Nature's Place

Little Wizard

Down the track and into the field of fresh cut grass and the smell is lovely. On the right is a short Acacia bush with two magical creatures living on it. They’ve got to be of the magical realm to be dressed up as they are, Mother of Pearl feathers on a shiny black leather coat. And what wonderful feet they have, multi purpose no doubt – three joints, pads and a very business like hook on the end. What a wonderful snout and antennae too, all the better to sniff and sense, near and far, what’s on the wind in their wonderful little world – actual and metaphorical, as magical creatures see.

Perhaps they are a couple, or good friends. Though they were wandering around alone, but on the same bush – which is significant, of what I’m not sure. The obvious perhaps? Either way they were friendly little creatures who readily hopped on my finger to say hello.

Hello? Yes, in their way. A taste here, a sniff there, a sensing all around. Of what I’m not sure, maybe me, just me. They sensed no danger anyway, and I gave them none. Beautiful little magical fellows of the wood and field, fellows to me. Fellows of the same Nature.

What magic were they weaving today I wonder? Hmmm! I know, delight! They were casting spells of delight. And I know this how? Because I was delighted, how else!

Yes, delight, a blessing from the magical realm from two of its wonderful little messengers. Or were they wizards after all, casting such magical spells?

Yes, wonderful little wizards, to me.

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

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  1. Lunareuphoria said, on 18/11/2010 at 4:08 am

    The third picture from the top looks like he was posing for the camera or maybe checking you out.

  2. anipics said, on 17/11/2010 at 2:29 am

    little cute :)

    • Mark said, on 17/11/2010 at 8:48 am

      Hello Anika. It is an amazing little creature to have sitting on your hand. Such a wonder could only have been conceived in a magical mind of the first order, the place of the simple good.

  3. Joan said, on 15/11/2010 at 6:23 pm

    Oh what a lovely snout beetle Mark and such amazing colours. Most of ours tend to be brown or black which makes then so uninteresting to see but you just have to love those noses!! :)

    Anytime one has any interaction with these critters, it IS magical!! Just to see the difference in shapes is amazing too. What a beautiful world we live in!!

    • Mark said, on 15/11/2010 at 8:28 pm

      Hello Joan. It is indeed a beautiful earth. The world is something else though. ((:

  4. Anna said, on 15/11/2010 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Mark some amazing little creature, and always enjoy reading your story lines.
    BTW have you ever wonder if any of the creatures you have discovered were ever discovered. Do you ever search for names?
    Anna :)

    • Mark said, on 15/11/2010 at 8:26 pm

      Hello Anna, glad you like the stories – they are an essential part of it. I have never been too concerned with the scientific names or discovering new species. I do enjoy the common names because they often come from observation or local lore, and the discovery is of the new every moment in nature.

  5. jamyun said, on 15/11/2010 at 1:48 pm

    thanks so much for sharing your awesome photo..highly appreciated..i love insect, nature, etc

    • Mark said, on 15/11/2010 at 8:22 pm

      You are very welcome Jamyun, I know you have a love of Nature.

  6. arvind said, on 15/11/2010 at 3:14 am

    what is this bug’s name ???
    only after seeing the nails of your finger, i was able to realize how small the bug is actually.

    • Mark said, on 15/11/2010 at 8:21 pm

      This one’s name is Botany Bay Weevil, or Diamond beetle. First name is after the bay area it was first found in Australia.

  7. cindydyer said, on 15/11/2010 at 1:20 am

    Mark, your photos never cease to amaze me. My jaw drops every time I open up a posting to look at your images! You are an inspiration to this fellow bug lover-photographer. Thank you for being such.

    Cindy

    • Mark said, on 15/11/2010 at 7:24 pm

      Hello Cindy. Good of you to say so, and you are welcome.

  8. Marjolein Vegers said, on 14/11/2010 at 11:25 pm

    Amazing and intriguing little creatures! Great shots, insects can be really interesting when you take a look up close like that! ;-)

    • Mark said, on 15/11/2010 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Marjolein. They are indeed, interesting.


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