Nature's Place

Wolf …

You can just see a glistening under those huge mouth parts where this one is sucking on crushed breakfast.

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That’s probably why she didn’t run when I opened the door, he was enjoying the days first meal.

And what you’ve eaten needs to be digested, and it takes time and attention, to the sensation of things.

It’s instinctive, they don’t think about it, just feeling the physical need to sit and digest, as long as there’s no danger.

Cause some disturbance in proximity to a digesting spider and she will respond, if only with a raising of the forearms.

More often with a relocation, always ready to take flight. A rapid departure is signature, but depends on conditions.

As with all things, context is important. Express no kind of threat and spider will sit content to be spider sitting.

Demonstrate some form of aggression and you risk the same in return. Or she’ll just disappear in the blink of an eye, literally.

Spider … of another kind.
I opened the door to the garden and there it was, just outside the threshold looking in.
I don’t think the wolf spider is particularly dangerous to people but I can understand why people fear them, and fear spiders in general.
Having seen so many of their kind in action, hunting is primarily what spiders are known for, so fast and deadly, their prey usually end in a massive toxic shock.
Not this time however, there was no prey in sight, I was not it. Though it did appear to be waiting to come in the house, and raised its front legs in defense when I sought to move it from danger.
It was that close to the door and being crushed by it closing. Out of the way on the upturned sole of a shoe was another matter. He, or she, sat a while as I sought a few angles to do the subject visual justice.
Nature, in all its forms, inside and out, is not always an easy encounter for us who are so removed from it by our civilized ways of being.
But as with most things, a little practice of being in the sense of things helps with the difficulty of being in the mind of things.
The sense of a thing, it’s actual characteristics, has no psychological component.
Unless we then attribute such by thinking about it.
Thought and sense, different modes of being.
And then there is another sense …
… of something simply good.
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Hidden Jewel …

A very handy tool, the walking/monopod stick. This little thing doesn’t think how lucky she is. A hint of the colour to come.

She just does what she is moved to in the circumstance of being cold and wet. Dry off and warm up.

And so she goes, stretching out those wings, wiping down antennae, what it ‘feels’ it is to do.

For a little variety she wandered off to a nearby leaf and climbed out on the stem, a little exercise.

Showing off her colours, hidden jewel of blue behind the wings and shields to a dangerous world.

Not undamaged, she has lost a leg and chipped a shields edge – see earlier pictures – but undaunted.

My dauntless nature, upside down, out on a limb, no concern beyond the immediacy of being what she is.

A wonderful little creature, of colour and form, of function and action. Broken legs can’t keep her down.

Not today darling, maybe another … And she spread her wings, took to the air and on her way.

A windy day and there’s bound to be something struggling to survive in the swimming pool.
Nature is full of accidents, things or damage happening to creatures and things they wouldn’t go looking for.
This ones accident is my luck, and lucky for this one I was around. Lucky all round today then.
Sometimes you have to go fishing to catch a fish. Or digging to find a jewel.
It’s a metaphor. Hmmm …
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Saved Again …

Bedraggled, this is what it looks like just after you’re pulled from a watery grave.

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Not too bad looking from the other side. A sign of life in the lift of the antennae, the set of the legs.

Recovered some from the prospect of certain death. Death is always certain, not always imminent.

Getting up … those stag antennae, legs set apart in support of the body’s weight, sitting on a stick.

Getting some nice background. You’d think a captive, so to speak, subject would be easy to manage.

And it usually is for a while, but nothing alive stays still for long, and I don’t use artificial means.

On the move again, time to alter positions and angles to see what presents. Life surprises sometimes.

Almost fully recovered now, getting set for take off. You can usually see it coming, an attitude …

And there you go … a wave as s/he turns away for the great sky beyond, never to be seen again, until … maybe.

Another little marvel from the watery depths.
A wasp maybe … with stag antennae, all the better to detect.
It was barely discernible lying there on the water’s surface, unmoving.
Impossible to tell if it was alive with the unaided eye, so I used the lens, naturally.
And there was signs of life, a little movement, and soon it came back to the way of being … a wasp.
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*Post was prepared early in the week and scheduled to appear here, in the process of swapping computers.

A Watery Grave …

Out of the water and on to a stick, a lifeline for a small but not insignificant thing.

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Taking her time to adjust and recover from the recent struggle in an alien world of water.

It is always striking there is no sign of personality, no suffering ‘me’, but a natural character of resilience.

Into her preening with a gusto, clear off the water, and anything else may have attached. Invigoration.

Once at ease with me, on my stick, I could move about to get the sky as background. Context helps …

Looking more like an wasp close up … a tiny drop of water still visible under its leathery looking body.

Having a good wipe down of the most important parts, antennae. A far seeing sense …

… not this time.

Out walking the garden where I am for now, Noosa hinterland, I noticed activity on the water’s surface.

A small creature, about 3/4 inch long, and it looks like an ant, or it’s a wasp, with those pointy mandibles.

It was in trouble, there is no way out of the middle of the pool so I gave it a hand. Lent it my stick to climb on.

