Nature's Place

Smiley …





Did you know a spider smiles? Yes, somewhere, inside, below the surface appearance every spider smiles instinctively, psychically.

They smile because that is the natural state of things when there is no problem. And a spider never has a problem because a spider doesn’t think and get emotional.

Maybe they are on to something there, instinctively. Something we the people can perhaps learn from. Though we think, and it seems often too much, we can get back to the perfect instinct.

The instinct that allows no unnecessary thought and right action in the moment, and starts with the simple pure sensation inside, the tingling or pressure in every part of every body.

We only have to relearn it. After all we were once instinctive creatures, just like the spider and the fly. And it begins with attention to …


Did you know every insect meditates? Yes, every fly, bee or bug … Except in flight from the spider.

And, in death, there is just no more need – for the insects, or we the people.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge


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  1. Curso-Fotografia-BSellmer said, on 28/11/2014 at 1:02 am

    The colors you get are just inimagible (if this is a word in english)

    • Mark said, on 28/11/2014 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Bruno. That’s close and understood …

  2. bairninaus said, on 26/11/2014 at 11:13 pm

    This is wonderful. Thank you :)

  3. motherhendiaries said, on 23/11/2014 at 4:56 am

    Wowsers! What wonderful images… I can see the pattern on the eye, they are that clear! Well done, you… love this!

  4. Karen Douglass said, on 23/11/2014 at 2:51 am

    I welcome the spiders that share my basement apartment, provided that they don’t attach webs to my toothbrush. I call them “mama” in the probably mistaken belief that most of the ones I live with are female. I don’t have other bugs to bug me, thanks I think to my smiling spiders.

    • Mark said, on 23/11/2014 at 9:12 am

      Spiders are one insect I tolerate in the house, as residents. They do catch anything else that shouldn’t be there, especially the mozzies, and make their webs in out of my way places. Travellers have crossed me in bed at night, and possibly drunk from my glass. Hmmm ….

  5. gwenniesgarden said, on 22/11/2014 at 11:32 pm

    fabulous pictures !!

  6. nicciattfield said, on 22/11/2014 at 10:21 pm

    Lovely photographs.

  7. woodlandgnome said, on 22/11/2014 at 10:16 pm

    Wonderful to see the colors of summer returned to your garden, Mark. I appreciate your perception of a spider’s smile. An interesting observation. I’m sure I’ll be thinking of it, way too much, now that you have pointed it out. The observed always responds to the observer. Perhaps you have elicited the spider’s smile through your appreciation of its beauty. We constantly change the world by the way we focus our attention. And we see it differently depending on how much light we allow in the frame.

    • Mark said, on 23/11/2014 at 9:00 am

      Well, is it the spiders smile, or is it the smile of life inside – with no problem … Yes, we make our reality by what we attend to, or don’t attend to.

      The weather is getting hot already, thirsty garden hanging in there. And it’s only the beginning, of summer.

      Thanks WG.

  8. Lyle Krahn said, on 22/11/2014 at 4:15 pm

    Fantastic shots. I’m glad I can pop by and see all the types of photos I gave up trying to get.

    • Mark said, on 22/11/2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks Lyle. It’s a different class of shooting, isn’t it. And I have control of the light, big advantage when it works.

  9. Sonel said, on 22/11/2014 at 2:25 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos once again Mark and you’re right, they do smile. I’ve even had a little mantis ‘pose’ for me one time. :D I think nature is wonderful and we can learn so much from it. Thanks for sharing these beauties and lovely thoughts. :D

  10. Ken said, on 22/11/2014 at 2:15 pm

    The yellow theme works so well.

    • Mark said, on 22/11/2014 at 6:16 pm

      It does Ken, all on the same flowers in the garden too.

      Err, one is a sunflower, the hoverfly.

  11. NatureSpeak Photos said, on 22/11/2014 at 1:19 pm

    These images are absolutely gorgeous! And I completely agree that we should learn to avoid unnecessary negative thought of all kinds. Life would be a lot happier, more peaceful and with a lot more smiles all around then. There is so much to learn from nature!

    • Mark said, on 22/11/2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Azim. Yes, if there were less negative thinking there would be less negative behaviour – it follows. Nature is without the confusion of mind – apart from the observers – so ‘naturally’ more clearly symbolic. The clearer the mind the more accurate the reflection.

  12. Dennis Wagoner said, on 22/11/2014 at 12:46 pm

    Very nice! What is the light source for these pictures?

    • Mark said, on 22/11/2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Dennis. I nearly always use flash, snooted and diffused. Somewhere in this – – there are pix of my setup.

      • Dennis Wagoner said, on 22/11/2014 at 1:50 pm

        Thanks Mark. I read through the article and will be returning there while I do some experimenting. I have a Sony Nex F3 which has no macro lens. I am using the 55-210 lens with two extensions (26mm total) for most of my ‘macro’-style shots. I cannot get as close as I would like but I still get some good detail. I have to juggle the exposure to get enough light and the depth of field a great deal to get a shot I can publish. [Still have a few kids to get through college, so the upgrade to a better system is still a few years away!]

        • Mark said, on 22/11/2014 at 6:15 pm

          I don’t think you need a better system Dennis, but to make the most of what you have – mine is 8yo tech + achromats and developed lighting. Really, it’s the lighting that does the trick.

          The comments there can be informative too, with some useful links to stuff and technique I use.

  13. Cate said, on 22/11/2014 at 12:29 pm

    Stunning images, and an apt reflection on instinctual wisdom. Thanks!

    • Mark said, on 22/11/2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Cate … Instinctual, there’s a word few use.

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