Nature's Place

My Nature …

… instinctively. A small tree, it was almost out of leaves to eat. At first, undisturbed, they were without the orange display. Relaxed even.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

Once alarmed they just kept producing the orange, enough for it to drip. And their pointed ends, tipped with something else it seems.

Gotta get up close to this stuff, for the viewing pleasure. I didn’t taste it and couldn’t smell it. Maybe other creatures do and can.

It was difficult to find one separated, this one dripped onto itself. Making it less tasty? Who knows without trying it out, or observing.

Little beauty, right? Superb defense mechanism, I suspect, given the circumstances. Such things are proven over time, or discarded.

Walking about the local bush I came across an unusual sight. These are larva similar to that seen alongside the sawfly of a recent post. They have in common their appearance and this raising of their pointy rear end when alarmed but otherwise are of a different kind.

When I touched the stem they were congregating on they raised their rear ends, some quickly blew out that orange liquid and a few just dropped to the ground. I can’t imagine many would-be diners would find their appearance appetizing.

All get defensive, some go passive and some get aggressive, or have the appearance of that. Not unlike people under threat. But unlike ‘many’ people they (mostly) don’t give me any sense of a capacity for self reflection …

the prerequisite to ‘self improvement’, which, after all is done and been, must end in the simplification of being, because everything else (being identified with any thing that dies, and every thing dies) hurts, eventually.

That is not to say there is no animal, big or small, that doesn’t have it – self reflection. It’s a wonderful earth and such a wonder wouldn’t be out of place here …

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



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  1. himanshichauhan221996 said, on 31/08/2017 at 12:56 am


  2. johnwebbsouthcarolina said, on 29/08/2017 at 3:07 pm

    Amazing & Excellent Photography

  3. Fotohabitate said, on 27/08/2017 at 8:09 pm

    Stunning pictures! I love it to see the unbelievable variety of nature. Thanks for showing!

  4. zcoolw said, on 27/08/2017 at 2:12 pm

    Those shots are awsome!

  5. Pete Hillman said, on 26/08/2017 at 1:34 am

    Awsome shots, Mark!

  6. kim blades, writer said, on 25/08/2017 at 11:30 pm

    Great photos of an unusual but absorbing subject.

  7. treesshrubs said, on 25/08/2017 at 9:31 am

    OMGoodness!! At first…not quite revulsion and then amazement that this can be….so complex and strangely beautiful……thankyou

    • Mark said, on 25/08/2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Therese … It’s not quite a dance they perform but as beauty is in the being it is in being some thing too, to some degree or it couldn’t be.

  8. melanieylang said, on 25/08/2017 at 7:41 am

    Goodness, I haven’t thought about sawfly larvae for years, though they were always present in springtime – in clumps stinking of eucalyptus – in certain gumtrees at my childhood home. If my memory serves, their ooze was more yellowy green rather than orange, and they made me think of some horrid creature from the old Doctor Who series and I never grew to liking them, despite generally liking insects.

    • Mark said, on 25/08/2017 at 12:24 pm

      Dr Who had to have its source in our nature somewhere …

  9. autopict said, on 25/08/2017 at 6:20 am

    That’s really fantastic. Not just your picz, but the possibilities of nature itself.

  10. Lissa said, on 25/08/2017 at 5:36 am

    Wow. Incredible captures!

    I am sorry to say I have woken with an upset tummy and these creatures are making it churn a bit more lol. Great shots Mark.

    • Mark said, on 25/08/2017 at 12:21 pm

      Nature can be a little burdensome in the belly.

      Thanks Lissa.

  11. quietwordsite said, on 25/08/2017 at 5:27 am

    Amazing shots & interesting study.

    • Mark said, on 25/08/2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks Helen. Yes, nature is interesting.

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