Nature's Place

Bee On My Finger

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When I get up, usually sometime in the morning, I have in mind to take a look around the garden. Not only because gardens require some tending, more that the sense of nature is soothing to the psyche and when put first, the sense, it has the effect of diminishing the mentality, the thinking and emotionality engendered by modern living.

It’s a good way to start the day. It helps resolve any lingering dream. And when I have been quiet enough for long enough I can come to things, inside, that nag at me to do something about it – whatever it is. It is tempting to gloss over what hasn’t been resolved, comfortable even, but that is not the way to peace of mind. It’s got to be about peace of mind first …


On the way around I check the water buckets, where I let it sit to evaporate off the chlorine. I check for trapped or drowning creatures that don’t need to be so, and amongst the others there was a honey bee on its last legs. I lifted it out by putting my finger under it and raising it out of the water, as I do with them all, and I could see by some small movement it was still alive.

It had been raining for days, and cold, so I left it on my finger to warm up and dry out. It didn’t seem to be in any hurry so I got the camera and performed a few contortions to get a few shots. Eventually it woke enough and I put it down in a sheltered spot to gather its strength, fed it a little sugar water and next morning it was gone – back home or back to the hive, who knows. But not yet time to die.


Did it succumb overnight to a creeping cold malaise or return to its vital instinctive self, given enough life left in it to do so. You just never know, and that state of not knowing is one of the beauties of truth. Because truth, or love – that beautiful state of bee-ing, is beyond the knowing mind.

Nature can be reflective … of the low and the high.

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 10:16 am

    Gorgeous Photos! Thank you for sharing!

    I just recently started to get into macro photography. Do you have any tips or advise?

  2. Christie Green said, on 27/11/2013 at 11:30 am

    Hi Mark, These are truly stunning and inspire me to pause and really look at things. Thank you!

    • Mark said, on 27/11/2013 at 1:45 pm

      Hello Christie. That is the whole point of what I do – look to see, in a nut-shell. Thank you. :)

  3. Nateaaa13 said, on 27/11/2013 at 7:25 am

    What an insightful post – I love waking up in the morning and just going outside, looking around my yard or my campus, taking a walk. It helps me to wake up while shaking off those “lingering dreams.” Thank goodness you were there or that bee may not have made it!

    • Mark said, on 27/11/2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Nate. Not many slow down enough to see the value of simplicity, it’s not easy in these busy thinking times. Me and the bee were both lucky. Did you ever notice the more right – regardless of good or bad – a thing is the more benefit from the fact – there are no losers.

  4. stevepiriano said, on 27/11/2013 at 2:19 am


    It’s so true what you said. Peace is primary, and not contingent upon the resolution of conflicts.


    • Mark said, on 27/11/2013 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Steve. I don’t think I said that? Surely inner peace – is there another kind that matters, depends entirely upon the resolution or transcendence of inner – is there another kind that matters – conflict. Peace begins inside, when conflict (inside) ends.

  5. gardengirl204 said, on 23/11/2013 at 11:04 am

    Wow – crazy detail! I’m learning how to use my camera, and truly appreciate shots like these!

  6. Douglas Roossien said, on 21/11/2013 at 1:18 am

    Thank you for sharing this encounter and your perspective. And excellent macro work, I’m slowly getting into the technique and there’s much room for improvement.

    • Mark said, on 21/11/2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Douglas, and you are welcome. Anything worthwhile takes time to master, you might want to look here : which is my take on the ‘whole’ process of small nature macro. There are also a few useful links in the comments. The really technical stuff others do much better than I.

  7. SuzySomething said, on 20/11/2013 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful, Mark… the photos and your philosophy.

  8. treesshrubs said, on 20/11/2013 at 7:51 am

    I like your reasons for heading out to the garden first thing in the morn….I seem to be more on a mission ….are there any snails to be found? They seem to love gliding over my lillies and they do love cucumbers : ) I scoop them up and head for the back fence over which there are some ducks who eagerly await their morning sustenance and then I can relax ….and move on with my day. Your bee is so magnificent, really we might be considered boring in comparison. Love your images Trees

    • Mark said, on 20/11/2013 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Theresa. Maybe you should let the ducks in? :) But some work has to be done anyway.

