Nature's Place

Golden Eye

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Walking in the nearby woods recently I saw a fly that wasn’t inclined to take off. I don’t know why, maybe age or injury, but anything is possible within the gamut of experience.

I took some time to get a few shots while the fly moved this way and that, sometimes sitting still long enough for me to take my time, sometimes not.

You never know when your number is up until it’s already called, though you can sense it coming, the signs are unmistakeable.

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


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  1. startedindecember said, on 29/10/2013 at 2:41 pm

    Really. What a super nice shot!

  2. Charly Makray-Rice said, on 28/10/2013 at 7:02 am

    No wonder being bit by those pinchy things hurt. So beautiful for a golden knight in shining armor, until you’re the other jouster. Another stunning group of photos.

    • Mark said, on 28/10/2013 at 7:10 am

      Well, you’ve got to reckon on being every character in every story. And just believe in the good. Why Not?

  3. Jacques Willems said, on 26/10/2013 at 12:40 am

    As usual very beautiful shots!
    Did you use a golden reflector maybe?
    The colour of the eyes looks great.

    • Mark said, on 26/10/2013 at 2:06 am

      Thanks Jacques. No reflector here, just natural Oz colours. You may notice there are two basic processings, one with the golden colour cast left in, the other where the colours are better separated. In both though the eye is golden. Other March or Horse flies have different coloured eyes.

  4. Godfried said, on 25/10/2013 at 4:34 am

    Yes I made some pictures by myself. It is beautiful to see those eyes.
    Great shots. It looks like a horse fly.

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2013 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Godfried. Yes, I think it a horse fly.

  5. Anne said, on 25/10/2013 at 4:16 am

    Hi, I absolutely love your amazing macro photography!

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2013 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Anne, thanks for your comment …

  6. lenaericsson said, on 25/10/2013 at 3:20 am

    Gosh how I wish I could get that close! What a peculiar thing sticking out under the eyes…

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2013 at 1:18 pm

      You can Lena. It just takes the right gear and practise.

      That’s its eating gear …

  7. tzaid13 said, on 25/10/2013 at 2:33 am

    I easily get disgusted by flies, but this is just beautiful :)

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2013 at 1:16 pm

      It’s just the emotion that gets in the way …

  8. standingoutinmyfield said, on 24/10/2013 at 11:36 pm

    Some of the flies have beautiful eyes, don’t they? Hope all is well in Oz! Here we go heading into winter again. Boo, winter.

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2013 at 12:08 am

      They do, some more than others. All is warm to hot in Oz – I might go back to Europe to have seasons again … :)

  9. Alex Jones said, on 24/10/2013 at 6:50 pm

    Never seen a macro of a fly face, interesting.

  10. autopict said, on 24/10/2013 at 5:04 pm

    Great work!

  11. Victor Rakmil said, on 24/10/2013 at 4:58 pm

    Stunning photographs! Amazing detail. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Starscraper99 said, on 24/10/2013 at 4:54 pm

    Amazing photo of the bug! Its fascinating seeing bugs up close like that… You must be really skilled to be able to capture it :-)


  13. fiirvogu said, on 24/10/2013 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful macro shots!

  14. treesshrubs said, on 24/10/2013 at 4:31 pm

    it’s amazing! ! and so beautiful. …: ) trees

    • Mark said, on 24/10/2013 at 6:38 pm

      Trees to you to … :)

      Trees, Teresa, thanks …

  15. Mona said, on 24/10/2013 at 3:46 pm

    Awesome Macro photography….
    What a great shot!

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