Nature's Place

Night Fly

P1080497-001 - Mark Berkery

P1080504 - Mark Berkery

P1080510 - Mark Berkery

P1080507-001 - Mark Berkery

Not much to report from the wilds, in fact the garden has the feel of stasis due to the recent cold. But there’s never really nothing, is there … So I do the rounds of the various nooks and crannies and what do I find but one of the great survivors, the garden fly.

This one, and a couple others, was making his bed in the flowers, literally. At sundown I would find it down on the flower’s centre while the petals would close up around it, to keep the cold and wind off. Not an unintelligent action at all.

In fact it isn’t hard to see the intelligence in any part of nature, the power animating and giving function to the form so that all the parts fit together to make the whole, of nature. It only requires the surrender of prejudice, thought.

Nature, what we are in existence, is represented by the planet and all its parts, the night sky full of stars too, and looks like it never ends, ‘out there’.

Intelligence, what we are before nature, ‘inside’, that gives rise to the appearance things are, can only be a mystery, to a fly resting on a flower.

Being, the silence upon which it is all drawn, endless and endlessly.

What is endless upon which nothing is written?

I’ll have the endless please …

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


40 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Curso-Fotografia-BSellmer said, on 17/11/2014 at 10:27 pm

    I have seen some beatifull pictures of the metalic colors in insects, but this ones are realy fantastic.

  2. malteaufderlandwehr said, on 09/08/2014 at 4:53 am

    Wow great work an stunning pictures!

  3. AmyRose said, on 26/07/2014 at 6:23 am

    Your photography stuns me. Just stuns me! May I ask what kind of lens you use? I just photographed bees with a 60mm macro, but your fly truly outdoes my images by a long shot. I also see I follow you, yet why I haven’t seen you in my reader is a mystery. SO I just unfollowed and refollowed, hoping this time, your blog will show. Just incredible photographs. You are like me. I am so humbled by the power and the mystique of Nature. Thank you for this post. You honestly just blew my mind! Thank you. Love, Amy

    • Mark said, on 29/07/2014 at 11:44 am

      Thanks Amy. I use an old FZ50 with achromats and snooted/diffused flash but you can get good images using almost any cam/gear, with practise and the right understanding of techs – technicalities and technique.

      I am sure I remember you from past and don’t know why no updates. Maybe now after re-following … it all works out.

      Best … M

      • AmyRose said, on 29/07/2014 at 11:52 am

        I’ve been having issues with WP, Mark. Like finding some friends in my spam, getting unfollowed in the blogs I follow. Like you, for example.

        • Mark said, on 29/07/2014 at 10:03 pm

          They (WP) keep changing things, and breaking things. But that’s the way it is. Usually the broken things end up fixed.

  4. usplusmolly said, on 23/07/2014 at 9:38 am

    Who would have thought a fly could be so beautiful? An incredible close up!

    • Mark said, on 23/07/2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks. Yes, even the common fly has a royal line …

  5. Skylo said, on 21/07/2014 at 1:14 pm

    The colors are amazing, great shot!

  6. mydamayanti said, on 21/07/2014 at 10:54 am

    amazingly beautiful in nature

  7. Chillbrook said, on 19/07/2014 at 3:40 am

    Superb Mark!

    • Mark said, on 19/07/2014 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Adrian … it is to other than I the credit …

  8. Fred said, on 18/07/2014 at 1:52 pm

    Beautiful images and beautiful words.

  9. gwenniesgarden said, on 18/07/2014 at 3:54 am

    STUNNING !!!!

  10. Alex Jones said, on 18/07/2014 at 3:21 am

    The extent of intelligence in nature always surprises me.

    • Mark said, on 18/07/2014 at 8:17 am

      What is remarkable to me is that people don’t see it – but then they would have to honestly evaluate their behaviour towards nature … Hmmm.

  11. standingoutinmyfield said, on 18/07/2014 at 1:46 am

    There are flowers with curled petals here and the little bees like to sleep in them when it is raining.

  12. treesshrubs said, on 17/07/2014 at 11:06 pm


  13. woodlandgnome said, on 17/07/2014 at 9:12 pm

    What a beautiful post- putting all into an intelligent perspective. Here on the other side of the planet, I took a similiar photo at dusk last night and posted it with similiar- though not so eloquent- reflections. Synchronicity? May your spring be a gentle one, full of beauty. Best wishes, WG

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks WG. Synchronicity? In the vital web of intelligent life, all life, some are more connected for a time than are others – and the web trickles on.

      • woodlandgnome said, on 17/07/2014 at 9:39 pm

        ;-) Love the trickles of water on the spider webs after a heavy dew. The web itself is infinite, and we are all endlessly entangled. Best wishes, WG

  14. smilyking1976 said, on 17/07/2014 at 6:49 pm

    nice picture

  15. effervescentfrancois said, on 17/07/2014 at 6:44 pm

    Healing means noticing beauty where once we saw only ugliness–the most beautiful housefly I have ever seen!

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2014 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Francois. That’s one way of saying truth …

  16. julie said, on 17/07/2014 at 6:22 pm

    Exquisite photos Mark. Breathtaking.

  17. Nature on the Edge said, on 17/07/2014 at 6:19 pm

    It’s enlightening to discover such awesome small details fitting together to form the whole. That a fly would bed up for the night in the protective petals of a flower. I have been reading about biomimicry and genius of place, this discovery of how finely tuned the integral parts are … and now i will contemplate on the infinity of the endless…. Thanks of the wonderful post.

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2014 at 9:17 pm

      There is a sense of completion to it, seeing that all fits.

      Ha, yes, there’s peace in the endless before any writing takes place …

  18. photoleaper said, on 17/07/2014 at 3:42 pm

    Amazing picture!

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2014 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Kathy, glad you like ’em …

  19. Ken Walker said, on 17/07/2014 at 3:35 pm

    Lucilia cuprina — the Sheep Blowfly. Lovely images.

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2014 at 3:55 pm

      Lucille it is then. :-)

      But there’s no sheep for a hundred miles …

      Thanks Ken.

Comment or Question?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: