Nature's Place

Introducing …

… variations in form, of one life.

Wild, instinctive little biological robots at work and play, or just being what they are.

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Jumping Spider sitting on bamboo stake, overseeing …

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Chafer – Flower – Beetle, belatedly found the one piece of banana in the garden.

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Weevil on the orange, on a bamboo stake.

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Tiny female Fly laying into the ageing lemon on a stake.

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Daisies, a popular roost for flies at night. This one preening after a good poo, like people do.

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Tiny Bee roosting on the aromatic dried out Basil.

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Injured or deformed Hopper, same spot for a week. The one on the left is how they look normally.

And not one problem between them … evidently.

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Travelling Ant

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Out on my wandering in the local byways I often come across something unique, that I only ever see once.

As I was crossing this fallen – with a little help – fence I noticed there was an occupant of unusual character.

The ant, a kind I haven’t seen before, was using the fence line as a highway across the otherwise difficult terrain and appeared in no hurry.

It had been dry for a few days so I wet the line where the ant would pass and when they met it stopped to take a sip. Free moisture can be a rarity in the wild.

An ant might travel the equivalent of many miles for a drink, but not today. Manna from the sky, and it clearly enjoyed it, stopping to sip a while before resuming its journey.

I could wonder where that ant was going but I know already. It’s going home, if it’s not already there.

Small, instinctive, non self reflective mind.

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All Sorts …

… from the garden and beyond. Some creatures are only ever seen once, or stop only long enough for one shot. These are a few of those.

If you’re into macro it pays to let the garden manage itself as much as possible. It may take time but it takes time for life cycles to establish and creatures to emerge, whatever the season.

Plant them, feed them, prune them, move them but otherwise let things be as much as possible – whatever you do don’t poison them, if you can help it. Works for me.

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Creature of the darkness … Longhorn beetle, favoured the dried out stems for a few nights.

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Ant takes time out of its solitary patrol to preen. A few seconds and it was on its way again.

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Assassin Bug nymph, shelters under the red flower during the day and hunts at night – lately.

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Plant Hopper, looks all bent but it may be moulting – a long time at it.

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Click Beetle up on a leaf in the dead of night, shows up once in a blue moon.

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Male Lynx spider, caught a fruit-fly meal on a decaying lemon staked in the garden.

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Teddy Bear Weevil? Soft and gentle looking. On a post in the car park of the local rainforest remnant.

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Bluebottle in the garden,  they don’t stop long at all for a shot.

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Life On A Lemon

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Him – with the longest front legs, on a lemon.

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Her, on an orange.

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It on my finger. Every time I tried from the side it turned away.

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She is actually laying beneath the skin here. He appears to be guarding, attending her.

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It got crowded on the lemon after a while.

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Alone at last.

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Oh, oh … here comes trouble.

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Two males fighting over a female, antennae and legs flailing. Not the best but the only shot.

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For a change, she appears to seek him out.

These little things, about a centimetre long, are living out their lives on an ageing lemon in the garden, on a bamboo stake. They are attracted to something about the decaying fruit, mold, fungus or/and other qualities not discernible to me.

They live on similarly decaying oranges, and the occasional banana – I have a veritable orchard staked in the garden, all good fun – just to attract the faeries from the bottom of the garden.

Did you know the faeries are insects? Yes, that’s the form they take. And some take no sensible form, preferring the fleetness and relative safety of the insubstantial. Each has its advantages.

The point is though, these creatures of story are in your garden too, if only you look to see, and not to judge. No need for any psychic nonsense either, they are detectable by the senses.

And the wonder of it is sense makes more sense, no nonsense.

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Crucified …

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A kind of Beetle only found on the pink Crucifix Orchid, so far. Surveying her domain.

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She loves a good feed of the freshest buds, both with a colourful heart.

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Aware too of the photographer, just doesn’t know me by name.

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Disappearing for days at a time she comes and goes by her own nature’s design.

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Looking good in her yellow jacket, a warning to some perhaps. Pretty on pink …

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Always climbing back up towards the light, where the freshest buds are found.

The rain came followed by a cold snap, here in a sub tropical Brisbane winter, and must have driven all the small creatures into the depths for survival. Those it didn’t kill.

Such is nature, everything in constant flux, no rest in any condition for too long. And of course the weather can be reflective of what’s inside, if you can see it.

Rain to wash away the dust of seasons past, cold to wake you up or knock you down. Nature doesn’t care one way or another, or cares for all the same.

So, Beetle or man, you shake it off or take it on, rise up and start another day.

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