Nature's Place

Perfectly Queen … of the Bees

It was a few weeks ago now that she showed up on the morning rounds of my little nature. There were still some of the little people/creatures to be found in the fields and woods as the winter, such as it is here, hadn’t yet taken a firm hold. Grass was still growing and leaves hadn’t fallen, not much of either. An in-between time you could say, not yet too cold for long enough to drive everything to death or shelter.

The field of long grasses was beginning to dry out with few of nature’s flowers, man’s weeds, still blooming here and there. Little yellow and red striped bells of beauty to me, shining here and there at the tops of the now yellowing threads of the earth’s summer blanket. Calling out to the remaining little people, come to me, here I am, just for you my love. Drink deep and live a little longer in my cold Elysian field.

And there, down the tracks of the season’s comings and goings, I saw a sign of wonder and mystery. A solitary queen, of queens, sitting in the shadows of the morning sun. Drinking the shine as it rose on the dew, warming to a new day to which there were now so few. My little queen, ‘tis you.

So I went to her, and with a passion new, tended her rising ‘til she had awoken true. From this way and that I saw she was fine and I, labouring in the rising sun, a little heady on just the scent of her wine. My, my, what a lovely so new. The form and the colours a blessing of Thine.

Then, inevitably she woke and I stood back to hear what she spoke. A tinkling sound to the ear of the round, a way of the listening, and the speaking, not often found. And what was it she said that touched me so, was it something you hear now that I can no longer know, or keep.

It’s that same sound, of the blackness, the silence so deep!

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


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  1. forageporage said, on 09/10/2011 at 9:46 am

    Your words and photography are stunning; thank you.

  2. niasunset said, on 28/09/2011 at 5:47 pm

    WOW! Amazing shots… I loved them all, but especially in the second one, these legs, their actions… so beautifully you captured. Thank you Mark, with my love, nia

  3. Lunar Euphoria said, on 28/08/2011 at 10:42 pm

    Simply beautiful.

  4. biobabbler said, on 27/08/2011 at 1:27 am

    Just amazing. The photographs, even without the lovely text, are already poetic.

  5. Rifqi said, on 23/08/2011 at 5:31 pm

    Love the first one, the water drops and background are great.

    • Mark said, on 23/08/2011 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Rifqi. That’s dew, you can tell by the size and proximity of them.

  6. jamiun micheal said, on 23/08/2011 at 2:57 pm


  7. Mike Moruzi said, on 23/08/2011 at 7:28 am

    Love the water drops! Love the sharp focus throughout! Love the background colours – so vibrant! I particularly love the composition with the yellow background!

  8. Lois Randall (8-Legged-Cat) said, on 23/08/2011 at 5:39 am

    Beautiful as always, Mark. Thank you once again for brightening my day.

  9. bareego said, on 23/08/2011 at 2:25 am

    These shots are so beautiful.
    It shows how serene your mind is when you just “are” with nature :O)

  10. lovinadoptin said, on 23/08/2011 at 1:25 am

    Your words with the astounding photography amaze me. I love seeing the photographs you post.

  11. Jenn said, on 22/08/2011 at 11:23 pm

    nature is, and your sweet nature,( like is like) you are one of the little fairie lords to me with your sweet little ways and delightful insights …

  12. Linda said, on 22/08/2011 at 8:06 pm

    Excellent shots! What lens did you use for these? Really beautiful.

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