Nature's Place

Dry Time

The long year of rain that washed the bugs away has been followed by a long season of dry, and few bugs are emerging that I can find, not even the Ticks. I had anticipated something of the sort with my gardening work, lots of seeds sown and plants watered with a compost area for bugs to eat and congregate in. The Possum likes the fruit as well. So it’s not all void of creatures to enjoy, albeit tiny creatures mostly.

Even so, everywhere I go there are maturing well fed spiders. It looks like food a plenty but could be a survival strategy, get a net up to catch what you can while there is any catching to be done. But we’ll see how things unfold.

What is coming can be predicted in the big picture, more or less, but the details are unknowable in their timing and context. That wonderful unknown.

There is nothing wrong with there being so few bugs, it’s just different. Last year they were so plentiful at the same times there are few or none this year.

The weather is very different this year, wetter, colder, windier and dryer at different times. And still nature is what it is behind, unmade, of a greater power than man, waving in time.

The one grace of existence, the unmade shining through.


And here are a couple pix anyway. What a little wonder. And no sign of hunger.  :)

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


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  1. krikitarts said, on 06/12/2011 at 3:03 am

    Hi, Mark–my first visit to your site. You are doing wonderful work with your macro insect photography, and I’m looking forward to looking much deeper in it. My daughter (in NZ) has a special interest in spiders and I’m sharing the link to this post to her; I’m pretty sure she’ll be able to identify your crab spider more taxonimically. Great stuff!

  2. Jamiun Micheal said, on 28/10/2011 at 6:24 pm

    this spider has 4 eyes..woww..wonderful

    • Mark said, on 29/10/2011 at 6:36 am

      Ha! I think the spider has eight eyes … A big view of its world, it has.

  3. johnholding said, on 05/10/2011 at 6:37 am

    Stunning photographs, not just this one but all of them. What lens are you using?

    • Mark said, on 05/10/2011 at 11:51 am

      Hello John, it’s all here : I am Still using the FZ50 and the G1 (Pany) with achromats and legacy macro lenses. When Canon bring out a mirrorless/articulating hi res LCD, etc I’ll give the MPE a go.

  4. rachelci said, on 29/09/2011 at 1:50 am

    Incredible photography, as always. These photos invoke what it must feel like to be inside a flower. And what a lovely spider! Thanks.

    • Mark said, on 29/09/2011 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Rachel. Yes it is a beauty, to anything bigger than it, or too small to eat. :)

  5. tmso said, on 29/09/2011 at 1:41 am

    Incredible detail. Do you know the name of this critter?

    If not, no worries, just curious.

    Thanks for posting.

    • fatcatfromvox said, on 29/09/2011 at 5:03 am

      My guess would be some species of Araniella (same genus as what we call cucumber spiders hereabouts (europe)), but I’m no expert on these guys. Wonderful pictures!

    • Mark said, on 29/09/2011 at 11:21 am

      Scientific, no. But AFAIK it’s commonly called a crab spider for the way it sits with its front legs up like a crab holds its pinchers. Or a flower or ambush spider for its habit of sitting in flowers in wait for something to capture.

  6. niasunset said, on 28/09/2011 at 5:54 pm

    WOW! As if he noticed you too, as you saw him… These are amazing photographs, I am impressed so much. Thank you Mark, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  7. Jabelah said, on 28/09/2011 at 4:43 pm

    Nice Blog :-)

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