Nature's Place

Daisy – Oh Dai-i-aisy!

I never before realised how abundantly the common, and not so common, daisy caters to the need for pollen and nectar of the many small flying creatures in the garden. Not until I got a few and took the time to see.

Now I have four different kinds in the garden, one really finding its feet after transplanting a little while ago spreads and hangs over the sides of the pot, another pops up around the garden at will – its,The Will, and two more recent residents – one just doesn’t stop flowering in a ball of colour and nourishment, the other just starting out has two budding threads reaching for the light, one just opened today.

It’s nearly time to find a spot in the ground for the ball of flowers; it needs a secure home that isn’t dependent on my daily attention. And the one reaching will need moving to a bigger pot, for now.

I do enjoy these simple pleasures.

The Bees and Flies, and other visitors, are never far from the flowers and with the sun shining more now I expect more visitors in the relative heat of the day. As long as it isn’t too cold at night.

The garden ebbs and flows, ripples and eddies as much as the tides, but you need to be in daily attendance to notice.

It is music to the senses. Take the time to listen, even play along. Move that one to the sun, a little water there, repot, replant, nourish and tend them as if they were children – as they are …

It’s a different kind of prayer.

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


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  1. Lunar Euphoria said, on 16/09/2012 at 10:55 am

    Gold dust

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2012 at 9:55 pm

      Ha! Have you heard of the golden road …

  2. suzysomething said, on 22/07/2012 at 9:24 am

    Hey, Mark! I’ve just nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Your link is posted today on my blog Suzysomething Thinks Out Loud.

    I want to share your amazing photography (and philosophy) with as many people as I can! They bring me so much pleasure. Thanks!

    • Mark said, on 22/07/2012 at 1:28 pm

      Hello Sarzy. Thanks for that. A simple pleasure is the real good or god in existence. And that can be said in a myriad ways, given the number of people on the planet.

  3. jenn said, on 14/07/2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hello Mark I love the captures of #6 and #8 there is a real sweetness I receive from these..flies are delightful wee ones up close aren’t they!

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2012 at 12:39 am

      Hello Jenn. … our alien ancestors … :)

  4. Jamiun Micheal said, on 10/07/2012 at 2:46 pm

    lovely..excellent Mark

  5. Lunar Euphoria said, on 10/07/2012 at 12:50 am

    Much agreed …the garden ebbs and flows…
    and yes, so much a different kind of prayer.

  6. michaelqpowell said, on 09/07/2012 at 2:17 pm

    I’m just starting to dabble in macro photography and a friend told me that I absolutely needed to check out your work. It’s very easy to see why. The photos are incredible in their color, details, and sharpness. Wow. I shot some relatively closeup photos of a fly and wondered if I was a little crazy for being intrigued by such an ordinary subject. You’re helping to convince me that I am not at all crazy. Thanks for sharing so many of your thoughts, feelings, and photos.

  7. Sam Flowers said, on 09/07/2012 at 2:11 pm


  8. estherlou said, on 09/07/2012 at 12:20 pm

    Stunning pictures

  9. MHPerry said, on 09/07/2012 at 12:02 pm

    Stunning photos!

  10. Laura Conowitch said, on 09/07/2012 at 10:19 am

    “It’s music to the senses…tend them as if they are children….” You eloquently state how I feel about gardening.

    • Mark said, on 09/07/2012 at 11:03 am

      Hi Laura. It’s easy to love the garden and its inhabitants, isn’t it, after the work is done.

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  12. Λιβάς Δημ. Περικλής said, on 09/07/2012 at 6:43 am

    Superb ! congratulations.

    • Mark said, on 09/07/2012 at 10:59 am

      Yassus Periklis. :)

      • Λιβάς Δημ. Περικλής said, on 09/07/2012 at 3:53 pm

        Nice..yassas or yassou :)))

        • Mark said, on 09/07/2012 at 5:22 pm

          Ha! Rusty as an old nail in the rain. :)

  13. Onibe said, on 09/07/2012 at 2:57 am

    dunno what to write… maybe this: superb photos, great work! ;-)

  14. Godfried said, on 09/07/2012 at 12:46 am

    Nice pictures Mark and good writing.

  15. suzysomething said, on 08/07/2012 at 4:24 pm

    These are absolutely lovely. I think my favorite is the last one. Your photos are so clear that it’s almost as if I’m there looking into the flowers too.

    • Mark said, on 09/07/2012 at 10:00 am

      Thanks SuzySara. I like the last one too, because it’s a rare one. Out on the petals she is finished eating and is about to move on, so moving all the time.

  16. The Wanderlust Gene said, on 08/07/2012 at 4:07 pm

    Wow! This is what macro photography is all about – to really see a fly, what an amazing, beautifully techno-cool creature!

    • Mark said, on 09/07/2012 at 9:58 am

      Yes, amazing nature. And it’s no further than my feet. :)

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