Nature's Place

Civilized Ant

Travelling along an old rotting tree that had fallen in the forest, these gentle silver-backed ants. To get them to slow down I gave them a drink. They loved it and also took time to groom themselves, time out from the incessant but unhurried search for food to survive – among their other daily doings.

It’s not all work, to live as long as possible without a wasted effort, just to survive. The simple pleasure of a walk in the woods, or a drink of water without consideration of significance or consequence – real civilization.

The beast, with always an eye on a different moment to now, brought home to the being of sense from the frenzy of mind.

These ants know something, even if they don’t know they know it.

Relaxed is the way to enjoy the simple life.

Truly Civilized Ant. ((:

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

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  1. Anna said, on 30/07/2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mark you know that is some kind of ant, just the whole outfit on them is amazing. By any chance you live in tropical country? I don’t know if I would ever catch something like that here in Canada in my garden, lol. Anna :)

    • Mark said, on 30/07/2010 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Anna. Yes, sub-tropical Brisbane – Australia. There’s an amazing variety of insect creatures here all year round when you know how to find them. You would have your own kind of nature. That’s one of nature’s wonders, it doesn’t give up just because it gets cold in winter. ((:

  2. Wiepkjen said, on 25/07/2010 at 6:54 pm

    Stunning series. Ants are so difficult to catch because they are so fast. You did a great job though.

    • Mark said, on 28/07/2010 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks W. They don’t always move fast, as when eating, sleeping, inspecting, etc.

  3. Mark said, on 25/07/2010 at 10:25 am

    Thanks Jenn and MS. They are beauties, aren’t they – the creatures.

  4. ms said, on 25/07/2010 at 10:12 am

    Wow, those are really neat shots. I’ve never seen an ant like that up close. stunning as always. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jenn said, on 25/07/2010 at 2:51 am

    What beauties these images are Mark. Ants take time to enjoy what’s been given to them in the way of sustenance too!! unlike us, 2 legged varieties!! thank you

  6. jamyun said, on 24/07/2010 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Mark..how are u..i always get update of your new post..and i always like it..i don’t want to comment about this ant( cause i know it great already as u)..but I’m curious about the trick you made..u serve drink for that ant..then the ant take its time to taste it..then u have more than enough time to shot..excellent strategy

    • Mark said, on 25/07/2010 at 2:09 am

      Hi Jamyun. Yes, that’s how it works. Of course it will depend on the availability of water (or honey, must be a delicacy in the insect world, like nectar) in the creatures immediate environment. Many creatures besides ants will stop for a drink or feed, bugs, flies, bees, etc.

  7. Ikah said, on 24/07/2010 at 9:50 pm

    These are incredible shots. Great idea with the water.


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