Nature's Place

A Watery Grave …

Out of the water and on to a stick, a lifeline for a small but not insignificant thing.

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

Taking her time to adjust and recover from the recent struggle in an alien world of water.

It is always striking there is no sign of personality, no suffering ‘me’, but a natural character of resilience.

Into her preening with a gusto, clear off the water, and anything else may have attached. Invigoration.

Once at ease with me, on my stick, I could move about to get the sky as background. Context helps …

Looking more like an wasp close up … a tiny drop of water still visible under its leathery looking body.

Having a good wipe down of the most important parts, antennae. A far seeing sense …

… not this time.

Out walking the garden where I am for now, Noosa hinterland, I noticed activity on the water’s surface.

A small creature, about 3/4 inch long, and it looks like an ant, or it’s a wasp, with those pointy mandibles.

It was in trouble, there is no way out of the middle of the pool so I gave it a hand. Lent it my stick to climb on.

And it didn’t hesitate, the need to survive overcoming any reaction to the sudden appearance of an alien presence.

Once in place it stopped a while to gather itself, wiping down the water, getting ready to launch back into nature.

No holding on to the experience as an emotional impression, no past to weigh her down, no problem.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look
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*This post is composed on a new computer that hasn’t been optimized for it. Just following established protocols, so differences to my usual may be apparent.

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  1. Cate said, on 25/08/2018 at 1:08 am

    Nice save, Mark!

    • Mark said, on 25/08/2018 at 9:29 am

      I Hear You … Cate.

      She came into my care for a while, why not. Nature is a balm to the psyche, regardless of the intruding world of man made things and thought.

  2. David said, on 24/08/2018 at 12:54 pm

    Excellent post as always. I’ve viewed this post in your site on my PC and this post in WP Reader on both my phone and PC and see no differences from earlier post in format or structure.

    • Mark said, on 24/08/2018 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks David. Good to know the standard settings are working. Another new (used) laptop next week.

  3. Audrey said, on 24/08/2018 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful, as always, Mark. Everyone needs to be rescued every now and then.

    • Mark said, on 24/08/2018 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Audrey. That’s true enough …

  4. Deb said, on 24/08/2018 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful shots once again! She’s a wasp, certain varieties have wingless females. Probably a flower wasp.

    • Mark said, on 24/08/2018 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Deb. It’s good to be accurate. Wasp was the other name that didn’t quite make it from the subconscious to the surface.

  5. puzzleblume said, on 24/08/2018 at 6:11 am

    Great photography of a tiny beeing in touch with you for a moment.

    • Mark said, on 24/08/2018 at 6:54 am

      Thanks P … There is a sweetness to nature, wouldn’t think it with all the ways creatures are maimed and die.

  6. Terra Eri said, on 24/08/2018 at 6:06 am

    Mark THANK YOU for sharing such a beautiful pics…. A close up of real communists…

    • Mark said, on 24/08/2018 at 6:55 am

      Thanks TE… Thank god they don’t live by any ideology though, left or right.

  7. Lissa said, on 24/08/2018 at 5:07 am

    Could be a Queen from the size of the abdomen. Out to start a new colony.

    Where I’m staying we have a swimming pool. I go out two or three times a day to check for drowning insects. Bees often end up in there (no doubt looking for a drink) and spiders and plenty of ants as well. It’s a good feeling when I save one – a bit like the guys on Bondi rescue :) – and a little sad when I find one dead. They might be little lives but I think they’re still important.

    • Mark said, on 24/08/2018 at 6:59 am

      I’m not sure it’s even an ant though. But yes, a queen if it is, surely.

      Looking out for the little ones is as good as any activity in this world. They are important, if mostly undervalued.


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