Nature's Place

Jumper …


So named for their ability to leap a good distance with some accuracy these spiders are the cuddly arachnids. They display a curiosity and fearlessness I would only expect to find in a pet or otherwise domesticated creature.

This one, a male with his punk hair-do, was on the door handle and I caught him just as he fell as I touched it. So I put him on a flower where he sat, maybe to catch something to eat …


If pix or text don’t appear as normal that’s because I am using a different computer and having to improvise on what software I use on elements. It’s a different screen too, so can’t tell if pix look what I am used to.

My computer crashed and I haven’t been able to get it fixed, it may just be dead and gone. I should be able to recover files eventually but I’m not in any hurry, as long as there are bugs in the garden to photograph.


Sometimes it’s a ‘blessing in disguise’ to lose what has grown over a period of years, a form of surgery. An opportunity to start again, at least to keep it simpler.

If I learn anything by experience it’s that, complicated fills the space reserved for peace – of mind.

And we do according to our … capacity or willingness to see through the imagery.

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


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  1. Curso-Fotografia-BSellmer said, on 17/11/2014 at 10:25 pm

    I was not impressed untl I opened the image, beatifull details of the eyes and the yellow durty around.

  2. Macro Madness said, on 01/11/2014 at 7:04 pm

    Incredible macro shot!

  3. David said, on 28/10/2014 at 1:37 pm

    Nice sharp details and rich colors. The punk hair-do you pointed out helps too.

  4. Sonel said, on 28/10/2014 at 12:12 am

    I just love the little Jumpers Mark. They are totally adorable and so cute! Stunning capture! :D

    • Mark said, on 28/10/2014 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Sophia. Yes, they are one of our little wonders.

  5. Dave said, on 27/10/2014 at 11:18 pm

    Big fan of jumpers, always fun to shoot

  6. standingoutinmyfield said, on 27/10/2014 at 10:51 pm

    Nice! The jumpers are my fave…looks like he has pollen on him

    • Mark said, on 27/10/2014 at 11:15 pm

      Yes, spring time here, flowers blooming and spiders taking up residence. Thought I’d give him a head start.

  7. Lauri Siirala said, on 27/10/2014 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks once more Mark. I share these often with my grand daughter; a garden enethusiast!

    • Mark said, on 27/10/2014 at 6:27 pm

      Hey Lauri. It’s good children would know some nature. I remember well a weekly nature spot in a Saturday paper when I was a kid. Little things serve beyond knowing.

  8. harulawordsthatserve said, on 27/10/2014 at 5:21 pm

    An amazing image! Who knew spiders could be ‘cuddly’? Blessings on the mending, or letting go, of your computer…H x

    • Mark said, on 27/10/2014 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Harula. They will happily jump around your hand and even come back if you feed them a fly or two.

      Yes, the computer attachment died in a day. Now I don’t know if I’ll bother recovering files.

  9. Lissa said, on 27/10/2014 at 5:13 pm

    What a funny little face. Thank you once again for allowing us to see the fine detail of our little friends that would normally be missed. His/hers eyes are so close set! You have to wonder if they keep evolving over the next few thousand years, would the two eyes become one.

    • Mark said, on 27/10/2014 at 6:22 pm

      Maybe they will get bigger as prey become more scarce? See he has two smaller to each side. There’s also two more further round. He’s ‘all eyes’ …

  10. hsiusophia0324 said, on 27/10/2014 at 4:39 pm

    Big eyes.

    • Mark said, on 27/10/2014 at 6:19 pm

      All the better to see with my dear …

  11. Boeta said, on 27/10/2014 at 2:03 pm

    Nice! Love the eyes.

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