Nature's Place

Neon Baby

She appeared one day, out of the garden and into the shade where the BBB house is located. Cruising …

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Manoeuvred for some contrast in the background colour. Anything is better revealed by a little contrast.

I saw this BBB emerge from the nest, drop rather. She fell to the ground and tried to fly, eventually away.

After a while I caught the Neon lady in waiting, for a BBB to show her the way, it seemed, to an in-use nest.

Another BBB that didn’t know how to fly straight out of the nest, doing some work on a wing here. He made it too, with a little help.

Waiting by a nest entrance, eventually a BBB came along and entered a different nest. She waited for the BBB to go and entered there.

A little struggler needed a hand to get up high. It’s where they like to start from when there’s difficulty getting airborne.

On the edge, by another nest entrance, she did a lot of waiting. The first Neon didn’t, that I saw anyway. Can’t see everything …

Holding on between efforts, he didn’t recover enough to fly and died in peace on the roof, and not down with the ants that range about.

The Blue Banded Bee house is a hive of activity at different times, cyclical comings and goings. And not just with BBBs.

There are the flies that seem to prey on the bees, chasing them when they approach, and the Neon Cuckoo bee that lays there too.

I wondered when or if a new Neon bee would appear and there she was. I didn’t see her emerge from the BBB house but she is clearly smaller and newer than the last.

And so I waited, for the opportunity to present. They don’t just come and sit for me, it has to be the ‘right’ time, and I have to be ready and present.

New life, it always comes in some form. And the time in between, no time, from whence it comes.

Baby she may be, formidable as her mother all the same.

And it all happens in the space it happens in.

With a clear view, space gives perspective.

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

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  1. Cate said, on 26/01/2019 at 12:58 am

    Captivating images, as always, Mark, and observations that contain overarching wisdom: ” Anything is better revealed by a little contrast.” And the perspective of time and space as they unfold, not always to our order. Good to remember. Thank you!

    • Mark said, on 26/01/2019 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Cate.

      It may not be easy but it is simple.

  2. Dee said, on 25/01/2019 at 7:55 am

    Just wonderful Mark, thank you for beeing there at the right time! Dee

    • Mark said, on 25/01/2019 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Dee. Where else would I bee …


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