Nature's Place

Walks On Water

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At the recent housesit in Calvert there was a pool, functional and clean enough. It was the source of many a creature that fell in and struggled for its life on the water’s surface, with no hope of getting out without help. And many were, helped.

During the night it was the same, only fewer were to be found, naturally. One such was this Huntsman spider, or Huntswoman more like, and she was literally walking on water.

So I leaned over, stretching my arm out with the camera, careful not to fall in and join her, while I got a few shots of her in situ before raising her out on my ever ready stick.

I’m pretty sure she wasn’t there by her choice or design. Though she was having no trouble staying afloat she was clearly out of her element, with little control over the direction of her travel.

She wasn’t unhappy to be out, no sign of stress or distress, resting a long while after her ordeal. It takes a lot of energy for land creatures to survive on water, especially water this cold.

And so she lived to hunt another day, I suspect, as she was gone in the morning from the safe place I left her to recover.


I have heard of a man who walked on water. But I think that may have been a metaphor for something else. Even though anything is possible in the psyche, and it all happens in the psyche, I have a different take on water walking.

Long, long ago, in the time of the flood, when the waters (of emotion) were over the head of Man s/he struggled to survive.

But she kept at it and eventually got his head out of the maelstrom.

And so began our water walking efforts.

Or so it seemed …

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



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  1. Nil said, on 05/07/2019 at 8:50 pm

    The wonderful way you get these little beasties keeps on amazing me… And how beautiful they are… My usual connection with them is that they love to bite me in self defense when I’m working in my little jungle (if they get through my skin, that is…) and leave an itchy bump behind. Lucky we don’t have the killing kind… ;-)

    • Mark said, on 06/07/2019 at 8:05 am

      They can be a nuisance all right, requiring due attention. It’s a passing thing though, to their place in nature and the life behind that shines through.

      • Nil said, on 06/07/2019 at 10:23 pm

        It is!… My comment wasn’t meant as a complaint as I love them nevertheless… ;-)

        • Mark said, on 07/07/2019 at 7:01 am

          And mine was just a comment. Or was it. :-)

          Gotta be careful of words on the web, when the mind fills in regardless.

    • kopfundgestalt said, on 12/01/2020 at 9:53 am

      The beauty is only known to people Who get close to them.
      A few days ago i showed a hoverfly on a cactus to a couple. The eyes had six stripes each.

  2. Book Club Mom said, on 05/07/2019 at 10:56 am

    These pictures are so detailed – and enlarged, OMG! This spider is quite beautiful.

  3. Dee said, on 05/07/2019 at 7:09 am

    All your photos are wonderful; it’s like you capture the personality of your subject, especially this charming creature. And your words…combined with the photos, create magic. Thank you Mark, for the privilege of seeing and reading your work, and for brightening my morning.

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