Nature's Place

Pretty On Pink

P1080147_filtered Mark Berkery-001

A Green Shield Bug flits from place to place around the garden. If it doesn’t find what it wants in one place off it goes to another. But what does a bug want? Food, shelter and a mate, what else …

It doesn’t know to want anything it doesn’t need. Could it possibly just enjoy the colour in the sunshine, playing in the garden. As many other garden dwellers can be seen or seem to do.

Is there any conscious self awareness in a bug, or is it an instinctive organic robot. Maybe a messenger of a greater intelligence, the earth perhaps.

And anything born has the potential of its mother, and more.

Let’s not dismiss the little things.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click a picture for a closer look


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  1. Susan Lukwago said, on 13/09/2015 at 10:05 am

    Your eye and photographs, with the resulting exquisite images; as well as your gentle reflections, have affected how I look at nature when I am out walking … have affected my outlook for the better. I thank you.

    • Mark said, on 13/09/2015 at 10:58 am

      Glad to hear it. Soon, I think, I will be teaching meditation again and if there is interest I will include time in nature – being in the (inner) sensation and the reciprocal of being in the (outer) senses.

      Thanks Susan.

  2. Lea Tran said, on 13/09/2015 at 8:58 am

    I hope it does take the time to play and enjoy the sunshine.
    Love this poetic post. Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 13/09/2015 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Lea. These days I prefer to see the playful of the earth than the insanity of the world ‘news’. :-)

  3. Lyle Krahn said, on 13/09/2015 at 2:54 am

    Great title for an even better photo!

  4. Jan Schaper said, on 12/09/2015 at 11:36 am

    To my eye, a messenger of the Mother simply by being itself . . . itself naturally inseparable from the Mother. Do we, as humans, have the eyes, ears and heart to perceive/receive the message? Thank you for the cheerful image and wise words.

    • Mark said, on 12/09/2015 at 2:53 pm

      Yes, every little earth made thing carries something of its mother for its mother. For those with intelligence, stillness of mind, enough to see.

      Thanks Jan …

  5. treesshrubs said, on 11/09/2015 at 5:23 pm

    Soo amazing: ))

    • Mark said, on 11/09/2015 at 9:24 pm

      Wonderful creatures, earth made and not a sigh of heart-stress or worldly strain. :-)

  6. einfachtilda said, on 11/09/2015 at 4:52 pm

    Sieht sehr schön aus :-)

  7. BearlyAware said, on 11/09/2015 at 2:54 pm

    I think every bug has a personality. Some are skittish, others bold. Some do not mind standing out.

    • Mark said, on 11/09/2015 at 3:09 pm

      That’s true, some do display characteristics we would consider signs of individuality in people. Question then is are those people really individuals in their behaviour, or are they instinctive (though somewhat learned and emotionalised) organic robots?

      • BearlyAware said, on 18/09/2015 at 12:30 pm

        I have no doubt that humans are instinctive and tribal (pack animals). They are not at all rational, although they rationalize. But neither are they organic robots. They are fairly predictable animals, easily manipulated, but irregular enough to shed the label robotic. People are just animals, no better, no worse, but at this time, their damaging activities could easily be called an infestation.

        • Mark said, on 18/09/2015 at 12:51 pm

          Even machines have their irregularities. :-)

          People are just animals, animals are instinctive organic robots – for the most part. What sets people apart, for the most part, is a capacity for self reflection that enables self initiated change – evolution of intelligence in other words – which is also predictable. It looks to me the whole of existence and everything in it is robotic, mechanical, following broadly predictable – including the irregulars – if often complex courses. That doesn’t make it any less an amazing place.

  8. David said, on 11/09/2015 at 12:00 pm

    Nice capture and interesting thoughts and great colors in the photo.

  9. BeeHappee said, on 11/09/2015 at 10:47 am

    What a wonderful contrast! We see them all the time, but they seem to like to sit on the green.

    • Mark said, on 11/09/2015 at 1:30 pm

      Yes, bugs tend not to stand out, survival instinct. This one goes against the grain. Maybe telling us something? :-)

  10. lograstudio said, on 11/09/2015 at 10:03 am


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