Nature's Place

Not Another Frog …

First shot available and taken, including dark ordure. Sometimes life just ain’t pretty, or easy.

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

It quickly became apparent this horse fly was for posing, even positioning, gently.

Angles available without too much movement to disturb. A much settled fly.

There happened to be the red nasturtium for background. Nice contrast …

Can’t see what I’ve got til I get it back to the computer. They don’t usually stay for seconds.

In for the detail of the business end of things, what bites, draws blood.

With the warming weather comes a burgeoning of forms from the nearby woods to the long garden.

One in recent days is the horse fly. Usually too busy a fly for me to get any shots of at all.

Then, during one of my frequent visits to the garden, I saw this female at rest.

And went to work … what we do.

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



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  1. kopfundgestalt said, on 07/11/2022 at 6:10 am

    That horsefly looks nice!
    There is no sharp end of it’s apparatus?!

    • Mark said, on 07/11/2022 at 11:14 am

      I think there is. Here’s a couple explanatory pages – and – too much science for me though.

      • kopfundgestalt said, on 08/11/2022 at 12:38 am

        Thank you!

        Just today I read a neurobiological article about the horse fly, such a coincidence.
        There are two circuits in humans: attention and awareness. If you try to film a bird zigzagging, you are so concentrated (attention) that the awareness circuit is nearly down, i.e. you notice a horse fly too late on your own leg.
        So there is no simultaneous circuit in the neurobiological structure, you can only do one or the other basically.

        • Mark said, on 09/11/2022 at 10:36 pm

          Yes, one thing at a time. But with executive function it’s possible to switch frequently and fast enough to ‘scan’ the areas of concern and want, in the field of sense, in a given situation.

  2. picpholio said, on 06/11/2022 at 7:38 pm

    Macro photography realy gives you a completely other view into the world of insects, most people never see. Great photography and thanks for sharing Mark.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2022 at 9:32 pm

      It’s amazing such detail and function of form goes into every thing.

      Thanks Rudi.

  3. Merilee said, on 06/11/2022 at 1:46 pm

    Fantastic colors!

  4. Gabriel... said, on 06/11/2022 at 11:59 am

    Fantastic shots, it’s amazing you didn’t interrupt her sleep.

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2022 at 1:14 pm

      There’s no telling until the approach. Sometimes it seems they can read minds, or eyes, and they’re away as soon as you look at them. Other times they will climb onto an offered finger. Gotta be careful with the bloodsuckers though.

      Thanks Gabriel.

  5. macmsue said, on 06/11/2022 at 11:50 am

    Love the photos, I only realize a Horsefly is around when it stings my leg!

    • Mark said, on 06/11/2022 at 1:11 pm

      The bite is a dead giveaway, isn’t it. :-)

      Thanks Alex & Sue

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