Nature's Place

Li’l Bee

This fellow is about 4mm long and in the first few pix is collecting resin from a hole in a pine tree. I suspect it is for building material for the nest. There were more than one at the hole but as is often the case only one was at the right angle in the right place for long enough for a shot or two.

These are Australia’s native honey bee, known as sugarbag, and their honey is a luxury given their numbers and size – they don’t make it like the European honey bee that is twenty times its size and more active.

They don’t have a sting either so they are harmless by comparison, and they are too small for me to track back to the hive. That’s their advantage, too small to be threatened.


Science often tells us how nature is robotic, that the creatures and plant life are no more than the sum of their parts plus function on auto. And it’s true, except for the ‘no more’ bit.

The ‘more’ they are is the same ‘more’ you and I are. It’s the inscrutable intelligence behind the structure of everything.

The unknown, the mystery before knowing is, before you and me.

The mystery, the no-thing, the pre-existent wordlessness before it all begins, and ends. As it is now.

The wonder, the beauty, the colour and light.

The deep, the black, the abyss – inside.


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