Nature's Place

Old Haunts …

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After a few days rain dead things come to life. Deserts turn to flower. It’s a resurrection of sorts. Water does that, breaks the run, of baking heat and absent form.

Walking in the old places, still shooting above the waist, at first there was nothing to be seen. Where is all the life gone …

Stopping still long enough to examine an old leafless tree, still standing, nothing. Then she walked into view.

Over the horizon she came, and after some examination planted her egg, another burgeoning form.

Is there really such a thing as an old dead tree. Or is death always the ‘other’ side …

Where no imagination can go. Here and now.

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


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  1. absengeralois said, on 05/04/2016 at 1:24 am


  2. Lissa said, on 13/03/2016 at 6:54 am

    Incredible, wonderful, detailed photos as always Mark.

    From searching the Brisbane Insect site it seems to be a White Flank Black Braconid wasp – Callibracon capitator. The larvae of this wasp is known to parasite on Longicorn Beetle larvae.

    • Mark said, on 13/03/2016 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Lissa. I also got some few pictures of that wasp, the obvious differences being a shorter ovipositor and long white hair on that white patch in the middle – or they are different ages, who knows.

  3. standingoutinmyfield said, on 11/03/2016 at 11:58 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful wasp!

  4. photoleaper said, on 11/03/2016 at 11:33 am

    Exquisite photos with a thought to take one away for awhile. Love these posts!

    • Mark said, on 11/03/2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Kathy. It’s nice to know people enjoy the ‘stuff’. :-)

  5. These are great shots and great insights. I marvel at your talent. She is so clear.
    You can kind of imagine how science fiction artists come up with stuff!
    “Is there really such a thing as an old dead tree. Or is death always the ‘other’ side …
    Where no imagination can go. Here and now.” I like that.

    • Mark said, on 11/03/2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Mary.

      They come up with it out of the common psyche, don’t they. But not everyone can see into it, or everyone sees into it to some degree.

      Here and now there is no imagination, only what is. From there, or here, it can be seen death is absence, of imagination for a start … :-)

      Absence is always the ‘other’ side, where no imagination can go. Look at a coin – or any thing, the other side of it is nothing, without imagination. There’s peace in that.

  6. gaurav1729 said, on 11/03/2016 at 8:01 am

    Terrific photos! These wasps never stop moving, so I don’t think these photos were easy to take.

    • Mark said, on 11/03/2016 at 9:33 am

      Thanks G … They do stop to deposit eggs – see pictures one and three, injecting them into a suitable site after much investigation, but once on the move in an area they don’t stay still for more than a few seconds at a time.

  7. David said, on 11/03/2016 at 7:56 am

    Some really great captures.

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