Nature's Place

Life In The Green


Carrying a can of water down the bare earth path between the giant ferns at the corner of the house, leaves high on both sides, I sensed movement as a Praying Mantis came into view. I stopped to look, eye to eye, and offered a finger which she mounted and I carried her over to the other giant fern leaf.

She took a few strides into the dark green jungle before she swivelled her big eyed head back at me and said in her sharp clickity little voice “Thanks Mark.”

‘No problem’, said I. But no, I didn’t have my camera handy. It wasn’t one of those encounters. Was and wasn’t …


This might have been one, or two, of her many babies that appeared a couple weeks ago on the deck.


The flowers are coming along nicely, drinking a lot of water in their skyward stretch, a lot of leg work too – my legs. Hand watering a big-ish garden is a good way to get to know what’s going on in the greenery. Notably, not a lot – as I recall last year same time.

The Carpenter Bee is still coming and going, a few bees are visiting – but not to the hotels at all, lots of little green plant bugs, some flies and the occasional spider.


He must have dropped in fully grown – climbed a tall tree, probably saw my bright yellow patch that instinctively registered ‘food’ and cast a strand to the wind in search of direction to pastures new. He’s a beauty, gentle faced and quiet of nature, a flower or ambush spider – consummate predator.

They often take on the colouring of their surrounds, camouflage to better hunt the visiting insects, collectors of pollen and drinkers of nectar – good in evading other hunters too.


Morning is best time to catch a meal on a flower. An unlucky bee, early to the feast, lucky spider, and green bug snacks.


And just for the show …


Pausing every now and again, just to sense what is the nature now. Blue sky, trees blowing in the wind, Galah’s ripping up the seed pods of the African Tulip, smell of the wet earth, colour, sound, form – a simple pleasure. Feeding the winged visitors at days end.

Doves, Indian Mynahs, the Butcherbird and Pied Magpie. All with young ones to feed and be taught to fend for themselves, take a bit of bread in the late afternoon. You can see the teaching going on, the way things are.


The only one I could get of him today. Others lost in a broken computer.

When the cat, Djinn, shows himself, what a commotion from the screeching Mynahs. He just sits unmoved, on the edge of stressed, so long as they can’t actually get at him.

In sense, instinctively …

© 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 10:23 pm

    The first one are the best in my opinion. The out of focus background plus the front shot made it dramatic.

  2. katacamar said, on 07/11/2014 at 5:29 pm

    always beautifull shots :)

  3. David said, on 04/11/2014 at 2:20 pm

    Fun, interesting post and nice photos.

  4. igardendaily said, on 04/11/2014 at 12:35 pm

    Your photos are fantastic! Love the ones of the spider!

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2014 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Andrea. The spider was cooperative …

  5. treesshrubs said, on 04/11/2014 at 8:02 am

    Love your post …. insects are such wonderful subjects …beautiful!

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Theresa. They are ‘interesting’ … :-)

  6. sweffling said, on 04/11/2014 at 7:10 am

    I don’t know the preying mantis: she looks rather scary to me! I love the spider who changes colour, what a beauty:) As always, tremendous photos.

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks S, appreciated. Nature is amazing in all the ways it works …

  7. gwenniesgarden said, on 04/11/2014 at 4:05 am

    wonderfull pictures !!!

  8. Ivan Cordero said, on 04/11/2014 at 3:07 am

    Truly stunning images thanks for sharing these with weekend photographers like myself who could only dream of having the time, money and know-how to capture such vibrant images. We do have the ambition though! Ivan Cordero

    • Mark said, on 04/11/2014 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Ivan. Time and know-how yes. Money, not so much. Have a look here – Macro Illustrated Gives the rundown, more or less – long-ish.

  9. Macro Madness said, on 04/11/2014 at 2:33 am

    Incredible macro shot!

  10. Mr Bennett Kent said, on 03/11/2014 at 6:09 pm

    lovely series and Mantises are one of my favourite of insects

  11. Jane Lurie said, on 03/11/2014 at 2:53 pm

    Fantastic shots!

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