Nature's Place

A Dark Knight on Blue …

1-P1110570 - Mark Berkery

… has to be the opposite of a white knight, no? A white knight is the one who kills the dragon, saves the damsel, fights for the justice of the people, and battles the evil from beneath the dark mountain. So a dark knight is a powerful force opposite to that – so it would seem.

Where is this dark knight? Is it an ephemeral entity that can only be seen by the shadow it throws across the land? Or can a finger be put on it, to start to stay its power? Is there a way to recognise it, understand it and diminish it?

Everything we think or do must have its origin somewhere, and if I look ‘outside’ I always come to the same wall – ‘I’ appear before any sign of a knight of either hue. ‘I’ am the seer before the seen. What moves first moves inside and casts the first shadow.

‘I’ am not what moves while I see it. I am not the dark one, though I must be it to pass through it while seeing to separate. And I am not the one of light, not at least until I have passed through the dark. And who knows when this journey ends – the only real journey.

Who am I then, at the beginning and end of time, upon which the dark and the light play?

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


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  1. ashleyhodges4 said, on 04/01/2014 at 10:20 am

    Stunning colors! I enjoy your work a lot!

  2. Steve Schwartzman said, on 30/10/2013 at 10:53 pm

    What you wrote reminds me of a great poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez. I’ve copied the Spanish here and followed it with an informal English translation.

    Yo no soy yo.

    Soy este
    que va a mi lado sin yo verlo;
    que, a veces, voy a ver,
    y que, a veces, olvido.
    El que calla, sereno, cuando hablo,
    el que perdona, dulce, cuando odio,
    el que pasea por donde no estoy,
    el que quedará en pié cuando yo muera.

    I am not I.

    I am the one
    who walks beside me but who I don’t see;
    who, sometimes, I’m at the point of seeing,
    and who, at other times, I forget.
    The one who remains calm and serene when I talk,
    the one who forgives, gently, when I hate,
    the one who walks in places where I don’t go,
    the one who will remain standing when I die.

  3. SuzySomething said, on 09/10/2013 at 5:19 am

    So beautiful in his simplicity.

  4. Simon Toussifar said, on 07/10/2013 at 4:20 am

    Amazing photography

  5. Jamiun Micheal said, on 01/10/2013 at 11:28 am

    great. amazing

  6. Lisa Vankula-Donovan said, on 27/09/2013 at 9:01 pm

    It’s photos like these that make me want to throw down and stomp on my own camera…and I mean that in the nicest of ways. :D Gorgeous shot.

    • Mark said, on 28/09/2013 at 1:27 am

      It just takes practise Lisa, of the right technique for you with whatever you are comfortable with. The rundown on what and how I do is here : in case it’s of any use to you. Others do it differently …

  7. Mark said, on 27/09/2013 at 9:00 pm

    The intelligence of nature …? Sense!

  8. Ken Walker said, on 27/09/2013 at 1:36 pm

    Mark — Stunning photography. Is this an Australian leaf cutter bee? If so, where abouts in Australia did you photograph the specimen? Enjoyable as always ………. Cheers, Ken

    • Mark said, on 27/09/2013 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, it is a Leafcutter (AFAIK) Ken. It’s in my garden (Redlands, SE BRIS) at the end of the season – cold enough in the shade to stop it from flying.

  9. Lyle Krahn said, on 27/09/2013 at 10:59 am

    That’s a stunning shot.

  10. woodlandgnome said, on 26/09/2013 at 10:26 pm

    An intriguing ouroboros to ponder, Mark. Thank you for the wonderful photo, and for sharing your insight. Interesting how the bee is striped light and dark- like the persona of so many of us still on the path- Wishing you a beautiful day, WG

    • Mark said, on 27/09/2013 at 1:18 am

      Ouroborous, there’s truth in that. The difficulty is in seeing the element it all takes place in. Light and dark are just the its impression in sense.

  11. Alex Jones said, on 26/09/2013 at 10:09 pm

    I see the Dark Knight of legend as the dark self, the one hidden in the shadows, testing the self.

  12. paranoiasnfm said, on 26/09/2013 at 8:08 pm


  13. starscraper99 said, on 26/09/2013 at 4:37 pm

    Amazing macro shot! I find it awe-striking seeing insects so close-up like that! Good post, and you have a very cool blog :-)

  14. Jake said, on 26/09/2013 at 4:31 pm

    Who is asking the question indeed.
    As Watts stated It’s like trying to bite your own teeth.

    • Mark said, on 26/09/2013 at 5:47 pm

      The trying is in overlooking the obvious …

  15. Audrey said, on 26/09/2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you! Food for thought as well as a breathtakingly beautiful image…Always a blessing.

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