Nature's Place

A Sleepy Dragon

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It’s all … a gift, or a curse, depends on how you look at it. But the fact is whatever it is today is gone tomorrow, so there’s no point fretting it – whatever ‘it’ is. Making it less a curse, or a gift, and more simply what it is.

I know, easy to say. But it can also be ‘done’ if done enough. Letting go is the key, not holding on to what’s inside – though it may appear outside – by thinking too much or getting emotional about ‘it’. Whatever it is.

This sleepy dragon doesn’t give a … Lying there, resting in the hot afternoon sun, takes no notice of me – as long as I am careful, considerate of its sensibilities, discernible as what my own would be if …

… I were a dragon.

© Mark Berkery … CLICK any picture to enlarge in a new tab …

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  1. Anna said, on 10/08/2014 at 10:41 pm

    wow …truly amazing! you have presented each and every picture so wonderfully! such a well trained professional. keep up

  2. rrearick said, on 30/04/2014 at 1:56 pm

    wow. love macro. love your photos.

  3. odettecarrier said, on 14/04/2014 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve always loved looking at insects, and you’ve captured them beautifully here, thank you!


    • Mark said, on 15/04/2014 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Odette – I don’t do awards … Appreciated though.

  4. LaVagabonde said, on 04/04/2014 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, those colors.

  5. Pure and Simple Living said, on 31/03/2014 at 8:52 am

    Hi Mark. I’m a fan who has just nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you’re interested in finding out more about your nomination, please feel free to check out the following post on my blog: Congratulations and keep up the great work! – Elke

    • Mark said, on 31/03/2014 at 6:15 pm

      Hello Elke. Thanks for that, I appreciate the acknowledgment and accept that but I just don’t accept awards, never have.

      Best … M

      • Pure and Simple Living said, on 01/04/2014 at 7:17 am

        Totally understand. Keep up the great work. Your photos are fantastic.

        Best, E.

  6. SuzySomething said, on 31/03/2014 at 2:45 am

    Hey, Mark! I’ve changed email carriers and am not getting notices of your posts anymore. Please add to your mailing list… is no longer active. I’ve missed you!

    • Mark said, on 31/03/2014 at 4:44 am

      Hi Suzy. You might need to subscribe again … ? Top right corner …

      It’s not up to me who receives notice of posts …

  7. treesshrubs said, on 30/03/2014 at 7:22 pm

    OMG…. they are sooooo amazing just beautiful!!

  8. standingoutinmyfield said, on 30/03/2014 at 12:15 am

    I love them eyes! Dragons are gorgeous

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2014 at 3:17 am

      Dragon eyes, a particular wonder in a world of it …

  9. Lyle Krahn said, on 29/03/2014 at 2:58 pm

    I love all the colour and little hairs on the last photos.

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2014 at 3:15 am

      Yes, a colourful creature Lyle … and hairy. :-)

  10. grantarot said, on 29/03/2014 at 12:53 pm

    Always a special page to visit with images you present from the wee ones world; in the last image the dragonfly looks like it is smiling, a quiet smile.

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2014 at 3:14 am

      Ha, everything smiles – when I look to see.

  11. Godfried said, on 29/03/2014 at 5:28 am

    Beautiful dragon pictures Mark

  12. veggymitevixen said, on 29/03/2014 at 5:24 am

    Love it ^_^

  13. gretelau2001 said, on 29/03/2014 at 4:57 am

    INcredible! Look at those eyes! the little hairs on it’s face and legs! the colour! Those little ineffectual looking antennae on it’s face which probably serve some great purpose (nature doesn’t do things without a good reason…well, most of the time – she does need to try out new designs every now and then). Wonderful Mark. Thank you :)

    • Mark said, on 29/03/2014 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Lissa. Yes, it really is amazing what nature we have … are.

  14. jjoyv said, on 29/03/2014 at 4:37 am

    Amazing image and beautiful thoughts.

  15. laurahessy said, on 29/03/2014 at 3:59 am

    fantastic colors! I don’t usually see dragonflies that pretty! may I ask what lens??

    • Mark said, on 29/03/2014 at 7:06 am

      Indeed Laura, wonderful colours. Nothing special, a Pany FZ50 and achromats with snooted and diffused flash – pix of it (them, I have a few + the G1) somewhere on this long page :

      • laurahessy said, on 29/03/2014 at 3:01 pm

        The link = wow. Macro photography is what got me into it all and those are pictures I’d love to be able to produce!

        • Mark said, on 30/03/2014 at 3:16 am

          Like anything Laura, it takes time and practise to get rid of what doesn’t work.

  16. terraburrah said, on 29/03/2014 at 3:37 am

    Well said.
    And, photographed…

  17. Parenting by Kristin Farmer said, on 29/03/2014 at 2:52 am

    wow, I never see such a beautiful photos of dragonfly. Bravo!

    • Mark said, on 29/03/2014 at 7:08 am

      Thanks Kristin. It’s an unusual view that more are finding the pleasure in …

  18. woodlandgnome said, on 29/03/2014 at 2:50 am

    Lovely visiting the micro world you reveal with such sensitivity and love. Perhaps dragon realizes the summer is nearly past, and is contemplating what changes he feels each day. Reading a book you may enjoy, recommended to me by a Sufi friend. It is called, “The Forty Rules of Love” and touches lightly on the relationship between Rumi and Shams of Tabriz. I’m reading it very slowly, savoring and trying to absorb on as many levels as one may. Best wishes, Mark. Thank you for posting WG

    • Mark said, on 29/03/2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. I think the dragon is being dragon at rest, no more or less. I doubt I could read much of a book with 40 rules in it … :-) Rules are the death of me.

  19. autopict said, on 29/03/2014 at 2:50 am

    Really great!

  20. paranoiasnfm said, on 29/03/2014 at 2:39 am


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