Nature's Place

Early Xmas Colour

The Christmas Beetle came to the garden recently. An unexpected visitor, since I have only seen them in Nth NSW, at Billinudgel NR/swamp – where I went today with nothing to be found – and too hot for the swamp.

There have been many recent and unusual visitors to the garden, a tribute to the flowers that grow there, the whole that comes together when the parts are somewhat managed, given we have mismanaged nature so much.

Is that ‘we’ or ‘I’? No matter, it’s about the nature now. And nature will not be denied, except by a steel enclosure – and then there’s rust … :)


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


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  1. suzysomething said, on 14/04/2013 at 9:50 am

    Hey There! Long time away from my email and happy to find what Natures Place has been up to in my absence. Mark, as always, I am in awe of your photography and speechless in the beauty of your prose. You think in all the colors of the rainbow.

  2. Chillbrook said, on 14/04/2013 at 3:25 am

    Incredible shots Mark.

  3. Garden Walk Garden Talk said, on 09/11/2012 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful, beetle and photo.

  4. Godfried said, on 07/11/2012 at 4:50 am

    What a beautiful beetle. Nice pictures Mark.

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2012 at 6:47 am

      It is a beautiful thing, thanks Godfried.

  5. 1cruzdelsur said, on 06/11/2012 at 11:53 am

    Stunning and original shot. ;) Super…

  6. Leaf said, on 06/11/2012 at 9:20 am

    Wow, what an amazing creature. I’m glad I can actually see it. :) You take such wonderful photos. :D

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2012 at 10:53 am

      Thanks k. One of the wonders of our time, to see the unseen so easily …

  7. Alex Jones said, on 06/11/2012 at 7:45 am

    What a colourful beetle.

  8. Sarzy said, on 06/11/2012 at 6:33 am

    Lovely colors and amazing photos. I agree with you that ‘we’ (as in mankind) have mismanaged nature. It pains me to see what is happening to our beautiful planet. However, nature seems to be gathering her forces and giving us nudges (ie. Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and other “natural” disasters) that ‘we’ ignore at peril.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2012 at 10:52 am

      It all comes back home, doesn’t it, whatever we put out. And so we learn …

  9. Laura Conowitch said, on 06/11/2012 at 5:02 am

    Wow! What a gorgeous beetle! Thank you for sharing…otherwise I would not have had the pleasure of knowing of its existence.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2012 at 10:51 am

      I was surprised to see it in my garden, it seemingly a long way from home …

  10. martin1786 said, on 06/11/2012 at 1:32 am

    Such a wonderful creature and amazing colours!

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