The Beauty of Nature - In Photographs and Thoughts
A spider web
Taking photos of nature
Nature offers us one of the best subjects of all. Ever-changing landscapes, flowers and animals and insects in the wild so to speak. There is an endless abundance of what we can photograph.
Take a lot of photos and don't be afraid to get too close or zoom in close. If you are lucky enough to have the time, take pictures in sunlight, rain, night or early morning. Different times of day give you different light and make your pictures prize photos.
The Photographer in all of us
Everyone's a photographer. We take pictures of our families, friends, pets, flowers, gardens, cars, you name it, we photograph it. Some take pictures with cell phones, some with point and shoot cameras and the lucky among us have DSLR cameras. No matter what we use, we take photos. Remember all those birthday party photos? What about the photos at graduation or oh, the weddings. We never miss an event to take a photo.
One of the things we love to take pictures of are flowers and the many other things nature has to offer us. The beauty of nature in photographs is totally up to you and your imagination. The sky's the limit (pardon the pun).
Always have your camera ready because you never know when a good shot will just be there. Sometimes you can look and wait and nothing appeals to your eye. Other times you will see a beautiful sunset or sunrise and think, gee, too bad I don't have my camera.
A bee gathering honey
Beauty of Nature in Thought
I truly believe we feel beauty with our hearts, but nature gives us other opportunities. In nature we are surrounded by beauty, in sight, smell, sound, and if we are lucky we capture it on camera. Do you know how many books or poems have been written about the beauty of nature?
Let's take a quick look at sight, smell and sound;
Sight - Have you ever seen a flock of fireflies weaving in and out of trees and traveling across a lawn looking like so many twinkling Christmas lights?
Smell - Did you ever smell a lavender plant as you walk by and the wind brings the scent right to your nose?
Sound - What about a chorus of bullfrogs croaking their lonesome song back and forth to each other across a pond?
The delicate creations we see and sometimes take for granted, like the spider web, should really give us pause for thought. The spider weaves an intricate web which catches food that the spider can come back later to eat. What an efficient way to catch food! The bee on the other hand travels from flower to flower gathering nectar and in the process pollinates the beautiful flowers he visits. Tiny grains stick to his body and he carries them from flower to flower. What marvelous creatures!
"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." - George Washington Carver
We see the beauty of nature everywhere and if we are smart enough we appreciate it in all it's splendor. The fields lined in sunflowers or the Weeping Willow draping its long branches over an unsuspecting lawn. The mountain backdrop with its hazy halo rising to the sun. Its all there for us to see and appreciate.
"Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Little by little we should learn to appreciate the beauty that nature gives us, the work she has performed. We should slow down to appreciate the beauty of nature.
A robin catching a worm
My Photographs in Nature
I take pictures of everything and everybody. I love to take pictures of things in nature and try to have my camera handy wherever I go. I have a small backyard but it has two small ponds and lots of flowers. I find I have many opportunities right at home.
Then there are the times I'm riding along and I think, wow, that would make a great picture. Sometimes I'm fortunate enough to be able to go back and get that photo but other times the moment is just lost. Another reason to keep your camera handy.
The wonderful thing about digital photography is you can take tons of pictures at no expense. Then, when you have the time you can look through them and delete the photos that are unappealing, or heaven forbid, out of focus. My kids laugh at me because I have so many pictures of flowers but every once in a while I get an exceptional picture I can be really proud of.
My Nature Subjects
A night photo of rain
Of course not all of my photos are beautiful. Even the ones I think are beautiful, others might not. As they say, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but I share some of my photos here to open you up to the possibilities.
You can take nature pictures that will make you stop and think about the abundance of beauty and splendor that is just there for the taking, all we have to do is look at it, appreciate it, and take that photograph!
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Redwoods in Muir Woods
Trees by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
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