Nature's Place

Things That Fly …


Zebra Bee. Ok, not really. A native resting on a cold afternoon.


An unusual fly warming up by the light at night.


Too cold to fly away, resting on the grass.


Racing Red and blue/black winged Wasp.


Long legged fly enjoying the rotting fruit.


Red Assassin Bug, hunting on the flowers other creatures eat.


Bee echo …


Assassin nymph chasing native bee.


Hoverfly in the spiders grasp. Bye, bye fly.


Mating time for the ants.


Doli fly in the afternoon.


Honey Bee meets Spider, usually ends bad for the bee – which is good for the spider.


Mighty wasp. She was seeking nesting sites around the ants feasting on fruit.


Asleep in the field, not far to travel for breakfast.

Things that get overlooked, in the garden or field and on the computer. There are so many images of encounters that are never seen but once.

It may serve as a reminder of the unique character of the individuals within the one amazing nature, everything with a place.

Nothing remains the same, even when change is imperceptibly incremental the movement is always towards ‘better’.

As long as we don’t give in to the dark side, and even that serves, has its place.

And time runs out, things die, nothing remains to change.

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


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  1. michaelmarlow said, on 26/08/2015 at 3:39 am

    Stunning series of photos, Mark. Thanks for sharing!

  2. frankbrehe said, on 20/08/2015 at 2:30 am

    Einfach toll.

  3. Alexander Lautsyus said, on 18/08/2015 at 12:58 am

    Something amazing with its big variety of insects!

  4. standingoutinmyfield said, on 17/08/2015 at 11:41 pm

    Lovely photos!

  5. Cate said, on 17/08/2015 at 1:18 am

    A beautiful smorgasbord of images, Mark. I often find myself forwarding your work to friends; it’s not only enjoyable, but it fosters appreciation of these creatures we often dismiss as insignificant or ugly. They are neither.

    • Mark said, on 17/08/2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Cate. We could do with more respect for the small and simple things, indeed. It’s a work in progress, we might just get there before the world burns – but not the earth, nature will survive us.

  6. Jane said, on 16/08/2015 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Mark,
    I don’t really have the words to match these stunning images. My favourite is the first one though. Zebra bee is a great nick-name for it. I’ve never seen them in such detail before. Incredible shot. Your patience and care in taking these shots show how much you appreciate the beauty of these miniature creatures. I am particularly fond of assassin bugs as I used to have a pet one in a terrarium while I was at uni. I would feed her every day. I had no idea she was pregnant until I noticed the egg cases on the bottom of the terrarium. It was quite exciting to see them hatched but some managed to eat each other before I could release them. Such is the cycle of life and death. Thank you for another beautiful post. Jane

    • Mark said, on 17/08/2015 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Jane.

      Insects are interesting to watch, some spiders eat their mate, the harlequin bug will herd and protect its young, ants talk, and on … Assassin bugs I’ve only ever seen assassinate, no less for it. I have thought of getting an insect or two as captives, maybe … one day.

      It’s a pleasure. M

  7. Emily Scott said, on 16/08/2015 at 4:31 pm

    Really enjoyed looking at these, thank you. I always keep an eye out for the flying creatures as I walk about.

    • Mark said, on 16/08/2015 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Emily. There is a close focussing binoculars, as near as 50cm, that magnifies by 6 or 8 and serves to get a close look at the small creatures without having to get too near and maybe spook them – Pentax Papillio, after butterfly. I can stand in a clearing and see easily for 2 – 20 metres in any direction if there is anything accessible, without having to walk the whole field.

  8. Lissa said, on 16/08/2015 at 3:58 pm

    Good captures Mark. There at the right moment. Perhaps there for a long time before the right moment comes along! Waiting, waiting.

    • Mark said, on 16/08/2015 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Lissa. Thing is, when one is ready and present nature responds.

  9. photoleaper said, on 16/08/2015 at 2:14 pm

    Amazing photos and as always your thoughtful musings.

  10. David said, on 16/08/2015 at 1:27 pm

    Just really wonderful photographs.

  11. smilecalm said, on 16/08/2015 at 11:52 am

    impressed how they come to life here :-)

    • Mark said, on 16/08/2015 at 12:11 pm

      It helps that they are alive when shooting … :-)

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