Nature's Place

Residents of a Certain Nature

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The garden is ripe with flowers for the visitors to feed on and some are taking up residence, as if it might be a place to fulfill their instinctive little lives, to do all the seemingly insignificant things they do, and reproduce.

That seems to be the fundament of existence, reproduction. Every thing and body does it one way or another, from the repetition of a single thought form, through the species, to the rotation of the planet around the sun, the sun around the galaxy. Everything that grows does so on a preceding cycle of events, from the small to the large.

The thing is we have to be more intelligent than merely instinctive, significant and intelligent as that is. We need to be able to step, by an act of cognition, out of the machine of repeating parts. Cause, if you look around you, we can’t go on reproducing – thought, emotion and things or bodies – in a finite world. Not if we want to enjoy peace of mind.

Peace of mind, from mind, such a simple though elusive state of being. It’s easy enough to make a start, when enough inner conflict has been experienced. It’s another thing to realise it and keep it real.

That’s all that really matters to me, and it’s done in all the ordinary ways of living a life – each a unique expression, then meditation – to start with.

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


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  1. Fraukje said, on 13/12/2013 at 5:42 am

    These pictures are so great!!

  2. aman said, on 26/11/2013 at 3:25 pm


    beautiful picture ! Peace of mind, the most valuable gift.

    • Mark said, on 26/11/2013 at 3:43 pm

      Hello Aman, thanks. Indeed, most valuable …

  3. puzzleblume said, on 22/11/2013 at 8:59 am

    Making their special beauty viewable – that is what these little creatures need these days more than ever.
    Beautiful both, animals and images.

    • Mark said, on 22/11/2013 at 10:52 am

      Thanks PB. Yes, it’s getting late in the case for Man’s ignorance of the simple earth to be allowed to continue business as usual.

  4. Nateaaa13 said, on 13/11/2013 at 11:00 am

    Thoughtful post about life and the little, “insignificant” things…makes you think about what’s really “significant.” It’s nice to just take a breath every once in a while and notice the beauty around you!

    • Mark said, on 13/11/2013 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Nate, A breath helps, a pause, time given to the sensation inside … lends perspective.

  5. jadejetjenjosh said, on 13/11/2013 at 5:46 am

    Inspiring photos…so much beauty if we only take the time to look. Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 13/11/2013 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Jade. Yes, and easily missed when thinking gets in the way.

  6. Jamiun Micheal said, on 08/11/2013 at 4:01 pm

    always great

  7. Omnipleasant said, on 06/11/2013 at 6:00 pm

    Beautiful photography. Inspiring words. Thank you!

  8. treesshrubs said, on 06/11/2013 at 7:20 am

    Totally agree with your thoughts on a finite world …..why is it that the corporate world doesnt get it? And the insects aren’t they amazing and incredibly beautiful… wonderful ..thankyou Trees

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2013 at 2:12 pm

      It’s a question of focus, as in all things. Corporates are focused on domination for money and power, more than ‘they’ need – it’s greed. And just as when a ball is hit it takes time for the effects to be realised.

      They are amazing, these little creatures, when time is taken to see …

  9. Hershey Desai said, on 06/11/2013 at 3:17 am

    It’s beautiful. The level of detail and the colors are so rich and warm.
    I wish it wasn’t overexposed on the left though, nonetheless lovely capture. Brightened my day :)

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2013 at 2:07 pm

      Who would have thought there is such pleasure in such seemingly insignificant form. Gotta take the best I can get … :)

  10. Alex Jones said, on 06/11/2013 at 2:30 am

    Reproduction is a form of creation, which for humans can extend to photography, poems and other forms of expression of inherent expression.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2013 at 2:05 pm

      Sure, there is the creative impulse behind it all. It’s the human condition though to repeat, and there is little potential for creativity in repetition.

  11. Charly Makray-Rice said, on 06/11/2013 at 2:04 am

    Who needs aliens when these remarkable creatures live among us. What is that cactus-like spider called?

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2013 at 2:02 pm

      It’s an alien world from different P’sOV. That’s a Lynx spider, male – long and narrow – sitting with his feet touching the trip lines to catch the unwary.

  12. ladyfi said, on 05/11/2013 at 2:46 pm

    Wow – fantastic shots! Wish my macros were this good.

  13. Lunar Euphoria said, on 05/11/2013 at 12:29 pm

    The antenae on the red and black bugger look like antlers.

    What’s the purple thing called that the spikey spider sits on?

    • Mark said, on 05/11/2013 at 6:12 pm

      G’day Lunar. They do, many creatures have such antennae. That’s a Blue Salvia the spider’s on, a little aged.

  14. Simon C. Joseph said, on 05/11/2013 at 4:50 am

    Stunning as ever Mark. Now heading into winter over here, so a while to wait before getting out after the buglife again. It means however, more time to contemplate and practice.


  15. lenaericsson said, on 05/11/2013 at 4:12 am

    När jag blir stor så är det såna här bilder jag ska kunna ta!
    Bara så ni vet…. :)

    • Mark said, on 05/11/2013 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Lena. If you do the time … :)

  16. Godfried said, on 05/11/2013 at 3:33 am

    I like the last two pictures Mark. Nice macro`s.

  17. Heather Sprague said, on 05/11/2013 at 1:06 am

    Thank you, Mark. You give me faith that I have kindred spirits in the world, both in photography and in thought. Stunning photos as always. If you are like me, you felt that certain excitement when you discovered and snapped each one. The world is so beautiful. I am thankful you are another who sees it.

    • Mark said, on 05/11/2013 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Heather. It comes down to what we acknowledge, doesn’t it.

  18. lautal said, on 05/11/2013 at 12:03 am

    With your pictures and thoughts you transform small things into a huge one not just in size but in there perception.

  19. woodlandgnome said, on 04/11/2013 at 10:06 pm

    Audrey had her joy before shutting down for the night, I had mine on powering up. Since I peeked at world news first, finding you post in my inbox was a much needed morning joy, and a tug back to what matters: the beauty and perfection of even the tiniest details of nature, the importance of maintaining peace of mind, and the (cyber) friendship of like minded travelers around the planet. Thank you, Mark. Hope your day is a good one. WG

    • Mark said, on 05/11/2013 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. Yes, news is necessary, nature is good … a world of difference.

  20. jbrianwaddington said, on 04/11/2013 at 6:49 pm

    improper desire is not good for peace of mind. To save me some please tell me what software you use.

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2013 at 8:24 pm

      Right Brian, you have to get rid of that wanting. So, for peace of mind, I use Picasa. Yes, that Picasa. I shoot JPG’s and do minimal processing in that, brightness, contrast, saturation with the occasional lucky dip.

      • jbrianwaddington said, on 04/11/2013 at 10:09 pm

        PhotoScape is my primary tool but I store and crop in Picasa. I will keep on with proper desire ie mastery of the stick and meditation. maybe in another year or so it will be time for a camera i can add a macro lens to.

  21. Audrey said, on 04/11/2013 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you, Mark. Always a joy to find something as welcome as your words and images in this thing called a “mail box”. Even better that it arrived as I was settling in for the night, and trying to adjust to the time change.

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2013 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Audrey. I trust it has some small but actual value …

  22. tracerburge said, on 04/11/2013 at 2:54 pm

    cool pictures!

  23. Lyle Krahn said, on 04/11/2013 at 2:42 pm

    You definitely open up a whole new world of detail with those magnificent photos.

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Lyle, could be better … I know the flaw in the beauty too well.

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