Nature's Place

Adventures after Dark

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Because of advancing age and early injury that result in the slow breakdown of the body, I make compensations or compromises to go on doing what I most enjoy as far as practical application of my skills, character and predisposition are concerned.

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So, in the cool of the night, rather than the heat of the day, I have been making the best of what I know of the wildlife hear-abouts – capturing them while they sleep or are otherwise less cognisant of me and my approach for a shot.

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Since finding them and learning of their roosting and sleeping habits a few years ago bee’s have been my favourite creature to image, especially at the dawn or dusk when the temperature is best for taking some time for getting the composition right – for my taste – especially the now little seen Leaf-Cutter bee.

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I am long past chasing them around during the day, though I do love to get shots of them foraging it is rare enough that you don’t see many, but time tells all – all that can be told in that time is enough. I don’t fret it is the point – not that I am Mr Peaceful either at times, human is more appropriate, with a spiritual (a word that conjures images of charlatans selling the all-cure snake oil on the street corner – for me) bent – and I know better, though the real thing appears rarely – whatever ‘real’ is.

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I won’t go on too much now, or last too long maybe, so I will do what I can to bring you the beauty of the form, colour and function of our little cousins – before they too disappear from common, or any, awareness. Because the way things are going, business as usual or worse from our esteemed social leaders, it won’t be long before we, the people, wonder what happened to make the earth such a hostile and difficult place, when in fact and truth it is the world that is hostile – two completely separate realities extant in parallel.

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Is it really a choice? Or an inevitability, as Man never really learns except by pain. Unfortunate, or just the fact of human nature? You have to start with the fact …

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The earth will be ok in the end, as it was in the beginning. It doesn’t suffer, it only undergoes, and still is, regardless, irrepressible.

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  1. June said, on 09/09/2013 at 12:27 am

    Beautiful pictures! I love everything about nature and all it inspires!

    • Mark said, on 09/09/2013 at 1:11 am

      Yes June, it’s our own good nature.

  2. maybrick2001 said, on 03/06/2013 at 7:44 pm

    Lovely shots, for me insects like this are exactly halfway between beautiful and horrifying,

    The colors are stunning, but the wings are creepy.

    I much prefer the average spider:)

    Less wings!

  3. geofferybiscuits said, on 08/05/2013 at 7:08 am

    That bee looks really awesome

  4. sweffling said, on 06/04/2013 at 8:40 pm

    I am interested to see that they rest with their abdomens off or hanging down from the twig. Looks unrest-full to me! As to the planet, indeed it will be fine, One way or another it has been here before. What I do not understand is that humans do not seem to realise that they are the agents of their own destruction, along with so many other species.

    • Mark said, on 06/04/2013 at 11:00 pm

      That’s just the way they do it and it works, very strong jaws and a solid underside to support the weight – to a bee. Even when people do see it still has to be realised and that is a whole other matter for anyone pushing the envelope.

  5. mazza18467 said, on 04/04/2013 at 10:51 pm

    Beautiful pic’s. And yes early mornings is the best time to capture them as wel as rainy days but then you have to look for them under the leafs and bushes. Do you also try to identify them?

    • Mark said, on 05/04/2013 at 1:39 am

      Thanks M. Some creatures under the leaves and bushes, and some bees, but I find them in an open field or the back yard sitting on flowers or gripping stems in their jaws.

      You mean ‘religiously’ scientifically identify them? No, just for common names and behaviours. The science only seems to serve commerce first, then the creatures after the damage is done, maybe. Others do, I don’t see the point.

  6. shammaar said, on 02/04/2013 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve actually followed your post for a while now without actually clicking “follow” lol. I have now though. I just knew the domain. Brilliant pics. As the above person said “breathtaking”. In fact the whole nature idea and sharing posts & pictures of things most people have never seen, has also inspired my blog. Thanks mate.

    • Mark said, on 03/04/2013 at 12:30 am

      Thanks Shammaar. It’s an easy one to remember. A little good passed around is a lot more penetrating than a little not so … Just got to keep an eye on the ball.