And it didn’t hesitate, the need to survive overcoming any reaction to the sudden appearance of an alien presence.

Once in place it stopped a while to gather itself, wiping down the water, getting ready to launch back into nature.

No holding on to the experience as an emotional impression, no past to weigh her down, no problem.

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*This post is composed on a new computer that hasn’t been optimized for it. Just following established protocols, so differences to my usual may be apparent.

Away …

Fire from the wood, under the sun … as all things here are.

Short and sweet this week.

Will be back … check out the links top right of page.

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The Washing …

Not the prettiest face you ever saw, but she is a beauty. Tireless in her service to our amazing nature.

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I could see no reason for her to be on the ground, no damage or sign of exhaustion. Some things just are.

It took a while for her to steady herself but once up she was inquisitive of her situation, being handled with care.

Raising her up before she fell, time for a shot or two on the way. Quiet little beauty bee, stingless today.

Up on the washing line I had a few clothes. I put her to sit a while and she took to it easy, no worries on her little mind.

Manipulating the cloth for some background and the shot with some detail, she began her cleaning routine.

Wiping down her tongue here, the eyes and antennae get regular attention. Clean and proud is her way.

Careful not to disturb her, my finger the other side of the cloth, shooting from a few inches.

And in the end we take what nature offers. She’s still in charge, despite our best efforts. Trusting intelligence wins out.

Hanging out the washing I noticed movement at my feet. A closer look revealed a honey bee come to rest on the grass. An unusual place for honey bees.

Maybe she was tired from her early morning foraging, just taking a break. More likely she was knocked from the air, as healthy as she looks to be.

After a while I helper her to the jacket I had just hung up, got a few shots and left her to rest, preen and warm up in the sun.

She seemed content to be alive, doing no more than survive as she served her nature, to gather for the hive.

When I came back she was gone. Life moves on, things change, with a little help.

And there’s always some washing to be done.

All’s well in paradise, well enough.

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Homeless …

A beetle of some kind, the colourful kind, found making its home behind loose bark on a gum tree in the local bush. Just the two of them.

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Wonderful colours, and they didn’t flee for safety from the light. Content to let what is be without too much ado.

Not built for raising their head up, though eyes are placed to see regardless. Earth intelligence designs its nature.

Free of concern for tomorrow, no worries on this little fellows mind. Beetle just being beetle, without a single thought.

No, not really … These creatures are at home wherever they are found. At home as home can be in these times.

A while back I started looking at alternatives to how I was living. One option was to find a van or campervan and do some travelling.

That didn’t work out for whatever reason and another option was suggested, house sitting, which I wasn’t much taken with at the time.

Well, now I have taken the first steps in a venture into house sitting and it’s … what it is. What can I say, challenging to the familiar …

Still looking for a van too, for its very practical value in this big country, and in case I do some house sitting further afield.

We’ll see … the small creatures don’t mind where they find me. No self reflection to kick off the caring.

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Whatever happens, there is always the space it happens in, inside – that’s good. Or there’s the sensation inside – that’s neutral.

And by focussing on this first, the other stays in perspective and returns to original form – whatever that is.

It’s a meditation …

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Ugly Duckling …

I didn’t know what to make of it at first, is this the front or rear … or deceptive in survival, eat the tail before the head?

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It becomes apparent … it’s the rear all right, of a not very attractive caterpillar resting out of the sun and wind.

At least, by the look of it, I wouldn’t eat it. Not without someone else testing it first. An unusual creature for sure.

Actually, it does grow on me. It is pretty in a way, an alien life-form sort of way. I wasn’t game to taste it though.

And here is its face coming into view, tucked into its middle. Mother probably loves her, mother Earth for sure.

Mother loves us all … And there are its eyes, bottom left, a few small round black dots – click on it and click again. To see into this wonderful Earth with.

An other passing form, in the simple pleasure of being.

And mind, as form, is stilled in apprehension of sensation.

All begins and ends with peace, of mind …

… realisable space of a spiritual nature.

You just gotta look to see …

… in a practical world.

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Racing Red …

Hello, hello, hello … up close with a wasp the colour of ferocity, or fear.

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I’ve never met a natural creature that was aggressive without cause.

And close to death, or exhausted, they are often least concerned for intruders.

This wasp is clearly not doing her usual, and looks unusual, but still full of life.

Making the effort to raise herself up on the wire. Not her natural habitat at all, but peaceful all the same.

Let go the hard iron to the green grass, she does not give up, regardless of her apparent burden of form.

and black, two colours of danger, or cause for alarm perhaps.

I came across this wasp hanging on for dear life. Clearly it is deformed, the ovipositor and sheath turned about and misaligned, looks like.

But she’s showing no signs of distress for it, just doing her best as she is, as I see it. Getting on with her life as it is.

Then she let go and flew to the grass nearby. So, something she can live with, a part of the perfection nature is.

Despite the flaw we can enjoy the beauty of her. Red body and blue-black wings, sleek form she is.

Wonderful little Earth machine. Still serving in her way, the way of sense.

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