Nature's Place

Fly Time

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Autumn has turned to winter here in Brisbane, which only means a variation not an actual season change – this is Australia after all.

Apart from the temperature, which is more comfortable than the summers, different plants and animals have their turn – that is how our seasons churn.

Though there are still a few bees to be found in the garden I have been attending to the flies that are often ignored or are just too fast and flighty – I approach them gently. They like Daisies too.

They are also beautiful creatures and have their place and do their job, filling a need of the earth to keep on turning – even in the face of man’s ignorance by our use of insecticides and idealised gardening practises – I actually feed them.

But you can’t keep the nature down, where there is a crack up it wells, where there is a need there will be a taker for the job. And if we should succeed in killing enough we will only kill ourselves, and wouldn’t that be justice – in our almost total neglect of the earth.

You can see it coming, the train wreck of present day capitalism’s (man’s) barely regulated greed and man’s unbelievable arrogance that is ruining the earth in endless war and ideology out of the desire for power over others and the fear for the future, which begets its own form regardless.

The future we fear is coming, by it’s fearing – that’s karma, but nature will always push up through the cracks because man as he is is not so powerful or important as he thinks – there is a greater power behind that requires no belief when we look to see, and it has no face. Beautiful, wonderful, magnificent nature that only requires acknowledgment to be, a fly.

And the flies had a ball. :)

Mark Berkery ……. Don’t forget to CLICK on any picture to enlarge it in a new tab – best in FireFox – for me


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  1. Anna said, on 10/08/2014 at 10:46 pm

    OMG how beautifully you are presenting simple things…amazing

    • Mark said, on 11/08/2014 at 8:02 pm

      It’s easy after a few years practise … :-)

  2. Alex Jones said, on 24/06/2013 at 4:34 am

    So true, the fly will outlast the man.

  3. georgeledger said, on 14/06/2013 at 5:45 pm

    Some great photos but I love the well observed comments. Although you are on the other side of the world I share your passion and curiosity for the subject.

    • Mark said, on 24/06/2013 at 9:19 am

      Nature is where you find it, everywhere, and giving it attention just makes sense – as opposed to intellectual or emotional constructs.

  4. jenn said, on 26/05/2013 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Mark, I dropped by and viewed your lovely flies..I say your captures of our delightful wee ones is as always magnificent!!!..and the colours truly Australian.:}

  5. Karen Douglass said, on 26/05/2013 at 1:44 am

    Thanks again for a wonderful blog.

  6. Paulo Vasco said, on 25/05/2013 at 10:12 pm


  7. mazza18467 said, on 25/05/2013 at 7:49 pm

    beautiful pictures, nothing more beautiful to see how ingenious insect life can be, I had an insect course and nothing more intriguing then to see how such a small animal has great capacities , suction tools, saws, tubes, roll tongues, separate functions in their wings. I agree that we are killing the earth with all those pesticides, disappearing plants and trees for building and so, very scary genetic enginering, unfertilising the insects and therefore , the onse who eat them and eventually us. But I also have the fate that earth will recover itself long after we humans ( parasites) are gone. We act like parasites, out host is nearly “dead” and we are already looking for another host in the universe. or is is symbiosis, we keep our host barely alive and use it to feed our needs.

    • Mark said, on 26/05/2013 at 11:14 am

      Yes, it’s not a new comparison, with a virus … And we don’t seem to be able to stop, populating and polluting with no thought for tomorrow which always comes.

  8. gwenniesgarden said, on 25/05/2013 at 6:43 pm

    fabulous pictures !!!

  9. afrenchgarden said, on 25/05/2013 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful photographs. I think insects are generally the most hated, despised and feared of creatures. Looking and taking their photographs brings us closer to them and to a closer understanding. Your photographs show them in a different light.

    • Mark said, on 26/05/2013 at 11:12 am

      Thanks AFG. Yes, probably because people let their imaginations run wild – with a little instinct thrown in from the days we lived in caves and such … From what little I know there is a blitz on pollinators for decades and we are reaping the effects in the collapse of bee colonies at least – what we don’t know of the wild creatures where chemicals are used with abandon …

  10. Laura Conowitch said, on 25/05/2013 at 3:02 pm

    Love the third photo…the little fella looks like he is sporting fashionable sunglasses!

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