Nature's Place

Elegant Visitor

If existence is a mirror what could this little beauty symbolise …

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

This little beauty, feeding on another beauty. There is beauty in and behind this fly. It is seen …

… inside. This is a wonderful intricately designed living thing, god made. Just looking to see …

To think there could be the one without the other, the mechanical without the spirit behind …

The whole, of every thing, exists in the space I see it in. Could the space represent a greater reality?

Could it be that simple? Well, I’ll go with simple any day. Though it’s not easy.

Simple is focus on the sensation inside. See how easy that is …

Life comes in all shapes and colours, form. This Drone Fly is one of the more elegant ones. He only comes once a year, early summer, and stays a couple weeks.

I have to be in the garden waiting before he will show up, he only comes if I call him … believe that if you will. He is fearless among his kind.

His way of flying is particular, has a certain quality of control other flies don’t. Beautifully quiet and deliberate.

His colourful dress and sleek form mark him out, uncommon. Particular work goes into his making.

A messenger of high regard amongst the gods, and wears the badge aproud.

If you see him on your travels say hello, he might be there for you.

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



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  1. Abhay Dixit said, on 28/11/2017 at 2:18 am

    just WOW amazing

  2. Lisa said, on 24/11/2017 at 5:17 am

    Your mention of the quality of the flight – “quiet and deliberate” – makes me want to see a video. Perhaps that’s a new project for you. :)

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2017 at 12:53 pm

      To really appreciate its qualities I’d need a military tracking robot to keep up and in focus. Not likely I think …

      The only other way, that isn’t contrived – setup in a lab, is to sit and wait where it ‘might’ land. Could take a year or a decade.

  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 19/11/2017 at 12:06 pm

    I love your photos always, and when you write words, always wise. I so enjoy you and your site. Thank you so much for sharing with us. This fly is just beautiful with all the colors, and the photos are so crisp. Are they carnivorous? Or after the nectar? What is that in the 4th picture. Is it a proboscis or is it something it is eating? So fascinating, Mark!!

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2017 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Mary. I also enjoy that you (and others) drop by.

      I suspect most creatures are omnivorous, they’ll eat what they need when its available. This one here is supping the nectar via that ‘tongue’. Many creatures are equipped to reach into deeper places to feed, and nectar is often in behind the pollen – ‘gotta take the pollen if you want the nectar’, is the average flowers thinking.

  4. Fotohabitate said, on 19/11/2017 at 1:31 am

    Excellent pictures, Marc and very sharp. I ask myself, if you use only a Macro lense alone or additional a Macro conversion lense like Raynox? Or do you crop the pictures? It’s every time a delight for me to see your lilltle world on my big screen! :-) Best wishes Simone

    • Mark said, on 19/11/2017 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Simone.

      All of the above, when necessary to the picture.

      An achromat on a macro lens to get real close (2″ – 4″ working distance) and cropping is a tool in the box when necessary for composition.

      • Fotohabitate said, on 19/11/2017 at 7:05 pm

        Thank you Mark! I bought an achromat because I do not want to crop too much. I will see…

        • Mark said, on 19/11/2017 at 8:32 pm

          Yes, best to just keep it to a minimum.

  5. Graham said, on 18/11/2017 at 5:02 am

    Hi Mark. You’ve shared so many fabulous photographs over time that I sometimes feel spoilt but I think this might be your best yet! The clarity and that deep purple and green colour combination is truly stunning. If it weren’t of a fly I’d suggest hanging it on your wall.

    • Mark said, on 18/11/2017 at 12:17 pm

      HI Graham.

      I don’t know there is a best, maybe some of the bees from a few years back. If I had a wall I’d put some of them up, and I’d have a wall for flies too.

      And …

      • Graham said, on 18/11/2017 at 12:50 pm

        😂 You might need to buy a bigger house…

        • Mark said, on 18/11/2017 at 2:22 pm

          Looks like I’ll just have to make do with nature.

          • Graham said, on 18/11/2017 at 3:26 pm

            Probably a better option anyway. We don’t need huge houses.

            • Mark said, on 18/11/2017 at 8:13 pm

              We don’t need them but they can be useful and enjoyable.

  6. Cate said, on 17/11/2017 at 9:56 pm

    Love the color contrast, and also the close attention and appreciation inherent in your description..

  7. Harry van Gastel said, on 17/11/2017 at 7:02 am

    Don’t look for aliens, they’re here. A planet full of them.
    Try to know them. Try to “communicate”. Hard eh ?
    That’s why they’re called aliens.

    • Mark said, on 17/11/2017 at 12:14 pm

      The notion of ‘alien’ is just a sign we don’t know our own nature.

      They are communicating all the time, in sense, we just don’t see it, being so busy with notions.

  8. Daniel Slagle said, on 17/11/2017 at 5:27 am

    Mark; another great series, always enjoy them; I follow your work on DP Review; thanks for posting

    • Mark said, on 17/11/2017 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Daniel.

      Yes, I don’t post much there any more.

  9. einfachtilda said, on 17/11/2017 at 5:14 am

    Superschöne Makros !!!

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