Nature's Place


Come into my arms … said the spider to the … bee, or whatever edible unlucky enough to come along.

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

Such a lovely coloured flower … will give pollen to fortify and nectar to speed you on your way. … Spider’s gotta eat too.

A magnificent beast … free of any impatience, or willfulness … simply waiting with a sense of being, hungry or to reproduce …

And every now and then she gets up and wanders around her home in the mauve flowering. Being what she is, seeing what she sees.

Always with a touch to her early warning system, trip threads. … A flower, wonderful little home for a crab spider.

This crab spider has family all over this land, little clones of each other, appearing to my un-spider eyes.

After the struggle to survive the summer they are now mature at this time of year and take advantage of the native flowering.

Also called flower spiders, because they make great bases from which to attract a mate and feed, sitting waiting for an unlucky bee.

Ambush preying is a way of life for these little forms of life, they can’t help it, it’s their nature, instinctively.


We do it too, prey, ambush, for some personal advantage perceived. Calculated … Instinctive nature made self conscious.

We people are lucky though, you could say, having potential to see beyond the instinctive.

Through the self made conscious. To the divine … or to divine purpose.

But purpose is not for the herd, an other instinctive manifestation.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. Jonah P said, on 09/05/2023 at 9:20 am

    Thankk you for sharing this

  2. Dee said, on 03/05/2020 at 3:27 am

    Amazing detail…those little black fingertips, so sensitive, touching her trip threads…love your words and photos Mark!

  3. jacqueslebec said, on 03/05/2020 at 3:03 am

    This spider looks a lot like the Vinegaroon found in the California Desert. They spray vinegar smelling liquid.

  4. asel b said, on 02/05/2020 at 11:27 pm

    ‘Come into my arms’🤣did you train that spider for a long time?😅
    I would say only SOME people are lucky…

    • Mark said, on 04/05/2020 at 4:31 pm

      Ha ha … All have the potential, or there’s no justice. And if there’s no justice there’s no point. Some few, in a lifetime or generation, see through the appearance to the invisible, the calm beyond the staccato thinking mind – absence of the usual form, the pressure to engage with the impulsion of id-entity.

  5. kopfundgestalt said, on 02/05/2020 at 8:00 pm

    Especially the last one, with the touch on her own warning system. Also the eyes…they appear as holes.
    In Germany they are called “Krabbenspinne”.
    I watched one for some time on a flower. A bee exactly landed on it without any harm! A hoverfly decided not to got to the flower. I guess the insects know if there is a danger. I also saw that a bee walking around on a flower because the spider was engaged in eating. She even came very close. I guess the bee knew that there was no danger.

    • Mark said, on 04/05/2020 at 4:28 pm

      Instinctive intelligence in action, with room for innovation I suspect.

  6. autopict said, on 02/05/2020 at 7:19 pm

    Last picture the tiny spider is playing a giant harp….
    that’s what a nature concert sounds like …

    • Mark said, on 04/05/2020 at 4:26 pm

      Strings that tell it when to act and when to rest. Notes of a different kind.

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