Nature's Place

An Unusual Death

This fly is on a new metal flagpole at the local scout camp, the diagonal line is vertical. I didn’t notice until I got home the fly is dead. Its mouth part is ‘flat’ against the metal, not just hanging, and it looks to have absorbed something that caused the crystal growth from the joints on the abdomen, maybe.

It was a very windy day but the fly was stuck and the crystals seemed to fall to the pole. A case for Poirot perhaps, or even Sherlock Holmes.

Life is full of wonder, even in death. Or especially in …

Then another fly came along and played around the dead fly, here and there. Turning and twirling a dance so fast and fine. A little beauty, to be sure, where there is no pre-judice.

A little death hurt no one.

An unusual life. To be sure …

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

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  1. Mark said, on 14/07/2010 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks Anna. I have often found a small creature that has simply died in its tracks, for whatever reason. We can learn from our little nature.

  2. Anna said, on 14/07/2010 at 5:48 am

    Yes unusual death. I once found prefect dragon fly in my garage, unfortunately it was dead. It was perfectly still inside in front of the garage, waiting to open I guess.

    Mark on the other hand, wow to the stunning images. Beautiful capture, insects are so little, and sometimes so little we see. Anna :)

  3. Mark said, on 13/07/2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks Crystal. Watch out for those Mossies.

  4. Crystal Ernst said, on 13/07/2010 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures

  5. Mark said, on 12/07/2010 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for dropping by Sophia and MS.

  6. ms said, on 12/07/2010 at 2:16 pm

    wow, that’s some stunning macro shots. Nice detail in this collection!

  7. sophiaharcourt said, on 12/07/2010 at 3:36 am

    Okay not usually a fan of flies but these little guys have some cool eyes. I’d say my two favorite are the first two of the live fly. The best is the one with the blue background though, really makes the eyes pop.

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