Nature's Place

Bluey The Fly

What big eyes … and that purposeful structure, of face and eye. Implies something other … maybe instinct, or nothing at all.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

Top heavy but perfectly poised for flight, at rest still. Little spurs and hooks enabling it.

Let the ablutions begin. Those front arms, legs, perfectly fitted to maintain a groomed appearance. Or he’s just loving it.

And the beard, leave no hair uncombed. Though it’s good to break some habits, if habit it be.

Rub those eyes, keeping fresh and alert. Thing is, when he’s focussed on preening he doesn’t see me.

The most skittish fly in the garden. You only have to look in their direction and they’re away.

Sometimes they take off as soon as it occurs to me to take a shot, never mind make a move towards one.

It’s as if they can read intent, and ‘survival’ won’t let them allow me close enough to constitute a threat.

And then there are the times they don’t even see me, rare they be, and I get a few shots before flight.

One thing I’ve practised these years of doing macro, see the fact and accept what comes, and what goes.

This eventually reduces the force of any wanting or trying to an echo of itself, a habit that can be broken.

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



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  1. kim blades, writer said, on 08/04/2017 at 5:25 pm

    Really amazing creatures. They have ‘fabric’ eyes.

  2. Cate said, on 07/04/2017 at 10:20 am

    Wonderful detail of those amazing eyes ….

  3. David said, on 07/04/2017 at 10:03 am

    “Sometimes they take off as soon as it occurs to me to take a shot ..” – so true so many times when dealing with nature’s creatures of all kinds. Wonderful photos.

    • Mark said, on 07/04/2017 at 11:04 am

      And sometimes they don’t move no matter what, as if I am invisible. Sometimes …

      Thanks David.

  4. Michael said, on 07/04/2017 at 9:42 am

    A stunning set Mark. Thank you for sharing these fleeting moments.

  5. Michael Griffiths said, on 07/04/2017 at 5:38 am


  6. Graham said, on 07/04/2017 at 5:19 am

    Hi Mark. I hope you can forgive me if my asking is a little tiresome but after the recent sleeping bee, how on earth did you get a fly to pose? 🙂 Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing as always.

    • Mark said, on 07/04/2017 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Graham.

      The sleeping bee was asleep so no mystery there. :-) The fly? Sometimes they just don’t see me, perhaps they are focussed on something or distracted then. Or I just become invisible, the way a tree might be invisible in a forest – no contrast to distinguish it.

      • Graham said, on 07/04/2017 at 11:24 am

        Or do you move incredibly slow when in proximity to flies perhaps? 🙂 Amazing anyway, whatever the reason.

        • Mark said, on 07/04/2017 at 12:50 pm

          That too but not necessarily, plus I use a stick (like a monopod) for stability when the creature is sensitive and in a difficult location to shoot – so I don’t touch its platform and alert it to ‘external’ stimuli. The rundown is here –

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