Nature's Place

In Limbo …

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… the bugs, that is. The sun is shining, the climate is mild and getting warmer, the garden is in flower and still all I find is spiders. Nothing wrong with spiders, but they are not bees.

So I dug one up, out of the bowels of the computer. One I haven’t posted before, from a time I had a good session of shooting – because I was present to do so and nature presented, the two are not exclusive.

It’s the same bee as this one – – that had moved about in the heat of the sun and stranded where it landed if the sun went in or shadow overtook it. That’s what happens when cold, they stop.

Much like us if we were subject to the same relative conditions, except the bees never complain or blame, never feel hopeless nor despair. It’s their nature, instinctively bearing all that comes their way, not a thought for why but just to get on with what they do.

It’s their intelligence, their being a bee, in its perfect place …

Mark Berkery … CLICK any picture to enlarge in a new tab, they do look better bigger – FireFox – for me


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  1. mobile games said, on 14/04/2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hello, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog
    post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

  2. Jenn said, on 18/09/2013 at 4:55 am

    Your work is truly marvelous Mark!

  3. mtphotoii said, on 05/09/2013 at 1:33 am

    Stunning shots!!!

    Love the details!!!

  4. dadirri7 said, on 31/08/2013 at 10:15 pm

    super photos mark! i spent all day last saturday at a macro workshop … still have such a long way to go to produce anything like your magnificent works :)

    • Mark said, on 31/08/2013 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks Christine. It’s very much a matter of practise …

      For the rundown on what and how I do see here : Illustrated

  5. Emily Heath said, on 30/08/2013 at 7:18 am

    “Much like us if we were subject to the same relative conditions, except the bees never complain or blame, never feel hopeless nor despair.”

    As far as we know. Maybe they do in bee language!

    • Mark said, on 30/08/2013 at 8:43 am

      I would call it despair or hopelessness because it runs on through repetition by thought or emotion – one being the reciprocal of the other, or blaming and complaining that comes from an habitual mindset – not simply the expression of where I am disturbed or discontent as an articulation with a view to change. In other words only people make a religion of suffering, a lifestyle of complaining, a habit of despair.

      I don’t doubt every creature knows instinctive pain, it is apparent and not necessary to dissect in order to see – in fact dissection (intellectual analysis) only gets in the way of seeing what is causal. It’s the same pain at root of the human condition. The difference is the instinctive creatures don’t have the capacity to hold onto their pain, as people do – which of course gives us a greater responsibility for the condition of life on earth. ‘We’ are life on earth and everything else knows the consequences of what we make of that, what we (or ‘I’) are and do. And what we are does not change easily …

      Yes, the bees are taking a brunt of what we are as we try to industialise nature. Or what would you say Emily?

      And a PS; You have probably noticed some animals do appear to suffer, particularly those close to people – because they are close to people …

  6. RickiN said, on 30/08/2013 at 4:02 am

    These photos are exquisite. Thanks for resurrecting them from your computer. You must have the patience of a saint to take these photos. they always make my day.

    • Mark said, on 30/08/2013 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Ricki. Just practise of the right technique …

  7. Lisa Vankula-Donovan said, on 29/08/2013 at 8:57 pm


  8. standingoutinmyfield said, on 29/08/2013 at 8:50 pm

    Love the bee…what backdrop did you use?

    • Mark said, on 29/08/2013 at 9:42 pm

      No backdrop except the sky at various angles from the shade and through the nearby trees. The bee is on a chia flower head which is flexible so I used that and slow enough SS to keep some ambient light while flash filling the shadows in the bee ‘scene’.

  9. Alex Hurst said, on 29/08/2013 at 8:07 pm

    What a great photo. I kept wanting to take a little napkin and dab the pollen off, haha. He looks like a happy little honey-maker.

    • Mark said, on 29/08/2013 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks Alex. Not a honey maker though … many native bees are solitary or nomadic. Of around 1500 known species of bee in Oz very few actually make enough honey to harvest.

  10. Mjollnir said, on 29/08/2013 at 8:02 pm

    Superb photos :-D

  11. Clouds of Colour said, on 29/08/2013 at 6:56 pm

    SUCH an amazing macro image – well done!

  12. Jo said, on 29/08/2013 at 6:46 pm

    ALways look forward to seeing your amazing detailed peeks into the world of the littlies.

    • Mark said, on 29/08/2013 at 9:48 pm

      They are beauties, aren’t they …

  13. gretelau2001 said, on 29/08/2013 at 5:12 pm

    Look at the pollen on her little face :)
    And such a clear shot of her mandibles in the first pic. For some reason I didn’t think/know they had mandibles. I suppose I thought they had something for sucking up nectar.

    • Mark said, on 29/08/2013 at 5:33 pm

      Yes, the benefits of nurturing dandelions in the lawn. :)

      I’ve seen bees with sharp narrow pincers too, needle-like. Not all bees have large mandibles like this one, the resin and mud workers or those that roost on ‘stems’ certainly – not that I study this stuff, just what I observe in images. They will also have hidden mouth parts that ‘can’ extend to reach nectar and pollen, and water of course. The variety is endless – because we don’t know it all …

  14. afrenchgarden said, on 29/08/2013 at 4:54 pm

    I enjoyed the lovely bee photographs, as always. The bees do get on with what they do, something I can learn from them.

    • Mark said, on 29/08/2013 at 5:21 pm

      You’re right. There is a value in nature that can be absorbed just by observation. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that – or that’s how we fill the space …

  15. thewhovianking said, on 29/08/2013 at 4:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures but I loved the words and your passion more, amazing job.

  16. lylekrahn said, on 29/08/2013 at 3:11 pm

    Just remarkable photos – really enjoyed them.

  17. acuriousgal said, on 29/08/2013 at 1:20 pm

    Just beautiful pics…so crisp!!!!🐝🐝

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