Nature's Place

Lady in Moonlight

She appeared as a darker spot on the tall slender grass. In the shadows of the trees with the moon rising behind, standing still as possible holding the stem, I set the camera and lined up the lens for a shot. She was instinctively aware in the moment something was going on, from the vibrations of the movement of my fingers two inches away from her, but didn’t ‘know’ the way we do – with a pause for reflection – and so didn’t speculate on what may be.

A Lynx Spider in repose as the night falls on the field at the edge of the dark forest. A hunter, big eyed, long limbed and fast to the prey. No prey this time though, just me, an unusual sensation felt through the woody grass and along her trip threads. So she didn’t bite me, just fretted a little before settling down.

I do my best to catch her best angle and in the best light but the marvelous nature is master of the detail. I just aim at it, the composition of elements a picture is. Nature does the big bit.


The way to see anything is to withdraw back into the eyes and register the standout in the scene, the anomaly, and not ‘search’ for anything in particular. Being relaxed helps, and focused …

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


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  1. Anna said, on 16/05/2011 at 12:06 pm

    Oh that is spooky, lol, I thought I was here and left the message a while ago … well, excellent work again Mark.

    Anna :)

    • Mark said, on 17/05/2011 at 3:18 am

      Thanks Anna, thinking can do that … ((:

  2. Lois Randall (8-Legged-Cat) said, on 09/05/2011 at 4:57 am

    Marvelous, as always, Mark. She’s a beauty. Thank you for sharing. Seeing “Nature’s Place” through your eyes always makes my day and gives my spirit a lift.

    • Mark said, on 14/05/2011 at 1:32 am

      Thanks Lois, am pleased she is appreciated.

  3. Lunar Euphoria said, on 06/05/2011 at 10:10 am

    Eeek, she’s a creepy one. She gave me an involuntary shudder.

    • Mark said, on 09/05/2011 at 1:10 am

      She’s a beauty, to another spider … ((:

  4. Steve B said, on 06/05/2011 at 1:24 am

    I dig spiders… so I doubly appreciate this one, Mark!
    Amazing creatures…. and photos to bring out all the spectacular details!

    • Mark said, on 07/05/2011 at 12:34 am

      Unique characters with unusual equipment, the silk, and predatory skills honed through millennia of finding what works – with no malice intent. Thanks Steve.

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