Nature's Place

Morning Glory Purple

At first, buried deep in the flower, supping on the nectar. Then caught it as it emerged over the pollen laden stamen.

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Wandering about in the colour and nourishment it didn’t stay still for long. Big pollen grains for good bee work.

My hand is never far from my subject. It came for the warmth that makes a difference in our winter shade.

Balanced on the edge of the petal, not yet ready for flight, it climbed for who knows what – security.

One other of its kind, on the flowering nicotiana, shy of the camera. Gotta be quick to catch these guys.

I put some old sweet potato in the ground and something else grew as well. The garden often does that, mysteries emerging.

This time it is a lovely morning-glory vine, where the passion-fruit vine used to be. A place for vines it would seem.

A few creatures visit it in its window of sunshine on a cold ‘winter’s’ day, taking what nourishment or shelter they can.

It’s the way of the garden, flowers as beacons to passing travellers, oasis of colour and nectar in man’s jungle.

A chance to live a little longer, in complete accord with life’s desire to live and live again.

How we are, how it is, in these magnificent little robotic selves.

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

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  1. akhivar said, on 29/05/2017 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful pics.

  2. Cate said, on 26/05/2017 at 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous, Mark!

  3. Roz said, on 26/05/2017 at 7:22 pm

    Great set of pics of this little creature, wonderful detail.
    And in the last pic, is that a tiny mite where the forewing joins onto the thorax?

    • Mark said, on 27/05/2017 at 12:05 am

      Thanks Roz.

      Yes, two in that area. A hazard of living, everything lives on or off something else.

    • Lissa said, on 27/05/2017 at 6:32 am

      Well spotted (the mite)!

  4. Lissa Clayton said, on 26/05/2017 at 6:40 pm

    Incredible photos. Breathtaking in their detail – those little balls of pollen. Not yet winter btw but not far off :)

    • Mark said, on 26/05/2017 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Lissa.

      It’s relative here, some corners of the garden are cold enough.

  5. standingoutinmyfield said, on 26/05/2017 at 4:49 pm

    I think that may be Megachile rotundata…it is an introduced bee (if I’m right)

  6. zharps said, on 26/05/2017 at 6:18 am

    wow the bee looks so pretty with purple.


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