Nature's Place

On The Edge …

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Mating Leaf Beetles. A grandstand view, picked for the shot, replaced and then they were off up the tree.

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Come into my arms … says the Clown Spider to the …

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Steampunk style? One of Gill’s finds.

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We thought this wasp was in trouble, dying maybe. She was so lethargic and approachable. See her other side.

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On the abdomen is a small crater-like wound, weeping from under the fold, and swollen. She has been parasitised and the alien life form is growing.

of the dark vasty deep, of the water treatment plant. Some say an off smell drifts from it but I only smell the sweetness of the earth, with the occasional whiff of active water – can’t smell ‘off’.

Gill and I started in the garden and there was not much to shoot at all, probably something to do with heat and dry – not much rain this year, and rising temperatures. Not encouraging.

So it was off to the local hot spot and though there wasn’t a lot to be found there was more than I could have anticipated, or seen alone.

Bugs were mating in the shade, some bugs dying too, and others just looking fantastic.

Magical nature, deeply touched. The earth turns on this stuff.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click those pictures for a closer look


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  1. Jan Schaper said, on 30/01/2016 at 1:26 pm

    A nice flow of images from conception to death, Mark.

    • Mark said, on 30/01/2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Jan. And death results in new life, albeit a strange birth to an unwilling mother.

  2. sirslittledarling said, on 30/01/2016 at 2:50 am

    The last picture evoked strong emotional. I clicked and looked at the fuzzy creature and felt a sadness. Perhaps your words guided me by saying she was possibly dying…today you gave me that greater understanding of seeing the unseen.

    • Mark said, on 30/01/2016 at 5:35 am

      She is surely dying – dead now, aren’t we all. But what is death, a disintegrating form, an absence of … And what is left when dying is done, to reflect on. Could it be …….? Can it be understood or is it ……. to think about or know. Is that the unseen seen?

      • hermesssaglaea said, on 02/05/2016 at 10:36 pm

        It is so unseen seen! I just speechless. That’s not often with me. Mark, can you please send me a link for you tips and tricks, which you mention a comment earlier? Since now -I’m yours…follower.

        • Mark said, on 03/05/2016 at 12:10 am

          Hi H … and welcome. Maybe you mean this? –

          • hermesssaglaea said, on 03/05/2016 at 10:54 am

            Thank you. It is so beautiful. Seemed like micro world is so colourful and much more beautiful then ours. I showed it to my 5 years old. She was fascinated.

            • Mark said, on 03/05/2016 at 1:49 pm

              The children love nature, naturally. Our world is just as wonderful, when we leave the rampant thinking and emotion out of it.

            • hermesssaglaea said, on 03/05/2016 at 4:31 pm

              Agree, but without emotions, this world become a place for pure reproduction

            • Mark said, on 03/05/2016 at 4:47 pm

              Not at all, beauty and love don’t depend on emotion.

              But you can have all the emotion you want, and with the ‘good’ emotion you will also get the ‘bad’ (anger, resentment, jealousy … etc). You can’t have one without the other, and what do you do then …

            • hermesssaglaea said, on 03/05/2016 at 9:31 pm

              Love is an emotion. A feeling, that combines a spectrum of emotions. And if you have one emotion you need another to outweigh it. So I will do nothing with to stop a bad from good and good from bad. Just enjoy the ride, I guess. What do YOU do then? As I understood you prefer not have any of emotions?

            • Mark said, on 03/05/2016 at 9:45 pm

              If love is an emotion it is also hate, you can’t have one emotion without it’s polar opposite. That’s the nature of emotion, you don’t get to pick and choose which ones you’ll have – haven’t you noticed.

              Having emotions is not a matter for preference. I have emotions, I just don’t believe them like most do. Because I don’t want the other negative emotions that go with the so called good emotions. And by disallowing emotion its sway in me, because it is unwholesome to me, it retreats to a saner perspective – the wolf you feed.

              It’s a matter of degree, and doing or being against the tide is not easy, but it is rewarding – if I can use that word.

  3. photoleaper said, on 29/01/2016 at 3:53 pm

    Such magnificent photos and as always your words are pure and refreshing to read.

    • Mark said, on 29/01/2016 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks Kathy. I am pleased you like it.

  4. David said, on 29/01/2016 at 1:45 pm

    “… and others just looking fantastic.” They all look pretty fantastic to me.

  5. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 29/01/2016 at 12:40 pm

    You are so amazing. I wish I could come there and learn from you. Everything you photograph is so clear. I have the patience in nature. I just don’t have the patience for technology. I have read some of your direction, which I appreciate. But a lot of it goes over my head. I certainly enjoy what you do. A lot! Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 29/01/2016 at 1:21 pm

      Hello Mary. A lot of the tech stuff goes over my head too. It was a struggle to learn some but everything in its time, the rest I discard or just forget. What I couldn’t do was learn without a camera to put into practise what I was reading. That’s how it sticks for me, to me …

      Thanks you. Peace too. :-)


      PS If you ever do come … a welcome will be made.

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