Nature's Place

Killer

An assassin stalks the butterfly bush.

Killer of another kind.

All kinds of killers.

The natural way.

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Plague Warrior

Sitting still a while, scoping out her territory. Danger as well as opportunity presents.

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Her favourite diet is ant, large black ones that climb endlessly up and down the power pole.

Alert to the shading of her by my rig, she inspects it from afar – afar to a 1cm long jumping spider.

She lives much of her life in the open on a 10m tall pole that was once a tree, in sunshine or shade.

Wherever the best chance of survival presents, there she’ll be. Chasing down her food, avoiding trouble as she can.

On the thick green power pole by the water treatment plant a warrior does live.

Her daily habit is to patrol up and down, for big ants to eat, while avoiding the tiny ones.

The big ants can be bitten but the small evade her and are tenacious when they get a grip.

She could see the tiny ones coming, in their rapid and erratic apparently aimless runaround.

And was careful to avoid them, jumping this way and that in her effort to stay ahead of trouble.

Trouble, what comes to everybody some time until we learn its nature and get ahead of it.

The natural things have advantage, they don’t confuse the fact with thinking or emotion.

Spiders don’t do it (think) instinctively, never consciously.

And the impossible is always a possibility.

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Face 2 Face

Here’s looking back at ya.

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And down on ya.

From the side of ya.

And up at ya. … Ya is good. … Ya …

The next day I found the stick insect clinging to a beam under the verandah roof.

It was still and didn’t object when I brought it down to return it to different trees.

Where big geckos hang out at night probably wasn’t the best place for sticky.

And a few shots on the way, can’t ignore opportunities coming into autumn.

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The Face …

She was about 8 inches long so I settled for the most intelligent aspect of any creature, the face.

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In the face can be found the primary characteristics of any being. Seeing them/it is the job.

And the job is to negate what gets in the way of seeing what is, the movie pictures of mind.

I was at the waterfront to see the stars while enjoying a walk in the night and was about to leave when a giant stick insect from the trees on the hill above landed on my windscreen.

I didn’t want it to die in the car park so in order to protect it and get a few shots I drove it home, carefully so as not to dislodge it, slowly as it hung on in the wind.

When I got home I loosened it from its grip on the wiper blade and put it on the roof of the car where it wandered a while before I handed it off to a tree.

It was happy to climb on the green, most creatures are happy to get back to their nature.

Maybe because there’s no problem in nature, only in the thinking mind.

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