Nature's Place

Thank You for the Arm!

This Doli fly was out on a leaf one recent cold morning. Usually they sense the pre-flash of TTL exposure and are gone before the shutter speed of 1/160 sec (fastest with flash) can capture it, that’s fast reflexes.

But this little lady was too focused on simply being, in the cold of a spring dawn one thousand kilometres below the tropic of Capricorn after a night long clear sky.

It is my privilege to bring you the Lady Doli, from all available angles at the time.

If ever you have dreams that elucidate something you have known about yourself that was or is the basis for an attitude towards someone – or in general, from your past experience – but hadn’t yet been fully acknowledged and resolved, that – ‘Thank You for the Arm’ – is a recipe for the resolution of any residual potential for recurrence – as the past we hold on to is the present that disturbs or enriches ‘us’.

Thank You for the Arm. An acknowledgement of the good that everyone does for you, me, in spite of appearances, with a little absurdity tacked on for that extra push across the momentum of negative time to repeat, a sense of humour.

Never forget your sense of humour, or of the absurd. And for all the little things, and the not so little?

Thank You for the Arm.

Be Grateful and … Thank You for the Arm! Cuts through the negativity of mind like a hot knife through butter, when you have fully seen the fact.

Thank You for the Arm.

The garden is filling up with nature’s forms of plant and creatures. It just needs daily attention to watch for where it needs a hand, or an arm. And a watering, a foot on a spade, a moving here or there …

Thank You for the Arm. And don’t hold on to the dream, it will die a natural death if you leave it be.

That’s what seeing the fact of the past does; it allows the new to be.

Whatever the situation – Thank You for the Arm.

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



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  1. Deb said, on 17/10/2012 at 6:37 am

    Great shots Mark, I am always amazed at how they know the flash is coming and how fast they move. To find one that stays still for so long is a great stroke of luck.

    • Mark said, on 19/10/2012 at 1:45 am

      Thank you for the arm Deb. It’s the pre-flash they see and react to but only after a level of vitality is reached through heat. Yes, luck …

  2. Albert Codina said, on 16/10/2012 at 6:06 pm

    Impressive photos! You have a great work!

  3. stephenambrai1357 said, on 16/10/2012 at 2:35 am


  4. scubadevon said, on 14/10/2012 at 1:35 pm

    Incredible photos of the most unassuming creatures!

  5. suzysomething said, on 11/10/2012 at 3:26 am

    Mark, this is lovely. I never realized the beauty in a simple fly. Your Lady Doli’s colors are so pretty—and all go well together, which is the art of Mother Nature. Your photos always make my day! Thank you for the arm Mark.

  6. satnavandcider said, on 10/10/2012 at 7:37 am

    As usual, your post has blown me away. Incredible!

  7. Laura Conowitch said, on 10/10/2012 at 12:46 am

    Gorgeous photos as usual! Thank you for the Arm. Well said.

  8. Jane Lurie said, on 10/10/2012 at 12:33 am

    Mark, these images are amazingly vibrant and beautiful. You’ve captured an intimate moment in nature. I don’t know how you did it but it is fantastic. May I ask what lens you shot this with? Thanks for a great post.

  9. Barbara Rodgers said, on 09/10/2012 at 11:45 pm

    What a stroke of luck – the pictures you captured are so vivid and sharp! Love the third one. I wonder what Lady Doli was thinking about your camera…

    • Mark said, on 10/10/2012 at 12:14 am

      Yes, a bit of luck, not often one sits a while whatever the conditions. One species of thinker on the planet is enough.

  10. said, on 09/10/2012 at 6:06 pm

    very nice
    Mes Photos et Vous

  11. GPhareal said, on 09/10/2012 at 4:11 pm

    Amazing pictures and colours !

  12. nonoymanga said, on 09/10/2012 at 3:57 pm

    Mark it’s so colorful, its like Christmas in October!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

    • Mark said, on 09/10/2012 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Mark. Yes, they are a very colourful fly and I push it to the limit in PP.

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