Nature's Place

Hidden Jewel …

A very handy tool, the walking/monopod stick. This little thing doesn’t think how lucky she is. A hint of the colour to come.

She just does what she is moved to in the circumstance of being cold and wet. Dry off and warm up.

And so she goes, stretching out those wings, wiping down antennae, what it ‘feels’ it is to do.

For a little variety she wandered off to a nearby leaf and climbed out on the stem, a little exercise.

Showing off her colours, hidden jewel of blue behind the wings and shields to a dangerous world.

Not undamaged, she has lost a leg and chipped a shields edge – see earlier pictures – but undaunted.

My dauntless nature, upside down, out on a limb, no concern beyond the immediacy of being what she is.

A wonderful little creature, of colour and form, of function and action. Broken legs can’t keep her down.

Not today darling, maybe another … And she spread her wings, took to the air and on her way.

A windy day and there’s bound to be something struggling to survive in the swimming pool.
Nature is full of accidents, things or damage happening to creatures and things they wouldn’t go looking for.
This ones accident is my luck, and lucky for this one I was around. Lucky all round today then.
Sometimes you have to go fishing to catch a fish. Or digging to find a jewel.
It’s a metaphor. Hmmm …
© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look

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  1. FlowerAlley said, on 09/09/2018 at 9:04 am

    I wish I were that beautiful!

    • Mark said, on 09/09/2018 at 9:28 am

      At one level beauty is thy nature.

      • FlowerAlley said, on 09/09/2018 at 10:08 am

        Thanks for that reminder.

        • Mark said, on 09/09/2018 at 3:17 pm

          Where is the beauty you see? It’s not ‘out there’. At least not until it’s ‘in here’ first.

          • FlowerAlley said, on 10/09/2018 at 2:38 am

            Wow. Thanks.

            • Mark said, on 10/09/2018 at 5:23 am

              Isn’t it in the order of things, reality is (realised) within first?

              No reality within, no reality without.

              • FlowerAlley said, on 10/09/2018 at 9:38 am

                The insect was super beautiful.
                Thus the name ” jewel.” Marvelously made.

                • Mark said, on 10/09/2018 at 9:55 am

                  Well then, it must come from (be representative of a) place inside that has these attributes. Beautiful and marvellous jewel, sounds like something ‘created’. And then we, as conscious beings, can be responsible for what is realised. No small thing I think.

  2. Margaret Griffin said, on 08/09/2018 at 10:40 pm

    Hi, What a gorgeous beetle – the colours are so vibrant.

    • Mark said, on 09/09/2018 at 9:24 am

      Yes, a little beauty. Inside … where it’s known.

  3. treesshrubs said, on 08/09/2018 at 5:53 pm

    Your post is like viewing an art collection from many different perspectives .. thank you Trees

  4. norasphotos4u said, on 08/09/2018 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful colors and detail!!

  5. macmsue said, on 07/09/2018 at 7:49 pm

    Superb detail.

    • Mark said, on 07/09/2018 at 8:21 pm

      And they come that way … naturally.

  6. okkaren said, on 07/09/2018 at 7:37 pm

    Missing a leg, when you have multiple to get by with; would like us loosing our teeth we still get by.
    Don’t you think?
    Beautiful captures Mark, pleased you help the little one’s experience a little more life.😍

    • Mark said, on 07/09/2018 at 8:21 pm

      They seem to do well enough when missing a limb or two, and never show any sign of self-pity or judgement.

      It’s a pleasure engaging with nature, even the insects.

  7. Fotohabitate said, on 07/09/2018 at 3:48 pm

    Cute jewels…

    • Mark said, on 07/09/2018 at 8:23 pm

      Nature knows no sentiment …

      • Fotohabitate said, on 08/09/2018 at 2:27 am

        I’m part of nature too! :-)

        • Mark said, on 08/09/2018 at 7:34 am

          Ok then, sentiment is a mutation of nature. It only occurs in people who reflect by association – and nearly all people do these days, instead of just seeing the fact, and thereby arrive at an unreal representation of the thing reflected, or reflected on. The trouble is, in this world of polarities, you can’t have cute without horrific. Where there’s one, there’s the seed of the other. And so, unwittingly, and because everything has consequences, we make our own hell on earth.

          Then the question arises, what is it to be responsible for ‘heaven’ on earth.

          Better? :-)

          The trouble is, or comes in, with the self reflective capability we have, that the rest of nature doesn’t have. Naturally, there is a tendency towards the breakdown of things, everything dies so the new can be, and perhaps improve on what has been. There is also a tendency towards equilibrium, where everything (I) is at rest in this apparent constant flux. But, by reflection, we hold to one thing or way more than the other, and there’s nothing more attractive of attention than excitation in the field of perception. So we are attracted to reflecting on the excitement, and there’s nothing more exciting than ‘trouble’ – in all its forms. Equilibrium is not attractive, until we’ve had enough of the excitation, and that’s a long long road.

          And so it is said we are babes in the evolutionary stakes. But we are the only game in town, for now, so we better get it right. And what is right? Perhaps it is to realise the will to focus on equilibrium, no excitation of the ‘good’ (cute) or ‘bad’ (horrible).

          What do you think?

          And if that makes sense then the question must arise; how do I withdraw my attention from identifying with the good and bad, the up and down excitement? It seems impossible.

          Well, there is a way. To take control of what you give your attention to, something more real than the passings of mind … for sure.

          Sensation, pure sensation, is a lifeline through the labyrinth of mind stuff. But only if it’s true for you. :-)

          • Fotohabitate said, on 09/09/2018 at 6:30 pm

            Sorry, Marc, my english knowledge isn’t enough to discuss with you such philosophical things. And also it’s here not the right place for it. Have a nice day.

            • Mark said, on 09/09/2018 at 7:37 pm

              No problem Simone, if it’s not for you it’s not.

              You don’t have to be expert in language to get the idea that the mind of opposites is a troublesome existence and there may be a state of equilibrium beyond it, no up or down. And a way to realise that.

              I don’t think any place is wrong for truth though. If you look closely you’ll see I am always pointing to it here, particularly the truth of sensation that is the basis for the sense the macro imagery is and represents – everybody has it and it works the same for everyone, regardless of culture or language.

              And then there’s gratitude …

  8. infowhyfailedrelationshipcom said, on 07/09/2018 at 10:42 am

    nice post

  9. Lissa said, on 07/09/2018 at 5:19 am

    A little Jewel Beetle of some sort. Lovely :)

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