  7. mikehowemusic said, on 30/03/2013 at 6:26 am

    Just the most beautiful pictures of a humble little subject that does more for us than most people will ever realize. Just lovely, thank you :)

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2013 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Mike. Sounds like you know the value of a bee … rather like a musical note, a pleasure and infinite – in a world of cause and effect …

  8. Tammie said, on 28/03/2013 at 5:36 am

    such a beautiful little sleeping creature thank you for taking the time to get to know them, where to find them capture their beauty and share with us as i read your post, i felt concern for your, is your health not good? or did i misunderstand?
    i also get the part of the violence in our world….

    i hope you are well.

    • Mark said, on 28/03/2013 at 4:03 pm

      Hello Tammie.The time spent is enjoyable. You only get old once and health can bob around like buoy on the water, no big deal. I am well enough, I just feel it catching up and it gets out now and then …

      Thanks for dropping by …

      Best … Mark

      • Tammie said, on 29/03/2013 at 3:20 am

        i love that ‘ you only get old once’ i suppose so. well enough, good to hear. so kind of you to respond.
        wishing you a lovely day and beyond.

        • Mark said, on 29/03/2013 at 5:41 pm

          Ha! You can’t suppose such a thing when you know no other life? :)

          Yes, well enough is good enough, for now – it’s all there is.

          All the best. M

  9. afrenchgarden said, on 27/03/2013 at 3:10 am

    Your photographs are beautiful and I like the idea of you watching them as they settle down at night.

    • Mark said, on 27/03/2013 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks AFG. I watch them to learn their habits …

  10. Audrey Van Vliet said, on 26/03/2013 at 2:31 pm

    Any words other than “thank you” would probably become ramblings….thank you.

  11. Lin said, on 26/03/2013 at 8:48 am

    These photos are amazing!! :)

  12. Godfried said, on 26/03/2013 at 6:27 am

    What a beautiful bee end the colors are really fantastic.
    Great pictures Mark.

  13. mike585 said, on 26/03/2013 at 5:41 am

    Wonderful images, Mark.

  14. Fran Temkin said, on 26/03/2013 at 3:43 am

    Love the reflection in the eyes! Nice shot!!

    • Mark said, on 26/03/2013 at 4:03 pm

      Oh! It was nothing, or was that me … thanks Fran … :)

  15. RickiN said, on 26/03/2013 at 2:42 am

    Mark, thank you for sharing your world with us. I love to take a moment out of my day to stand beside you in the land of insects. Have you ever photographed birds in such exquisite detail?

    • Mark said, on 26/03/2013 at 4:09 pm

      Hello Rick. No, Birding requires a different setup altogether – bigger, heavier, expensive. It can be done with my cam but not recommended for the keeper rate, especially in Oz where the birds are few though I had a family of Kookaburras sit for me once, here –

  16. paranoiasnfm said, on 26/03/2013 at 1:08 am


  17. Alex Jones said, on 25/03/2013 at 10:58 pm

    Nature teaches hard realities, often the learning experience is from hardship, death and violence runs close as does creation (sex) and renewal (living… growth). One captures a moment of this ongoing motion of all things in a state of becoming, the slow realisation that everything is in motion, in cycle, in a becoming. Great images.

    • Mark said, on 26/03/2013 at 4:11 pm

      Yes indeed, images … sometimes more significant than at others.

      Nature is self reflection – of where I have been and what I will become after the need for violence …

  18. iliketoplayindirt said, on 25/03/2013 at 9:45 pm

    Great shots, as usual. Are you photo stacking multiple images to produce both clarity and depth of field?

  19. vaweber said, on 25/03/2013 at 8:17 pm

    Lovely! I adore bees as well. Not sure if you’d be interested, but currently I’m reading a book called “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman, in which he proposes what would happen to the earth if it were suddenly bereft of humans. An interesting read, and apparently well-researched.

    • Mark said, on 26/03/2013 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Valerie. I can easily imagine a world without humans, that would be nature. But that idea is currently fantasy rather than fact. There has to be purpose to things or what’s the point, just to do what we do without esoteric value? I don’t think so. But I get your sentiment … :)

  20. gwenniesgarden said, on 25/03/2013 at 6:11 pm

    amazing !!!

  21. Chillbrook said, on 25/03/2013 at 5:38 pm

    Superb pictures Mark!

  22. lylekrahn said, on 25/03/2013 at 3:57 pm

    Great shots.

  23. urbanhorticulture said, on 25/03/2013 at 3:41 pm

    Adorable little bee! Breathtaking picture!

    • Mark said, on 26/03/2013 at 4:20 pm

      Indeed, you have to have a heart to see … :)

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