Nature's Place

A Colourful Death …

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Down the old haunts where nobody goes there is an old tree that nobody knows. It’s a dead tree, full of life that can’t be seen while searching with a wanting eye, or nose …

Then, when the gasping trying goes the still and quiet comes and one appears, to let the shooting begin. Carefully, no grasping, so as not to disturb the native ears.

Once begun, as shooting is under way and one has had enough and moves away, the other visitors to the tree present, one by one, for a picture, to represent.

And so it goes … While the shooter is busy seeing what’s there the visitors are busy with their own search, of what’s in the air and under the surface. I’m sure they have a care.

For what they find is no small thing, to them, danger or boon will cause them to sing, in their way. Have you ever heard a shield-bug cry out, or have a fling …

Well, they don’t remember the pain to compare so shout for joy they don’t. Except in pain they may cry, that none can avoid. The experience is true though, the same for I, or you.

The difference being they don’t interpret and start to think, to keep them from the brink, of suffering man who cannot help but sink.

But it’s not the end, just something along the way, until thinking no longer holds sway.

And that, my friend, is another story, for another day.

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  1. Margaret Griffin said, on 22/03/2016 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Mark, These photographs are amazing in their detail. I like the bugs’ hairy legs and it looks like they have two sets of eyes – big eyes on the side of the head and little ruby coloured ones on the top of the head.

  2. kmunyard said, on 21/03/2016 at 6:15 am

    Up to your very high standard as usual.
    Inspiring !

  3. photoleaper said, on 20/03/2016 at 8:42 am


  4. krikitarts said, on 19/03/2016 at 10:03 am

    That proboscis looks particularly formidable. Are they predators like assassin bugs, or do they use them for plant juices?

    • Mark said, on 19/03/2016 at 1:44 pm

      They are predators in their own right, probably feeding on developing larva here. The tree doesn’t have any sap in it. It’s a hotspot habitat, something just right about it for the bugs.

  5. David said, on 18/03/2016 at 7:32 am

    Very nice captures. I especially like the dorsal view of the next to last one. Is it spreading its wings?

    • Mark said, on 18/03/2016 at 10:30 am

      Thanks David. Probably just a twitch of the casing.

  6. treesshrubs said, on 18/03/2016 at 7:26 am

    My goodness such prehistoric critters! They look like they are could do a lotta damage ….yet curiously their colourings are quite beautiful tho muted : )) thanks trees

    • Mark said, on 18/03/2016 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Therese. In the right situation they could, that proboscis is sharp and I hear it can be very painful. It’s rare to be mistaken for a tree though …

  7. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 18/03/2016 at 7:15 am

    Wonderful! Wonderful.

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