Nature's Place

Painted Dancer

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Robotic, staccato movement of tiny feet across the flowers. Behind her a trail of silk to anchor.

Big eyed beauty sees all in her world, strangers above a certain size reveal themselves at their peril.

Such confidence she has, or lack of self consciousness – unaware of the sharp eyed crow overhead.

Pure instinctive being, untouchable by discursive thought or emotion – as we know it.

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



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  1. Adnan Ismail said, on 29/06/2017 at 4:26 am

    thank you mark bring more nice photo clear sharp most creatures

  2. Nitin Khanna said, on 01/03/2017 at 10:44 pm

    Great Pictures. Never thought representing macro pictures can be so beautiful. Appreciate your work and efforts

  3. slukwago said, on 27/02/2017 at 3:41 am

    Anything I would say several others have already said, Mark. Stunning pictures Mark. I do not know how you do it. Your eye. Your pictures. The beauty. Your words. You make/help me appreciate the earth so so much more in ways I never imagined. I mean the reflection of your lens in the spider’s eyes … that is super crazy detail. Woooo! Thank you so much.

    • Mark said, on 27/02/2017 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks S…

      How to do it? First you have to find out what to do, there’s lots of wrong information ‘out there’. Then you practise, a lot. But yes, you need an eye for the intimacy, which is what I think makes the shot.

      All gone into here – – for anyone interested.

  4. kim blades, writer said, on 25/02/2017 at 11:13 pm

    A very pretty and engaging photographic subject.

  5. treesshrubs said, on 25/02/2017 at 8:29 am

    OMGoodness…she’s unusual!! What a talented critter 😁

  6. Sally said, on 25/02/2017 at 6:51 am

    Where DID you find this spider? Who knew they came in such incredible colours? Your photos capture the detail perfectly. Jumping spiders are my favourite spider — partly for the looks but also for their acrobatics.

  7. Lissa said, on 24/02/2017 at 6:33 pm

    Gorgeous :)
    I wonder how you and your camera look to her through those 8 eyes?

    • Mark said, on 24/02/2017 at 8:36 pm

      She would only see the circle of the lens and the white diffuser above it, most – you can see it in the reflection of the eyes in the first picture. I usually shoot from around 2 inches. They do sometimes react to their own reflection, sometimes they jump on the camera and wander about.

  8. Jane Lurie said, on 24/02/2017 at 3:02 pm

    I cannot stop looking, Mark! Those eyes, her colors and the remarkable detail you always manage to capture. Bravo!

    • Mark said, on 24/02/2017 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Jane. I endeavour to do them justice. This one is elegant, isn’t she.

  9. Graham said, on 24/02/2017 at 2:25 pm

    Beautiful. You have e to wonder why people hate spiders sometimes. Stunning photos!

    • Mark said, on 24/02/2017 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks Graham. These jumping spiders are known for being handsome, even cute, and playful. Others not so. Even though I am used to handling creatures up close the sudden appearance of a huntsman in my bathroom sink while I was washing this morning was cause for the body to react. It’s instinctive, then we can make it emotional if we are not careful.

      • Graham said, on 25/02/2017 at 3:48 am

        Jumping spiders are fun to watch and interact with, while my camera isn’t as good as yours, I can see enough to watch them almost seem to dance at times…fascinating…but I can only imagine what it must be like to have a huntsman surprise you! 😄

        I think you are right that we must be pre-conditioned to fear them because they can sometimes inflict pain…but I guess they fear us more and we just have to respect their space.

        I think I read somewhere once that Brazilian wandering spiders, which are deadly, can be forcefully aggressive towards us…I can’t imagine that either!

        • Mark said, on 25/02/2017 at 12:22 pm

          Too much imagining and you’d never do anything. :-)

          • Graham said, on 25/02/2017 at 1:06 pm

            Amen to that! 😄

  10. David said, on 24/02/2017 at 6:20 am

    Remarkable colors, remarkable creature, and remarkable photos.

  11. niasunset said, on 24/02/2017 at 5:40 am

    Great photographs. Thank you, Love, nia

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