Nature's Place

A Few Pictures More …

Hooded monk – looks like – beetle, on the butterfly bush against the red nasturtium. What big eyes, to see in the dark.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

Long tongued fly, for reaching into those deep flowers. Looking a little aged after a long day harvesting sunflower pollen.

Caught out in the rain, this little shovel headed beetle, I raised him up. In my hand will dig into the shadows, strong as a dray horse.

A wasp, I think, only found twice after the rain and wind forced her to land for the duration. Lovely blue in the black.

My old favourite, orange tail resin bee. She’s finishing off her nest and the cycle begins once more. They are doing well this year.

Drone fly, came and went, as is the way of nature. Nothing stays the same for long. Keep up by unloading the expectations.

Wasp, taking a break after being rescued from the watering can. She recovered quick enough and was away on the breeze.

Have you ever seen a cockroach die a natural death? On their back, legs still ‘running’, they are unable to right themselves again. To all appearances done for, but they never give up. That’s nature, instinctively.

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



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  1. Emily Scott said, on 31/12/2017 at 5:24 am

    The shovel headed beetle really touched me, I felt the connection you shared with it.

    • Mark said, on 31/12/2017 at 4:47 pm

      The garden is a battlefield of activity with creatures dying and born all the time, with not a whit of sadness or anger to be seen anywhere, each sticking to its own set course. It’s this absence of the ‘fruits’ of self reflection – wilful emotionalism – there is a connection to. The innocence of nature, albeit apparently savage. There is no trouble in paradise, it’s only in Man’s mind.

  2. minkreativitetsblog said, on 30/12/2017 at 2:42 am

    I always love your pictures

  3. jebusandandrea said, on 29/12/2017 at 7:10 am

    Wow, these are incredible bug shots!

    • Mark said, on 29/12/2017 at 4:23 pm

      … of incredible bugs. Couldn’t do it without them.

  4. Zezee said, on 29/12/2017 at 6:13 am

    Love that pic of the wasp (the last one). It’s so striking! And it looks a bit mechanical too.
    Totally love your photos though, you bring a beauty and elegance and appreciation to these creatures that I scream and run from while flailing my arms in unnecessary fear.

    • Mark said, on 29/12/2017 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks Zezee. They are mechanical, made up of parts with various functions and held together by life in the form of instinct. Marvellous stuff.

  5. Lissa Clayton said, on 29/12/2017 at 5:19 am

    Incredible variety of shots again Mark. Love the happy looking little fly covered in pollen. Many people think “dirty house fly” when they think of flys (flies?) but they are pollinators too.

    • Mark said, on 29/12/2017 at 4:26 pm

      It’s not easy seeing through the ‘civilised’ prejudice against nature but it is possible. And then there is sense …

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