Nature's Place

Curiouser and Curiouser …

A magnificent little cone, facing away from possible danger, extruded by some crafty creature. No doubt to shelter its young while it developed and give it a flying start when ready.

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

Look, nothing up my sleeve … It appears vacant, or vacated, youngster already flown the coop perhaps.

But what’s this, signs of life, movement, of tiny antennae at the entrance. Hmmm, what next may be …

And thar she blows, head full out to check for danger, a little sniff of the air to satisfy the senses all is well.

And away she goes, down the cone in search of her new life, a new home. Her squatting days done, for now.

And she pauses at the tail. Is there somebody, or something left behind? I don’t think so, time to be on her way.

Yes, done here, nothing left to do or see. Time for a new life, into the unknown, perilous life to be.

But what is peril to the one that measures such, is just the natural way of things for this little flying creature. Life … and death.

Was walking around the water treatment plant and noticed this white cone on a branch.

Could see it was open at the wide end and obviously a home to some creature, probably long gone.

Well, I thought I’d take a few shots, just for the curiosity of the structure, a home where no home should be.

While I was composing and focussing I noticed some movement at the opening, and then it was gone.

Wasn’t sure I had actually seen anything but it appeared again and tentatively, looking this way and that …

… set off back down the cone. And so I followed, until I couldn’t, and she was gone.

A little form of mystical nature, every single part making its mark.

Will we miss it when it’s gone? Probably not …

… in light of the new.

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



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  1. sarablogger76 said, on 07/07/2018 at 10:39 pm

    buu :(

  2. Drhoz said, on 07/07/2018 at 10:19 am

    Tube Spittlebug tube, occupied by a passing thrips, probably Idolothrips sp.

    • Mark said, on 07/07/2018 at 12:36 pm

      That may be technically correct. Thanks …

  3. Lissa Clayton said, on 06/07/2018 at 11:22 am

    Fascinating structure. I tried to ID it without any success. I would love to know what built this if anyone does know.

    • Mark said, on 06/07/2018 at 6:40 pm

      See Deb’s comment. And this Froghopper Nymph

      Lissa. I will probably be doing a post for regular meditation sessions soon, if you are still interested. You’ll get the regular notice anyway, but if you want to get a head start just mail me and we’ll work out a time (and place).

      • Lissa Clayton said, on 07/07/2018 at 6:03 am

        Thanks Mark. I will look out for the notice.

        My circumstances have changed and I now live on Bribie so probably a bit of a distance to your place, from memory you’re over the Gateway, but we’ll see. Most things are available on the island these days which would make sourcing local (cost of fuel etc) sensible.

        • Mark said, on 07/07/2018 at 7:23 am

          Yes, Vic Pt is a long way from Bribie. Have to be practical, what present circumstances support.

  4. Deb said, on 06/07/2018 at 8:52 am

    Oooh, nice, a Lerp made by a froghopper nymph I think (from memory) and the thrips just checking it out!

    • Mark said, on 06/07/2018 at 6:33 pm

      Handy being able to extrude your children’s house.

      Just saw your latest here – – Woodgate, Qld looks like a good place for bugs. Is it any good for people in a van?

      • Deb said, on 13/07/2018 at 7:52 am

        There is a caravan park and the pub has a few powered and unpowered sites. I think there is free unpowered camping near the Community Centre where there are showers too but am not sure if that’s still a thing. Lots of National Park around, it’s a fantastic spot!

        • Mark said, on 13/07/2018 at 2:55 pm

          Next time I’m up that way I’ll check it out.

          Thanks Deb.

  5. Tammie said, on 06/07/2018 at 8:10 am

    Such a wonderful find and structure. I enjoyed seeing your photos and considering how it came to be. Seems so many homes get used over and over again by other critters over time.

    • Mark said, on 06/07/2018 at 6:26 pm

      They do, don’t they … every little nook and cranny is home to something sometime.

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