Nature's Place

Signs Of Life

This young spotted katydid is about 15mm long, tail to nose.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

It is probably a member of a brood currently foraging and surviving in the garden.

They have to be careful of the many spiders taking advantage of the boon of winter wildlife, with their webs cast about.

The shieldbug is doing much the same though differently.

Each kind of creature has it’s own ways of doing things.

Nearly all of them come to the flowers at some point in their lives.

It’s been consistently warmer recently and life as the small creatures is presenting around the garden. It behoves me to get a few pictures as they do, because they are just passing, as am I.

They are only images of signs of life that occur in sense and resolve to sensation. Out of sensation form arises, or re-arises, and falls or dies again. Life cycles here, endlessly.

And behind that is what doesn’t cycle, doesn’t change and always is … What does sensation arise from … nobody knows, the unknowable formless space.

Let go of everything else, form, and there it is, or isn’t … is, isn’t …

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



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  1. Jane Lurie said, on 13/09/2017 at 12:25 pm

    Katydids are so beautiful up close. Wonderful images as always, Mark.

  2. Fotohabitate said, on 19/08/2017 at 8:25 pm

    Oh, I love the katydid! Great picture!

  3. Pete Hillman said, on 18/08/2017 at 10:37 pm

    I always admire your control of your lighting, the taming of your flash. Great photos!

    • Mark said, on 19/08/2017 at 12:44 am

      Thanks Pete.

      Many people put a lot of work into getting the light right before me. We stand on the shoulders of … in all things.

      It all falls into place, eventually. If you look to see, rather than looking to get, it is all the clearer in the end.

  4. Connie Davidson said, on 18/08/2017 at 11:30 am

    These are simply amazing!

    • Mark said, on 18/08/2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Connie. Our amazing nature …

  5. exploringcolour said, on 18/08/2017 at 10:58 am

    Hi Mark! I’m going to do a post soon about colour matching and it would be great if I could include your top photo of the katydid on the yellow and green flower. I’d clearly link back to this post and to your blog home. Is that ok?

  6. quietwordsite said, on 18/08/2017 at 7:38 am

    I like how you notice the details of these little creatures’ lives, & your respect for them.

    • Mark said, on 18/08/2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Helen. It just makes sense to respect what is intrinsic and we depend so much on, our nature.

  7. David Herman said, on 18/08/2017 at 7:21 am

    The ‘Aliens’ amongst us ;-) bugs are beautiful, and you know how to capture them splendidly ! Thanks for these Mark.

    • Mark said, on 18/08/2017 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks David. Perhaps it is we are the aliens amongst them.

  8. michaelwatsonvt said, on 18/08/2017 at 5:20 am

    Great post? What lense are you using for tge macro shots. They are superb.

  9. michaelhornsbyphotography said, on 18/08/2017 at 5:19 am

    Great close ups once again, capturing fantastic detail. Thank you for sharing

  10. Daniel Slagle said, on 18/08/2017 at 5:13 am

    Mark, astonishing detail, also enjoy your work on DP Review

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