Nature's Place

Natural Thing

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The eyes have it.

And the ears.

As I got out of the car I noticed movement in the grass about 20m away. As I looked to see what it was it stopped still and slowly sank to the ground as, I suspect, it registered eyes on it.

Water dragon, much like the last one only smaller, winter time thinner. But just as placid, made no move to run, no suggestion of attack. Up close s/he was positively relaxed.

Male or female, it doesn’t really matter to the sense of things. Only in consideration of other matters that really don’t matter here.

The fact is it is a wild, savage creature. Surviving on the edge of civilization and behaving with instinctive integrity, being.

All creatures have it, the absence of that self-consciousness that signifies ‘trouble’ in people – an emotional cunning.

It’s what attracts us to nature, the innocence, an honest engagement with natural intelligence in uncivilized form.

You always know where you stand with nature, no double think.

No thinking at all.

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

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  1. exploringmycalifornia said, on 17/06/2019 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful close-up photos.

  2. Dani Lloyd-Prichard said, on 17/06/2019 at 10:54 am

    Visual therapy to slow and behold…perfect!

    • Mark said, on 17/06/2019 at 12:40 pm

      Yes, what we acknowledge ‘outside’ has an effect ‘inside’. Though one is really the other, oscillating …

      Thanks Dani.

  3. Jane Lurie said, on 15/06/2019 at 7:45 am

    Incredible, Mark. The details and colors…and the eye. Woah! Nature is marvelous. 🤗

    • Mark said, on 15/06/2019 at 1:36 pm

      Yes, the marvels that come out of nature, our nature.

      Thanks Jane.

  4. minkreativitetsblog said, on 14/06/2019 at 11:14 pm

    Lovely

  5. Nuno França - Photography said, on 14/06/2019 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful! :)

  6. niasunset said, on 14/06/2019 at 4:45 pm

    Oh My Goodness!

  7. Harry van Gastel said, on 14/06/2019 at 3:44 pm

    In the eyes of all “your” creatures : your respect and love for them.

    • Mark said, on 14/06/2019 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Harry. That is of course the impersonal ‘you’. :-)

  8. David Herman said, on 14/06/2019 at 12:09 pm

    `WOW … as always

  9. Cate said, on 14/06/2019 at 11:21 am

    What a cool critter! I appreciate your reflection too, about the innocence and honesty — the authenticity — of the natural world compared to the manmade.

    • Mark said, on 14/06/2019 at 1:57 pm

      Yes, authentic … Good word for it.

      Thanks Cate.

  10. Michael Scandling said, on 14/06/2019 at 8:30 am

    The eyes have it. Stunning.

    • Mark said, on 14/06/2019 at 1:59 pm

      Do you see … there’s nothing in there. Nothing to see to name.


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