade18 said, on 23/06/2010 at 7:55 pm

    So real! You make such nice piece of art!!

  14. Songbird said, on 23/06/2010 at 5:03 pm

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  15. andreimogan said, on 23/06/2010 at 5:00 pm

    Really great photos.The jumping spider is just beautiful :D.Thank you for sharing :)

  16. Club Dine In! said, on 23/06/2010 at 4:35 pm

    I’m glad you got freshly pressed for this; unique shots.

  17. Mark said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks all. Glad you like the pix, and words. Nature is amazing and helps calm the waters of a troubled human nature when the time is right.

  18. jhuang18 said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:44 pm

    amazing pictures. really digging the spider…who knew that something freaks the crap out of me in real life would look so fascinating and beautiful in photograph?

  19. pinky said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:17 pm

    I think her picture looks very natural and beautiful view seen by the eye
    This works great!

  20. Shinrin said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:36 pm

    Fantasic macro photography!

  21. antoeknee2 said, on 23/06/2010 at 1:22 pm

    Such beautiful Pictures! Great Job!!

  22. xrvolume said, on 23/06/2010 at 1:13 pm

    Hey! Great Post and the pictures are Awesome. You Rock!

    your friends,

    XR VOLUME

  23. jamyun said, on 23/06/2010 at 1:08 pm

    Hi..that was some great pictures of butterflies..great aperture of camera also. I find difficult to shoot a picture like this.

  24. Maria Niña said, on 23/06/2010 at 12:59 pm

    I love the quality of your photo so clear and so pretty..
    They’re really inspiring..

  25. […] Surprise Surprise (via Nature’s Place) Juni 23, 2010 // 0 Usually I can’t get near these before they are fluttering away but I looked down and there it was, a butterfly, still pumping up its wings. It was only just born a butterfly and must have climbed up on the blade of grass that gave it some isolation while it fully came to its butterfly form. So I said hello and took her picture. She didn’t mind. While I was doing that a Jumping spider came along and performed for us. Turning this way and that, a l … Read More […]

  26. fhasai da-nga said, on 23/06/2010 at 12:39 pm

    nice photos. you make me bemused!!!!

  27. Tara Aarness said, on 23/06/2010 at 12:35 pm

    Amazing photography, but what grabs my attention are your thoughts. The life cycle of a butterfly is egg, larva, pupa, and imago (egg, caterpillar, cacoon, adult), evidentally each stage of life comes in it’s own time, just as you’ve noticed and expressed.

    Each of us are here on this planet to acheive our predestined goals. Some species of moths and butterflies live briefly, while others seem to last seasons. Perhaps the one you caught got down to business and carried out it’s mission (often to simply reproduce), giving it’s own life to the gecko, enabling it have enough energy to reach it’s own goal.

    The symbolism may be that change is on the horizon and a part of your life will ‘die’ (not to scare you, don’t mean actual death, but rather the ‘death’ of a relationship that you’ve been struggling with, an aspect of business, etc.). Or I could be completely wrong and have totally missed the mark; sadly, wouldn’t be the first time. None the less, I’ve enjoyed your photography and your thoughts. Thank you for posting them.

  28. andrea said, on 23/06/2010 at 12:21 pm

    life is all around us, if we only stop to look, notice and appreciate. thank you for sharing your tiny moments with us.

  29. Mark said, on 23/06/2010 at 11:43 am

    Thanks all, for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the pix, and for those who see a little deeper.

    All the best. M

  30. achika said, on 23/06/2010 at 11:04 am

    amazing macro photos u have… :)

  31. Tri said, on 23/06/2010 at 10:49 am

    amazing photos! I like the butterfly shots. It looks so fuzzy that close up! Great eye!

  32. Deina Zartman said, on 23/06/2010 at 10:15 am

    Congrats on the front page feature. I love the butterfly the most, and the spider, while amazing, genuinely creeps me out. What kinda camera/lens did you use?

  33. mct88 said, on 23/06/2010 at 9:00 am

    awesome pics

  34. Evie Garone said, on 23/06/2010 at 6:58 am

    Hey great pics! I love butterflies! Not so big on spiders, kind of have a phobia. . .don’t think I’d want to get sooo close, yuck!

  35. dennisfinocchiaro said, on 23/06/2010 at 6:48 am

    Wow…amazing! I’m impressed…awesome shots.

  36. gregw89 said, on 23/06/2010 at 6:28 am

    These are great close ups. I love photography and photos like these inspire me to take the art more seriously.

  37. afscience said, on 23/06/2010 at 4:35 am

    My god my skin is crawling just looking at those photos!

    Thanks

  38. Dr. David Ritchie, DC said, on 23/06/2010 at 4:27 am

    Incredible photographs. I love the eyes on the spider. It’s easy to forget how intricately designed even the smallest creatures are. Thanks for posting.

  39. rohitmaiya said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:59 am

    Wow.
    The pics are almost scary. The spider with 4 eyes can give anyone sleepless nights.
    Great work. Are you a specialist in macro?

  40. gmomj said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:56 am

    Lovely,lovely!

  41. Southpaw said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:49 am

    You made a spider look cute! Great shots.

  42. elenaramirez said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:45 am

    Beautiful photos what kind of camera do you have? Thanks, Elena

  43. elenasc said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:25 am

    Very good job! So beautiful!

  44. deadpoet88 said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:23 am

    Amazing photographs. I am fond of nature, and it was a delight coming across your post! The spider was exceptionally interesting.

  45. Beverly J Struble said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:19 am

    Fabulous.. thanks for the words as well…. EVERYTHING is important… no matter how small…. great gifts they are … Blessings Bev

  46. shutterboo said, on 23/06/2010 at 3:10 am

    I love the details – all those little hairs. Thanks for sharing!

  47. elaztar said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:44 am

    how cute :)) ! I love nature

  48. Zach Machado said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:32 am

    WOW!!!!!! SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! Amazing you could get so close! Physically how close were you (wondering how much you were zoomed in)?

    Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed – I can see why they picked this post!

  49. Bu Yousef said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:23 am

    Wow… Amazing shots. Fantastic detail.

  50. M. Moore said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:16 am

    Amazing Pictures! The detail you captured is almost spiritual. They even look friendly. It makes me wonder what they think of humans and the world in general. Their lives?

  51. Morgan said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:07 am

    These pictures are amazing. Inspiring. Nature is so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

  52. louisianefille said, on 23/06/2010 at 2:07 am

    Great pictures! I’m not a fan of spiders, but you made that spider almost look cute.

  53. somethinglooseknit said, on 23/06/2010 at 1:33 am

    Gorgeous! When I saw the second jumping spider shot, I had to say, “Awww…” And in the one below it, it kind of looks like it’s smiling. :)

  54. thoughtsappear said, on 23/06/2010 at 1:31 am

    I went to the Butterfly exhibit in DC and thought I had some awesome butterfly pics (I just blogged them today)…and then I saw yours. Great pictures!

  55. Marvi Marti said, on 23/06/2010 at 1:31 am

    I hate spiders, but I have to tell you the close up of that jumping spider ALMOST makes it cute! :)

  56. Raul said, on 23/06/2010 at 12:52 am

    You know…butterflies that close-up aren’t so beautiful…jk…but seriously. :-) The spider…well…I wish I had not just eaten. I must say…I don’t think insects are meant for close-ups. But, they are great pictures!!

  57. zookyshirts said, on 23/06/2010 at 12:51 am

    Dude! Such amazing photos. My favorite is the front of the spider with its row of eyes. Now THAT will get your attention! Fantastic shots. Thanks for sharing these!


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