Nature's Place

Painted Stranger

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends – however small that hole may be. And never relent in the making of light, no matter what the impediment.

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That’s what this endeavour of mine is at times; a reminder to acknowledge the simple good of sense through the wall of mind or physical pain that depends only on what I attend to – largely.

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And so there was this visitor in the garden that I had only before seen in passing flight, its size and flash of colour the only track of its existence. A mystery until it presented in masked form, a mystery still.

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The Passion-fruit Vine attracts many a visitor these days, being of fruiting maturity, flowers of delightful aroma. An oasis to many a little one, the fairies and elves of our nature, that come and go as they please.

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Occasionally inspected by the Vine’s guardians, the little army of black ants that know no fear or favour – just the command of form and function.

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There is no disposition in nature to give up, until the end, of form and function – missing a piece of a leg a beginning, a common condition – mobility being essential in an ever moving world.

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Anything not mobile is ant food.

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  1. katiepede said, on 25/03/2013 at 7:08 am

    oooh wonderful

    • Mark said, on 25/03/2013 at 7:33 am

      Ha! Indeed. What amazes me is how so few see it …

  2. N said, on 20/03/2013 at 5:02 am


  3. iliketoplayindirt said, on 19/03/2013 at 1:57 am

    Nice shots! What kind of lens did you use? Did you use a flash?

  4. micheal said, on 18/03/2013 at 6:45 pm

    never seen before..great shot..

  5. polly said, on 18/03/2013 at 8:29 am

    awesome shots and amazing colors

  6. Tammie said, on 16/03/2013 at 2:22 pm

    it is always wonderful to see who you are finding in your garden!
    I am still finding ice crystal fairies while you are finding fairies beetles.

    • Mark said, on 17/03/2013 at 6:56 pm

      Hello Tammie. There’s always something new and strange in the garden …

  7. standingoutinmyfield said, on 14/03/2013 at 5:52 am

    A fiddler beetle (Eupoecila australasiae)? Lovely patterns

    • Mark said, on 14/03/2013 at 12:26 pm

      Hello Laura. A fiddler, from the pattern no doubt.

  8. suzysomething said, on 14/03/2013 at 4:42 am

    Mark, once again you have moved me with your words. A philosopher of the first degree. Sure wish I could meet you face to face because I have a feeling that we’d be great friends. Thank goodness for the internet and WordPress that keep us lesser philosophers in touch with philosophers of the first degree!

    • Mark said, on 14/03/2013 at 12:22 pm

      Hello Sarzy. I don’t know about the philosopher part but I do my best to articulate my experience and perception.

  9. Godfried said, on 14/03/2013 at 3:08 am

    I have no worths for it. WOW what a beauty.

  10. smccann27 said, on 13/03/2013 at 10:49 pm

    Awesome! I like the Crematogaster in the first shot.

    • Mark said, on 14/03/2013 at 12:39 am

      They are probably the most numerous around here …

  11. paranoiasnfm said, on 13/03/2013 at 8:09 pm


  12. minqan said, on 13/03/2013 at 5:35 pm

    Beautiful bug!

  13. Alex Jones said, on 13/03/2013 at 5:08 pm

    These are great photographs of a colourful insect. Nature likes to move and change.

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