Nature's Place

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.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look
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  1. Tommy Roenningen said, on 07/07/2016 at 8:16 pm

    Great pictures. The light is well balanced and the colors are very eyecatching.

    • Mark said, on 07/07/2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Tommy. Not bad for so shiny a surface, the lighting. Thing is to get the diffusion right, and as close as possible for relative size, so as not to waste any to keep the flash pulse duration short – for sharpness too.

  2. Cate said, on 02/07/2016 at 7:26 am

    Especially love the colors in these shots, Mark!

    • Mark said, on 02/07/2016 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Cate, what would we do without the electronics to reproduce the image … Draw, paint and imagine I suppose. Imagine monsters …

  3. Margaret Griffin said, on 01/07/2016 at 10:30 pm

    Great choice of habitat, beetle.

    • Mark said, on 02/07/2016 at 4:53 am

      If you could choose, yellow beetle on pink crucifix orchid is not too hazardous a life it seems. I suspect the yellow is a deterrent to the various birds that visit or she would have been eaten by now.

  4. treesshrubs said, on 01/07/2016 at 3:03 pm

    Great pics and I’d be soo bummed if that was my orchid! 😀

    • Mark said, on 01/07/2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Therese. I found these orchids in an old abandoned garden a few years ago, planted a few pieces in the garden and they now cover a square metre or so, enough for a few bugs I think. An orange one is showing the same promise, no bugs on it yet though.

  5. Jan Schaper said, on 01/07/2016 at 1:23 pm

    Nature — I love your beautiful designs. Thanks for sharing the enticing photos, Mark.

  6. rhudgins said, on 01/07/2016 at 11:21 am

    Wonderful pictures! Always learn something new from you blog!

    • Mark said, on 01/07/2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Rhonda. Nice to know it is of value …

  7. Peter Ward said, on 01/07/2016 at 11:19 am

    Very nice Mark, great background bokeh & colours. It must be cooling down back there in Brissy? Cheers.

    • Mark said, on 01/07/2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Peter, Yes, it’s winter proper here now.

  8. David said, on 01/07/2016 at 9:59 am

    Wonderful series of photos. Great exposure, focus, clarity, and color, and a nice narrative. We also had rain recently that brought a cold snap

    • Mark said, on 01/07/2016 at 10:45 am

      Thanks David. It’s still cold at night but today the sun is shining.

  9. macmsue said, on 01/07/2016 at 9:39 am

    The photos are great, as I’d expect, and your last line of text is a gem.

  10. bodyandsoulnourishmentblog said, on 01/07/2016 at 9:11 am

    Amazing shots! The beauty of nature and all its creatures big and small. Thank you for bringing us an increased awareness of these tiny colorful creatures and a close and personal view into their lives.

  11. puzzleblume said, on 01/07/2016 at 7:07 am

    Really pretty on pink, in addition to amazing photography!

  12. DPNews said, on 01/07/2016 at 6:06 am

    Great pictures!

  13. gwenniesworld said, on 01/07/2016 at 5:30 am

    Awesome pictures!

  14. again excellent photos. You are showing different and beautiful image from insects we “know” but never seen like this before.

    • Mark said, on 01/07/2016 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Mohammad. The technology allows us to see even in such small things there is something ‘other’ than the conditioned response.


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