Nature's Place

Darkling Green

Out in the field looking for the Neon Cuckoo Bee in particular, which wasn’t to be found this time round, I came across a few other creatures. I don’t know what ‘it’s said by whom’ but a square metre of earth holds a host of creatures, many of which even I will never see – unless of course I stand there for long enough – don’t you believe it.

What kind of creation is created invisible to most? But that’s not really so is it, if you look with eyes to see you will see. And it’s a wonder to see what is there among the grass, holding on and just looking or being, for now. Or engaged in some invisible unknowable activity?

Who knows, or cares to speculate, when what is so obviously is, and is enough for now.


It came from the earth, as all things do, even the car and the house. But it came as it is with no purpose other than its own and that’s enough too. It doesn’t need to fit Man’s reality, Man’s particular self-interest.

It’s called a Darkling Beetle, just found out today, a brown one. There is a black Darkling you can see here : Rainbow Wanderer – And it wanders the earth as itself, no thought to be another – thing of any kind.

Darkling sounds like a kind of vampire, or other creature of the ‘darkness’ but it may also refer to a sparkling that can be seen when the black Darkling is seen close-up in direct sunlight. It’s similar to looking at a starlit sky on a dark-ling night, but with all the colours of the rainbow glittering.

One more little wonder tucked away in my nature.

Hello Darkling thing.

Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture to enlarge in a new tab


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  1. jamiun Micheal said, on 23/02/2012 at 1:25 pm

    so nature..i like your main object..the insect..that background..well matched…

  2. Tammie said, on 18/02/2012 at 12:32 pm

    another tiny wonder
    thank you for finding it for you and for me/us
    i love how you write about the darkling and the sparkling

    when i read your words: it wanders the earth as itself, no thought to be another – thing of any kind.
    it reminds me of words i wrote on a chalkboard today: people are as they are, simple truth

    i found different animals in my world today, elk, coyote and lion tracks and more

    always a pleasure stopping by

    • Mark said, on 20/02/2012 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Tammie. I just do it as it comes and glad you like it. That’s another world, Elk, Coyote, Lion and snow I bet.

  3. krikitarts said, on 12/02/2012 at 1:36 am

    Another lovely study, Mark–not gaudy or flamboyant, but simple, intricate, and perfect. You do them honor.

    • Mark said, on 12/02/2012 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks K. Well, they are our close relatives and work hard at their part in existence. Like the wheels of a car, we can’t do without them so we better get to lovin them a little. :)

  4. AiM said, on 11/02/2012 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful as usual Mark. Is this a stacked image or just a single?

    We live in a World of many Worlds, very few people open their eyes to any other than the one they occupy.


    • Mark said, on 11/02/2012 at 8:30 pm

      Hello Alex. It’s a single image on a small sensor with a little cropped for comp, with the usual pp to clean and sharpen it up.

      A world of many worlds, true enough. But they are all the same, personalised world of mind – thought and emotion. The other, the impersonal world that allows an appreciation, even a love, for the ‘unholy’ – to the world of worlds – insect begins with an act of will, after enough experience of the ‘many’ mind has driven me to the ‘one’ simple sensation. In my experience anyway. I trust I’m making sense. :)


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