Nature's Place

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.

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


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  1. In Our Time said, on 30/08/2016 at 11:00 pm

    What a lovely poetic piece of writing. I enjoyed this very much and I am also inspired to be actively aware of my environment, no matter how small.

  2. furrygnome said, on 15/08/2016 at 1:30 am

    I run out of superlatives when I try to comment on your pix!

    • Mark said, on 15/08/2016 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks FG … ‘Nice’ will do. :-)

  3. Tammie said, on 24/07/2016 at 3:14 am

    wonderful portrait of them!

    manna from above for sure. I wonder if their instincts wondered where it came from. Surely their instincts help them to find water. You are kind.

    • Mark said, on 24/07/2016 at 4:03 pm

      I don’t think they wonder, being instinctive. Their instinct would help them find water. No doubt they make use of what happens naturally, condensation on the leaves of the tree at night perhaps.

      Thanks Tammie.

  4. macmsue said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:07 pm

    That redhead is gorgeous and the hairs on it’s rear end quite punky. Great clarity, as usual.

  5. Jane Lurie said, on 22/07/2016 at 4:14 pm

    Fascinating, as always, Mark. 😊

  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 22/07/2016 at 10:20 am

    So clear, and great depth of field. What a wonderful little creature.

  7. Elayne said, on 22/07/2016 at 10:10 am

    Could this be a Muscleman tree ant? I photographed one a few weeks ago; it was blundering through the grass, being attacked by small grass ants which were biting its legs and (possibly?) squirting formic acid into its eyes as it seemed totally disoriented.

    • Mark said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:34 pm

      Yes, it could be. I have never heard of them before. Will have to have a look in the nearby trees now.

  8. Cate said, on 22/07/2016 at 8:16 am

    What a lovely encounter, and a fitting exchange of gifts. Thanks for sharing this, Mark.

  9. bodyandsoulnourishmentblog said, on 22/07/2016 at 7:50 am

    Amazing pictures. Your story and kindness brings a great source of inspiration and the magic of our interconnection with all life forms no mater how tiny.

    • Mark said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Amira. It is a special world after all.

  10. standingoutinmyfield said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:50 am

    Lovely little ant!

  11. Dina said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:18 am

    Those close ups look rather scary …

    • Mark said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:27 pm

      They are about 1cm long, for perspective. I haven’t tested the bite or sting though.

  12. Victor Rakmil said, on 22/07/2016 at 6:04 am


  13. David said, on 22/07/2016 at 5:58 am

    Nice! The head seems to glow.

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