Nature's Place

Another Day …

1-P1070299 - Mark Berkery

2-P1070338 - Mark Berkery

3-[000012] - Mark Berkery

4-[000032]_1 - Mark Berkery

… another ray of sunshine. The rain is ended for now and the nature is light and bright. There is not much in the way of insects about though there are flowers still. Some Orchids, Strawberries, a few others and this particular beauty I found in the nearby rainforest remnant and brought some seed back for the garden. I didn’t plant them as such, just spread them about and let them find their own place.

And so it is, everything has and finds its place, eventually. In between there is always something of the simple good to acknowledge.


And another whose time has past, a giant silver haired Cicada.

5-_1040395 - Mark Berkery


7-_1040387 - Mark Berkery

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


41 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. angie owens said, on 26/09/2013 at 5:00 pm

    Hello Mark , Your work is lovely :)

  2. Natural Ramblings said, on 22/07/2013 at 8:41 pm

    More stunning images, amazing clarity and I love the Cicada facial details. Love the tip of the wing being clear too. I so wish we had some larger insects like these in the UK….sigh!
    Do you use Canon MPE 65mm lens, I have this and now trying to choose a lighting setup, do you have any advice, it would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Mark said, on 25/07/2013 at 11:20 pm

      Hey Gypsy. I see you found the ‘Illustrated’ page. For lighting on the MPE check out It’s a 20 page thread of macro shooters setups and includes some excellent MPE users. You’ll know them when you see them. Though there is no reason what I use can’t be adapted for the MPE. The snoot template can also be modified for a mounted flash, it’s not too difficult.

  3. Barefoot Beginnings said, on 10/07/2013 at 3:56 am

    These are absolutely amazing! I love macro photography. Great blog, I’m glad I stumbled here, I looked forward to more posts.

    • Mark said, on 12/07/2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Tina. Creatures are few at the moment, little sun and lots of rain but there seems to always be something around the corner …

  4. Lunar Euphoria said, on 05/07/2013 at 1:34 am

    It is nearing the end of cicada season here. Though their songs can still be heard in the trees.

    I’ve never seen one up close with such an array of colors.

    • Mark said, on 05/07/2013 at 7:50 pm

      They are colourful so close to being born anew and get less so as the days wear on.

  5. Tammie said, on 04/07/2013 at 8:41 am

    how lovely that the flowers took root in your yard, so pretty pretty

    and the cicada is amazing to see in such detail

    my friend saw one being born the other day, it began bright lime green

    • Mark said, on 04/07/2013 at 10:02 am

      Yes, it’s a real pleasure they grow here now. This Cicada was probably pale cream when it first broke out of its shell and hung there, waiting for its wings to fill out. Eventually it will be darker colours all round and much less silver.

  6. gretelau2001 said, on 04/07/2013 at 5:55 am

    The cicada are little works of art aren’t they :) Gorgeous shots Mark. Love the flower macros.

    • Mark said, on 04/07/2013 at 9:56 am

      They are. I remembered someone asked for flowers … :)

  7. Jacqueline Miat said, on 04/07/2013 at 3:28 am

    Nature is so very elegant!

  8. woodlandgnome said, on 04/07/2013 at 1:39 am

    What an elegant creature. Thank you for showing it to us in a new light. Seems its raining everywhere, certainly here in the Eastern US. It feels like a rainforest here this summer, and we have beautiful lichens and ferns.

    • Mark said, on 04/07/2013 at 9:54 am

      Indeed, the camera allows it in these digital days. It’s nice to have the nature, rain or shine, isn’t it …

      • woodlandgnome said, on 23/07/2013 at 8:29 am

        Rain more welcome than shine here at the moment, believe it or not. I wonder how the butterflies and dragonflies keep going on these hot days. I love your photos of the secret world of tiny creatures.

        • Mark said, on 25/07/2013 at 11:29 pm

          Hello Gnome … The conditions anywhere are always in flux and that is right and good. I can taste the thirst of the parched earth too …

          • woodlandgnome said, on 26/07/2013 at 5:39 am

            speaking of change….

            Hope all is well with you- have missed seeing posts from you recently-

            • Mark said, on 26/07/2013 at 7:52 am

              Not just change, but evolutionary force that alters the psyche of the observer by the necessary negation of what is not good in ‘self’ – it can’t be avoided. I looked at your site and it looks good, have to make some time for a proper view later.

              Yes, it’s about time for a new post. It’s been cold enough here almost nothing is showing but a change in the flora towards Spring – time for some gardening, whatever that is … :)

  9. Karen Douglass said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:27 pm

    I always welcome your posts. As a citizen of the Northern Hemisphere, I have to work at the opposite season idea, but still . . . And that flower looks like a prehistoric bird. Nice work.

    • Mark said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks Karen. It is probably ancient in it’s way – from the African continent.

  10. Godfried said, on 03/07/2013 at 10:47 pm

    I like that silver haired cicada pictures. I know how smal they are. Beautiful.

  11. Alex Jones said, on 03/07/2013 at 7:56 pm

    Love the detail and the orchid.

    • Mark said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:52 pm

      I don’t think it’s an Orchid, something that came from South Africa and manages to hold on in a couple places I know.

  12. bentehaarstad said, on 03/07/2013 at 7:54 pm

    I especially like the elegant flower, that I have never seen before.Cicada too, good captures.

    • Mark said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks. The flower is a South African native escaped into the local nature, an unusual one too.

  13. paranoiasnfm said, on 03/07/2013 at 7:24 pm

    Beautiful!!! Nature is awesome!

  14. afrenchgarden said, on 03/07/2013 at 7:22 pm

    So beautiful.

  15. Marc Arbuckle said, on 03/07/2013 at 6:47 pm

    Silver-haired Cicada. Fantastic. Wish we had big chunky insects like that here in the UK. Love the red eyes too.

    • Mark said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:47 pm

      On FM macro forum there are many English shooters, just different kinds of creatures for the most part.

      • Marc Arbuckle said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:52 pm

        Our largest insect is probably the Stag Beetle. Although it’s becoming increasingly rare and localised.

        • Mark said, on 04/07/2013 at 12:18 am

          Yes, it’s a small island and getting smaller for the nature there.

          • Marc Arbuckle said, on 04/07/2013 at 12:53 am

            Indeed, oh for the wild expanse of Australia. The outback is something I’d really like to see one day.

            • Mark said, on 04/07/2013 at 12:58 am

              Do it while you are young enough to rough it and get about. Lot’s of ‘Poms’ do it, come and buy a van for travelling in and sell it before they go back – some don’t go back.

  16. sophiecussen said, on 03/07/2013 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful photo’s, especially the flower although the cicada makes a very interesting subject.. I always think macro make such fine photo’s.

    • Mark said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Sophie. Macro is the newest way of seeing the hidden intelligence in nature, hidden to the familiar …

  17. Olivier Penant said, on 03/07/2013 at 4:42 pm

    Beautiful !!! many flowers here too, it’s summer ;-)
    Hello from France !

    • Mark said, on 03/07/2013 at 11:43 pm

      Hello Olivier. Winter is about to break into spring here, in a raggedy sort of way – with much fluctuation in the weather. The Dandelions are always flowering.

Comment or Question?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: