Nature's Place

Homeless …

A beetle of some kind, the colourful kind, found making its home behind loose bark on a gum tree in the local bush. Just the two of them.

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

Wonderful colours, and they didn’t flee for safety from the light. Content to let what is be without too much ado.

Not built for raising their head up, though eyes are placed to see regardless. Earth intelligence designs its nature.

Free of concern for tomorrow, no worries on this little fellows mind. Beetle just being beetle, without a single thought.

No, not really … These creatures are at home wherever they are found. At home as home can be in these times.

A while back I started looking at alternatives to how I was living. One option was to find a van or campervan and do some travelling.

That didn’t work out for whatever reason and another option was suggested, house sitting, which I wasn’t much taken with at the time.

Well, now I have taken the first steps in a venture into house sitting and it’s … what it is. What can I say, challenging to the familiar …

Still looking for a van too, for its very practical value in this big country, and in case I do some house sitting further afield.

We’ll see … the small creatures don’t mind where they find me. No self reflection to kick off the caring.


Whatever happens, there is always the space it happens in, inside – that’s good. Or there’s the sensation inside – that’s neutral.

And by focussing on this first, the other stays in perspective and returns to original form – whatever that is.

It’s a meditation …

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



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  1. Mike Scir said, on 28/09/2018 at 6:05 pm

    Great pictures, great blog.

  2. kutukamus said, on 19/08/2018 at 11:46 am

    Color-wise, these guys sure have class. :)

  3. treesshrubs said, on 12/08/2018 at 8:42 am

    Love a flamboyant beetle !!
    I have a friend whose life is housesits….she loves it

    • Mark said, on 12/08/2018 at 11:14 am

      This one is restrained compared to some beetle standards.

      Housesits, yes I can see that … familiarity can have a blurring effect on the clarity of mind.

  4. johnsonmd13 said, on 12/08/2018 at 4:00 am

    As the famous biologist J.B.S Haldane said, “All that biology tells us about the nature of God is that he has “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”

    • Mark said, on 12/08/2018 at 6:43 am

      … and a wide ranging palette for colour and detail of the most obscure forms so few ever see. What could be the point of such anonymous beauty? To delight you when you arrive … home.

  5. Roselene said, on 10/08/2018 at 2:02 pm

    The iridescence is always fascinating. And the small details – the hooked feet, lines of indentations, segmented antennae – show up so well in your photos.
    House sitting – a van is a good thing to have, especially if there’s more than a couple of days between bookings. Best wishes with your search

    • Mark said, on 10/08/2018 at 2:19 pm

      Yes, they are naturally beautifully presented, designed and built, and fitting to their function.

      We’ll just see how the sitting goes. Testing the waters right now.

      Thanks Roselene.

  6. Cat said, on 10/08/2018 at 5:17 am

    Nice bugs. I like your reflections, the way they’re looking forward to possibilities. Life is…complicated. It’s less stress to let the unnecessary go, though I tried to find some way to keep my sense of home and familiarity satisfied back in my travelling days. Best wishes!

    • Mark said, on 10/08/2018 at 2:16 pm

      And it’s just an adventure, to see past the old to what’s new.

      Thanks Cat.

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