Nature's Place

She …

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She lies in wait, unmoving … threads on the blue to tell and trap or trip.

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Capture … seen first from below, or upside down.

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From above … after a little manipulation, careful not to alarm her.

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A bountiful day … for the spider queen.

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The discarded husk, falls from the blue, form without much life, emptied of nourishment.

waits by the flower for her love, a need of food to sustain her, in this time of reproduction, instinctively without self-conscious calculation.

The blue flower embroidered with her silk, the better to do her job of capture and eat, to feed the young, potential in her.

Red Nasturtium papers the walls of her minds eye, bees and flies the action in her unoccupied space.

Perpetual nature, incomplete in mortal form, knowledge to the seeing eye.

Thank you for the perfect little things.

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


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  1. David said, on 11/11/2015 at 7:13 am

    A really fantastic series of shots and prose.

  2. Karen Douglass said, on 09/11/2015 at 12:14 am

    Thank you for a grand experience. Marvelous words and photos.

    • Mark said, on 09/11/2015 at 12:43 am

      Thanks Karen, nice to know the work is enjoyed.

  3. Lissa said, on 08/11/2015 at 8:44 am

    I hadn’t realised the little flower spiders spun any web. Great capture Mark.

    • Mark said, on 08/11/2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Lissa. I think every spider uses its silk in some way in capture and other functions.

  4. Paulo Vasco said, on 07/11/2015 at 12:55 pm

    Great and amazing pics!

  5. Cate said, on 07/11/2015 at 5:14 am

    Amazing images, Mark! My sympathies are with the bee, but I understand, and the spider is beautiful in her own way.

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2015 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Cate.

      It is my natural inclination too and if I had an orchard I might interrupt the spider more. I already destroy webs in the garden if I think there are too many – there are so many insects there that are so fast or elusive I’ll never get a picture of one.

      But, but, those webs devour a host of mosquitoes. And see what mother spider has to tend –

      Sympathy is transferable and may be illusory … and I suspect no matter our intrusion on nature, for apparent good or ill, we disturb the balance, ultimately at our own peril.

  6. BeeHappee said, on 06/11/2015 at 10:06 pm

    I like the “little brown sugar crumbs all over her mouth after the feasting on her cake”. :) Too cool!

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2015 at 12:10 am

      Adds interest, doesn’t it. Munchies … :-)

  7. Thank for your nice pictures.

  8. Beautiful shots! Always happy for predator and sad for prey. Can’t help it. She is so beautiful though.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2015 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Mary. I can’t do that, happy, sad, because then you have to have all the other opposites – nice and nasty, etc.

      She is a beauty, isn’t she. I’m sure her suitors are compelled by her calm eyes and extending reach. :-)

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