Nature's Place

What A Feast …

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… the garden is. In more ways than one, I know.

To the senses a delight, of colour and form, scent and texture. Then just a little closer and …

… nature knows no pity, no sentimentality, just survival and reproduction. Only the fittest, the fastest, the craftiest endure.

And the wild formless intelligence behind it cannot be denied, while no thing, no body, lasts longer than its time.

I had a dream … that turned out to be a nightmare.

Now I don’t dream any more.

And the dream goes on.

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


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  1. absengeralois said, on 05/04/2016 at 1:26 am


  2. David said, on 05/12/2015 at 1:37 am

    Great shots with fantastic detail and color.

    • Mark said, on 05/12/2015 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks David … The Pany G6 and Oly 60mm macro make good jpg’s together.

  3. treesshrubs said, on 03/12/2015 at 8:58 pm

    Totally amazing ….really insects have got it all thanks again for enthralling and inspiring me!! Trees

    • Mark said, on 05/12/2015 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks Therese … It’s a wild world in the garden and at our feet.

  4. Lilka Raphael said, on 03/12/2015 at 12:00 pm

    Gorgeous shots!

  5. Emily Scott said, on 03/12/2015 at 8:14 am

    Have never seen a spider quite like that before. Pretty glad it’s the wrong scale to suddenly appear looming over my shoulder.

    • Mark said, on 03/12/2015 at 11:11 am

      I’m pretty sure the first two are a female Lynx spider, maybe even the same one at different times – taken 3 days apart. #4 is the male.

      At least with a spider you know what you’re getting. The human social equivalent hides in plain view.

  6. Cate said, on 03/12/2015 at 7:04 am

    Yikes! The insect equivalent of me wouldn’t last a second. Amazing shots, though!

    • Mark said, on 03/12/2015 at 11:06 am

      None of us would last long, that’s how important the form is – to the life behind it.

  7. BearlyAware said, on 03/12/2015 at 6:49 am

    I often look closely at the long strip of grass and weeds overlaying a nearby petroleum pipeline and everywhere I look there arre small black spiders, which I eventually identified as a type of wolf spider. Often cruising through the grass are many ichneumon wasps and in some seasons, tachinid flies. The spiders make a quick kill of their prey, but the ichneumon wasps and tachinid flies lay eggs that will hatch and eat their living prey. I ponder on how any caterpillar or other insect in the grass can possibly survive the intense predation, but know that there is a balance; because without an adequate number of prey insects, there would not be the host of predators. It is a balance I am only beginning to comprehend.

    • Mark said, on 03/12/2015 at 11:05 am

      There is an ebb and flow but never an empty space for long, where things be. The greatest imbalance I notice is when we interfere, with clearing, building, mono-culture and chemicals.

  8. Lissa said, on 03/12/2015 at 6:45 am

    Great shots as usual Mark :)
    Sitting here looking at these I thought to myself, “If I was an insect I would rather be a hunter/meat eater than one of the hunted”. Then I remembered finding a spider with it’s smaller spider catch the other day.
    Nothing is safe in the food chain.

    • Mark said, on 03/12/2015 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Lissa. Yep, nobody escapes the machine, or the intelligence behind … :-)

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