Nature's Place

Wild Being


Bee on my stick …


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Climbing to the sun …


Have only seen those ‘cutters’ behind the mandibles on a Carpenter Bee

  I hadn’t been to Venman for a while and didn’t take my camera on the walk, thinking to just enjoy the cooler wet woods without consideration for a picture, of anything – it had been raining much and I had no mind for hunting.

Along the way the path was flooded and I noticed a commotion on the water’s surface and could see plainly a large insect was in trouble, on its back, wide wings keeping it from sinking, so I offered my stick and it gripped it without hesitation.

It wasn’t the first time I had done such a thing and knew it was only a matter of time before she was recovered and away on the wing, it being a bee’s nature to busy itself. It climbed a few inches and stopped, resting, recovering from its watery struggle.

Walking on I gave it time to wake up and it didn’t move again so I kept it in my shadow, protected from the wind, as I slowly made my way back to the van, where the camera was, and set her up on a dry surface in the sun and took a few shots.

She soon got moving again and after a while tried to fly away but without success, launching into the air but unable to sustain flight for more than a couple feet. I picked her up again and she made use of different surfaces, bark, stone and tree.

I didn’t see at the time but in the pix it is apparent she was damaged on the upper right eye and head, it was a windy day, which would account for her crashing to the water.

Falling back to earth a few times I kept her from the ants and eventually set her climbing a tall tree into the sunshine, was where I left her.

Eventually we’ve got to leave the wild to be …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click the pix for a closer look


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  1. Stacy said, on 10/03/2015 at 2:41 am

    Great pictures again. It’s nice to save a creature, however small, isn’t it… when I find an insect trapped in the house, I usually try to catch it and let it loose in the garden. It’s nice to see it soar high up into the sky, back to freedom where it belongs. Big or small, we all want to live..(-:

    • Mark said, on 10/03/2015 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Stacy. The small are no less deserving, in fact are more important as the bigger rely on them … are built on them. Yes, every life would live – and a point comes … when any organism will just break down, and want or instinct – as driving forces – will fall away.

  2. afrenchgarden said, on 09/03/2015 at 7:04 am

    She is so beautiful. I missed the damage at first glance. Your photographs just take my breath away. Amelia

    • Mark said, on 09/03/2015 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Amelia. She is a beauty, and so well dressed for the forest …

  3. jcmindset said, on 07/03/2015 at 4:33 pm

    Great images…brilliant work

    • Mark said, on 07/03/2015 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Josh. Yes, brilliant work … thought I’d take a few pix of it. :-)

  4. pronghornwildlife2 said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:32 am

    Your beautiful images give me hope…still winter here, all those little, very cool critters are still fast asleep (or not yet hatched, born or arrived).

    • Mark said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Kimball. Spring always follows winter, it just takes longer some places …

  5. Cate said, on 06/03/2015 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful images, Mark; whatever her fate in the flesh, she lives
    on through them.

    • Mark said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Cate. In a way, yes. And she comes from the psyche and will live again, the way thoughts become actualities …

  6. Lissa said, on 06/03/2015 at 5:39 am

    Nature takes it’s course in the end :/ and nothing we can do about it. I have to wonder how she damaged that eye. Must have hit something with quite a lot of force. Beautiful detailed pics as usual Mark :)

    • Mark said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks Lissa. The wind probably whacked it into a tree. We make our nature too … as within.

  7. gwenniesgarden said, on 06/03/2015 at 4:57 am

    these are awesome pictures !

    • Mark said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Gwen … a wonderful sitter too, for sure.

  8. David said, on 06/03/2015 at 4:07 am

    Some really exceptional shots. Way to take advantage of a situations others may have ignored.

    • Mark said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks David. The whole earth is at our feet … everything else is imagination.

  9. Jan Schaper said, on 06/03/2015 at 2:36 am

    Stunning photos, Mark! And a beautiful inter-species story. Have had similar bee rescue experiences myself when kayaking on Beaver Lake . . . minus the extraordinary photography, of course! We owe the bees a lot; seems the least we can do is lend a helping hand, right?

    • Mark said, on 06/03/2015 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks Jan. Yes, why not respect nature, the small stuff too – the world seems a long way off it … for now.

  10. standingoutinmyfield said, on 06/03/2015 at 12:57 am

    Wow! What a lovely carpenter

  11. Alexander Lautsyus said, on 05/03/2015 at 11:21 pm

    Mark, your pictures of that small creatures help to understand them because the real their size does not allow to perceive them like something significant. Their portraits in your performance open their world and make them worthy of attention. Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 05/03/2015 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks Alexander. Yes, seeing the detail of these little beauties makes a difference.

  12. blackice713 said, on 05/03/2015 at 9:17 pm

    Excellent Macro shot!

  13. Victor Rakmil said, on 05/03/2015 at 8:17 pm

    Marvelous post.

  14. treesshrubs said, on 05/03/2015 at 5:41 pm

    What a sweet act of kindness! Images crystal clear …..beautiful : )

    • Mark said, on 05/03/2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Therese … a beauty indeed. I couldn’t leave her to drown is all.

  15. Julie said, on 05/03/2015 at 5:27 pm

    Wonderful photographs, heart warming story.

    • Mark said, on 05/03/2015 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Julie … I trust she went on doing what bees do, or another would take her place – the way of things here.

  16. Emily Scott said, on 05/03/2015 at 4:28 pm

    She was lucky that you came along and we are too, as she’s an absolute beauty.

  17. smilecalm said, on 05/03/2015 at 3:24 pm

    so fuzzy
    & cute :-)

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