Nature's Place


They can often be found on these flowers, always producing nectar for the little ones. Though it’s a dangerous passage to such bounty.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

Joining me at the table, a crumb or two to be had from the nearby giant, less dangerous too. As long as she knows her place is not on me.

Sharing a little goodness. Glad to see another who survived the perilous journey? We have much in common, if we could only see.

Happy little ant, no sign of danger about, well fed, just taking it easy. Not a single problem on its little mind, no ruminating on past pain.

After the climb up the sticky stem and something delicious to eat she takes the time for self-cleaning exercises. Intelligent little thing.

Wandering the byways of the wilden green the golden ant takes a morsel to keep it going. Doing what? Living, what else, as an ant.

If we could live as a body, without all the things we think we are, or are not – the notions and potions of mind, we would be doing as well as the ant.

No problem … Could we do better than to be without the madness of mind, as compulsive thinking, anger, fear and wanting?

Is there a ‘we’ can do that? Since ‘we’ presumes any plurality has a hope of ever being free.


In times of difficulty ‘don’t judge the situation’, as a guiding mantra – will keep mind from running rampant.

And be the body as sensation, by focus of attention, through any thought or emotion that tries to rise.

That way what passes passes all the quicker and cleaner. As what passes always does.

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



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  1. caleephotography said, on 16/04/2018 at 2:10 am

    What a beautiful little girl! I’ve never seen any like that before, thanks for sharing.

  2. Fotohabitate said, on 14/04/2018 at 4:39 pm

    I am impressed! I like these fearless ants and I have never seen such a beautiful golden colour! Thanks for sharing!

    • Mark said, on 14/04/2018 at 9:09 pm

      Yes, they are fearless.

      Thanks Simone.

  3. Cate said, on 14/04/2018 at 4:57 am

    Gorgeous. They really ARE golden. The image of the two ants interacting is tender as well as beautiful.

    • Mark said, on 14/04/2018 at 3:57 pm

      They are indeed. Nature is a mirror, mirrors reflect …

  4. Lissa Clayton said, on 13/04/2018 at 5:46 pm

    Incredibly beautiful sculptured and gilded little insects.

  5. David said, on 13/04/2018 at 9:33 am

    Very nice photos. I would think that with those two sets of spines in the back they need to be careful to not squeeze into spaces or they could get caught trying to back out. But then nature has probably already done the necessary things to minimize that.

    • Mark said, on 13/04/2018 at 8:44 pm

      Yes, instinct, and common (insect) sense … an inner sense. An amazing unconscious intelligence.

      Thanks David.

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