  9. acuriousgal said, on 20/11/2013 at 7:27 am

    Just incredible pics, Mark….well done!!

  10. Alex Jones said, on 20/11/2013 at 6:32 am

    You gave the little animal a fighting chance, that is all you can do. Awesome intervention.

  11. chicoyaya said, on 20/11/2013 at 5:20 am

    I so want there to be a LIKE button for this post. :-)

    • Mark said, on 20/11/2013 at 3:12 pm

      That would be too easy.

      Thanks Deborah …

  12. Godfried said, on 20/11/2013 at 4:45 am

    He really liked you Mark.

    • Mark said, on 20/11/2013 at 3:11 pm

      No choice Godfried. It loved the warmth and there was no danger to it.

  13. Lyle Krahn said, on 20/11/2013 at 1:36 am

    Beauty comes in the close up in this case.

  14. standingoutinmyfield said, on 20/11/2013 at 1:27 am

    Hello hairy eyes…I love honeybees

  15. lautal said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:35 pm

    Great connection. It looks like a friendship. Warm pictures and relation.

    • Mark said, on 20/11/2013 at 12:12 am

      Thanks Lautal. It is our own simple nature after all.

  16. Gunilla Bäck said, on 19/11/2013 at 9:44 pm

    Awesome photos!

  17. Audrey said, on 19/11/2013 at 5:54 pm

    A kindness can never be too small…Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:10 pm

      True Audrey, every little thing adds in the balance of things – and behind.

  18. gwenniesgarden said, on 19/11/2013 at 5:43 pm

    awesome !

  19. jbrianwaddington said, on 19/11/2013 at 5:18 pm

    this morning I had a tiny spider (2 mm long) hop onto my hand. All i got was some beautiful blur… but I tried.

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:08 pm

      As long as you are relaxed about it? :)

      • jbrianwaddington said, on 19/11/2013 at 11:19 pm

        absolutely. I have seen this type of spider once or twice before and there will come another time for a photo. They look like they are carrying a relatively huge cream pie on their body

        • Mark said, on 20/11/2013 at 12:48 am

          Can’t say I know the cream pie look. 2mm is smaller than I will go after but the only spiders I know to jump on my hand are Jumping spiders, like these here.

  20. afrenchgarden said, on 19/11/2013 at 5:16 pm

    The garden pulls you in and shows you when you are ready to look.

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:07 pm

      Different folk see different things, when we take the time …

  21. Jacques Willems said, on 19/11/2013 at 4:40 pm

    It looks as this bee had a ‘Bad Hair Day’.

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:05 pm

      Ha, yes. But for the bee it was a life or death day.

  22. Emily Heath said, on 19/11/2013 at 4:34 pm

    I’m glad you were there to save the bee and take these beautiful photos. When a bee is cold you can help it warm up by holding it up to your mouth and breathing/blowing gently on it, try this on your hand and you’ll see it feels nice and warm.

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Emily. Yes, I know the warmth of a breath. I also cup them in my warm hands to keep the wind off them.

  23. cindydyer said, on 19/11/2013 at 3:55 pm

    Lovely. We need more honeybees. Thank you for saving this little one!

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 10:01 pm

      What we need … oh! It was a pleasure to rescue this bee. I often find things so small their detail cannot be discerned that still get up and fly away – nature is resilient.

      Thanks Cindy.

  24. Jake said, on 19/11/2013 at 3:47 pm

    Wow! How such a pretty bug’ger! That’s the first thing I do in the mornings as well. See whats new in the garden, every morning holds a new surprise and it certainly provides peace of mind to face another day in the office.

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2013 at 9:59 pm

      Yes, it’s a small pleasure to see something new in the garden.

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