Nature's Place


Recovered from the ground, having been knocked about in the watering. Time for a clean up.

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

This restless slow moving fellow, I set him up on the calendula, didn’t seem to mind.

Occasionally stopping with a little colour and background for context, maneuvering for light.

Reaching out to climb on the lens.

Settled for a while.

Let us prey …

Spring has arrived in the southern hemisphere, my Brisbane anyway. Going by the small wildlife in the garden. Sun is up, enough, and the garden gets watered.

All winter we had mozzies and recently they disappeared, more or less. Probably that small plane circling overhead, dusting their nearby mangrove breeding grounds.

Otherwise life forms are burgeoning, sort of, with a few mid sized creatures who had matured elsewhere come visiting.

And then at night it all disappears into the darkness under the stars, and the waning moon.

The frog squeaks his pleasure in the damp dark forest, the garden is still.

Trials of summer heat yet to come. A different pleasure.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer look  … and click again.



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  1. kopfundgestalt said, on 14/12/2019 at 9:02 am

    Really great !!!

  2. The Evolving Naturalist said, on 19/11/2019 at 9:19 am

    Incredible photos. I’ve been doing macro photography for a few years, but I can’t compete with these results. Ah, well, gives me something to aspire to, I guess.

  3. Zezee said, on 24/09/2019 at 10:06 am

    It’s so beautiful.
    But seeing it so close up makes me almost think it’s a toy, lol.
    I appreciate your photos though. I hardly ever take the time to admire these creatures because I’m usually swatting them or running away.

    • Mark said, on 24/09/2019 at 10:06 pm

      It’s a little earth robot in the big earth machine. A machine with spirit, life, intelligence – a bright creativity. The beauty within …

  4. pflanzwas said, on 24/09/2019 at 5:53 am

    What a beauty! And breathtaking pictures Mark! Wonderful. The miracle of life :-)

  5. communistscientist said, on 23/09/2019 at 7:00 pm

    I hate to be that guy, but that’s not a mantis, it’s a lacewing in the Mantispidae family, a striking case of convergent evolution.

    • Mark said, on 23/09/2019 at 11:31 pm

      Ok, I’ll settle for lacewing mantis. The world will press on… :-)

  6. Laura said, on 23/09/2019 at 12:51 am

    Beautiful, Mark! I love praying mantis! :)

    • Mark said, on 23/09/2019 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Laura. What’s not to love … in our wild and wonderful nature.

  7. Reflections of an Untidy Mind said, on 22/09/2019 at 3:22 pm

    Such a gorgeous little beastie, Mark. The colour in the wings is just exquisite. Spectacular photography.
    We have had a preying mantis egg sac over-wintering in our small greenhouse. I am not confident that it will amount to anything but still hoping.

    • Mark said, on 23/09/2019 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Tracy. What presents is as much down to nature.

  8. Linda Latt said, on 22/09/2019 at 8:11 am

    Great images. They are ugly and beautiful all at the same time.

    • Mark said, on 22/09/2019 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Linda, they are … wonderful little creatures.

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