Nature's Place

A Journey …

… in the local bush.

Climbing out of the water of Karingal lake, by the rotting boardwalk. Herald of things to come …

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The ubiquitous black jumping spider, prowls the byways looking to ambush an unwary ant. Usually still enough for a shot when focused on eating, or other primal action.

Long legged bug, congregating on the long sticky grass. Probably feasting on the spring juice rising. Or just congregating, for who knows what – the pleasure of it maybe, or the mating prospects.

Little skink, lizard of a kind, has its home on a man-made structure along with others of its kind. It took a while but in time they accepted my presence as background – short memories, and no immediate threat.

Others of its kind, very social creatures. Took me for a member of the family eventually. In the end there was a lot (10 – 15) of them sitting and moving along the painted post, taking little notice of me as they inspected my hand and climbed around.

Fruit fly, patiently waiting for the prickly pear to grow – probably not. Little oasis that it is, the pear cactus. And those prickles – don’t brush against them – will cause serious discomfort in defense of the realm, the bounty of water it soaks up and retains.

Female Lynx spider, sitting nearby the prickly pear, just being a spider. No problem, a male in hailing distance but in no rush to engage. Spring time is for mating and babies, and eating, in the insect world.

Tiny by comparison, the male Lynx spider sits at a distance to the female. They are often eaten after mating, to feed the progeny. It’s only fair. :-) … Well, no its not, but it’s the way it is.

Tiny flowers abound after the rains, with more rain to come. Often overlooked by the naked eye, as we gloss over so much of nature, they are their own little beauties up close.

A rare find these days, leaf-cutter bees, with habitat disappearing and conditions hostile. These little beauties were a welcome sight towards journeys end. … Resting on dried out grass stems overhanging the dusty disused trail that leads back to water.

Another lover of the prickly pear, a gnat of some kind. Looked like a mozzie, but didn’t act like one. Just as well, for me and the gnat. … The prickly pear is full of water in a parched landscape, no surprise to see so many creatures nearby.

One more flowering beauty. You gotta work for the angle, even though they don’t move around, except in the wind. Something to do with eyesight … failing. :-)

A little acknowledgement helps keep it going. Here, and there.

Nature, the sense of it. The magnificent intelligence behind. Or human nature, intelligence personalised.

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

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  1. Jamiun Micheal said, on 10/11/2021 at 2:07 pm

    awesome work Mark

    • Mark said, on 10/11/2021 at 4:20 pm

      JM, it’s been a long time. Trusting you are well, in volatile times.

  2. pflanzwas said, on 09/11/2021 at 6:58 am

    Wonderful shots. What I like most is the variety of colours in / with all the insects :-) The fruit fly, great!

    • Mark said, on 09/11/2021 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Almuth. Yes, very colourful and varied creatures.

  3. kopfundgestalt said, on 08/11/2021 at 4:39 am

    The gnat i like most 😀

  4. ecopoet said, on 07/11/2021 at 6:06 am

    Agree Mark – a wonderful muse , eco 🌱

  5. Sheila Sondik said, on 07/11/2021 at 5:59 am

    A set full of wonders!

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2021 at 9:27 am

      Little wonders indeed. Thanks Sheila.

  6. ecopoet said, on 07/11/2021 at 5:11 am

    Beautiful photo’s to the eye! , eco

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2021 at 5:37 am

      Thanks Lori. It’s the subject, or object, that makes it – nature’s wizardry or ingenuity – the magnificent intelligence behind.

  7. Laura said, on 07/11/2021 at 12:22 am

    All in one day hike? Fun and beautiful! :)

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2021 at 5:31 am

      Within a few hours of walking, but after a long time (many months) with barely just enough at times to keep coming back. Ce la vie.

      Thanks Laura.

  8. Anonymous said, on 07/11/2021 at 12:15 am

    A gorgeous array of images, Mark! Happy early summer to you, as we move into early winter. (Hoping for much needed snow here in Colorado.)

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2021 at 5:33 am

      Thanks Cate. No doubt the snow will come, but needs change, and the earth is protesting our behaviour.

  9. picpholio said, on 06/11/2021 at 10:46 pm

    Wonderful macro shots, my compliments Mark.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2021 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks Rudi.

      I did a little work … for sure.


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