Nature's Place

The Dead of …

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Male and Female Lynx spiders

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… winter, if that it be.

Sun shines so much I don’t know you see.

But the absence of little ones is telling to me.

Time spent in the garden used mostly to pee.

So no pix to post on this dark wintry night.

Crows only about that do take to flight.

Maybe a pic from the past is aright.

One from a world that can afright.


Time ebbs and flows, form comes and goes, how hard it sticks depends on a coupla tricks.

Tricks as in feeling for the bottom to clear out the mud, looking not thinking that settles the water, reaching with seeing to the emptiness above and beyond. Where there’s nothing to take or to give. Til the nothing I am in all things is all there is left, until …

Time ebbs and flows, form comes and goes …


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  1. marchesacolombi82 said, on 30/08/2014 at 3:58 am

    These images are amazing me so deeply …

  2. Connie from Kansas said, on 27/08/2014 at 1:12 pm

    Mark, I found your work four years ago in Mused Magazine. Your images amaze me…sometimes make me exclaim out loud. Today, I shared your work with my digital photography class in Kansas. It led to a question. How did you become interested in photographing insects? Best to you, Connie from Kansas

    • Mark said, on 27/08/2014 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Connie. I tripped over myself one day and landed flat on my face with camera in hand and a bug jumped in front of the lens and said in a little voice; shoot me, shoot me, take me away from this drudge of a life, I want to be famous!

      Ok. :-) I was spending time in nature practicing a form of meditation, focusing on what was in front of me instead of thinking (about anything), and as time passed I spent more time in nature and less in the world and needed something to do there besides meditating. So it was born of a need, for peace of mind. It was, and is (to some degree) a means … but also an end in itself in as much as there is no trying to make of it anything it is not already, simply taking pictures of small creatures, amazing in their structure, colour and function.

      • Connie from Kansas said, on 28/08/2014 at 5:44 am

        Thanks Mark, that is interesting. I have always had an artistic side, and in my retirement years I want to explore photography. I appreciate your reply.

        • Mark said, on 28/08/2014 at 10:01 am

          Hi Connie. Learning anything new can be stressful, remember to breathe and relax …

  3. SuzySomething said, on 25/08/2014 at 6:38 am

    Hi, Mark! I’m back….don’t know how I got lost, but I’m glad that I’m here again… Sarzy

    • Mark said, on 26/08/2014 at 11:11 am

      Getting lost is easy. Finding the way home is another matter.

      Hi Suzy …

  4. brunosellmer said, on 23/08/2014 at 2:05 am

    What a color combination, parabens, on your photos

  5. Anka Leszczyńska said, on 12/08/2014 at 3:54 am

    so fragile…it must be a yellow angel of spiders ;-)

    • Mark said, on 12/08/2014 at 9:15 am

      Ha, ha … Yes, why not an angel of spiders. :-)

  6. Alex Jones said, on 07/08/2014 at 8:36 pm

    Beauty comes in many forms, the deadly spider and their spider webs.

    • Mark said, on 08/08/2014 at 12:06 pm

      Sure, and when the form is gone there it is, beauty without form …

  7. Alexander Lautsyus said, on 06/08/2014 at 7:27 am

    Mark, on your pictures even ugly spiders are looking beautiful. Nice winter mood sounds in your poem. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Maggie Grey said, on 06/08/2014 at 12:56 am

    Beautiful detailed shots Mark. Are the “heavily hipped” ones female? I have often seen these spiders but never thought they were of the same type
    ps: great poetry too :)

    • Mark said, on 06/08/2014 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Maggie. Yep, that, the male is last here – long body, swollen palps.

      The ‘poeetry’, just comes natural.

      Fertilizer to the … :-)

  9. krikitarts said, on 06/08/2014 at 12:05 am

    A fine reflection on warmer times. I’ve been hoping for a meeting with a lynx for quite some time now, but so far they’ve eluded me. You’ve sure found some beauties!

    • Mark said, on 06/08/2014 at 10:35 am

      Thanks K, they are beauties, I’m not a fly. :-) Spring is good for spiders. The lynx are ambush predators so they lie in wait, often where other flying insects eat.

  10. Jamiun Micheal said, on 05/08/2014 at 4:17 pm

    beautiful Lynx spider

  11. digitalpixelita said, on 05/08/2014 at 2:14 pm

    Wonderful capture…

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