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What is Nature Photography

Updated on November 10, 2016
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I am a photographer, published artist and writer. I am a makeup artist student, and studying herbs. I love to write and share my view points


Nature Photography is Magic

When you look up the word Magic in any dictionary it will say: Magic is the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good explanation for magic/magick. For me personally, magick goes far beyond that explanation.

This is one of my quotes I say often: “Life is filled with magick, if we allow our eyes to see it.” In today’s very busy world where everything and everyone is always rushing around, always busy with work, and other obligations, a lot of the magic in the world goes by unnoticed and is not appreciated.

Once you slow down and enter a state of relaxation, you will be surprise how much magic you can see around you in the world. Nature and Life has given us so many precious gifts. Whether it is smell, touch, feel or seeing, the beauty around us is there to be experienced.

So to me when I am asked what is Nature Photography, I reply by saying it is all of the precious magic we are given each and everyday when we look outside and see what Nature is offering us.


We are who we are

When I was a little girl and lived in Little Italy in Baltimore, Maryland I would sit outside on the marble steps and watch the clouds move. I remember seeing so many different things it just amazed me. When we moved out of the city and into more of a country area, it was like moving into a different world for me. Have you ever noticed how much beauty is in the clouds and the night sky?

I have always been able to see energies around trees and flowers. The natural waters have always felt alive to me. When you are young and you do not have a full understanding why you see certain things, feel things and sense things that other people do not-often the child is classified as having a good imagination. I suppose I have never lost my imagination even after a half century. Today I have a full explanation why I see what I do, hear what I do and sense what I do.

When I was in my mid-teens, I set out to find answers about myself. Once the answers started to formulate in my mind’s eye, I realized I was born the way I am. Often we are products of our environment (which is true when it involves mundane stuff) but when it comes to spiritual stuff I honestly believe we are born this way.

I was told once by a wise person that we carry a lot of ancient wisdom inside our spirit, and when it is time it will awaken. I know about a lot of different things, things that I was not taught, so I know for a fact that a lot of my knowledge is from other life times and have laid dominate inside my spirit until it was time to be awakened. Nothing will ever be able to convince me otherwise.


Magic to me...

Taking time to watch the clouds form into different shapes is a magic although it may be a different kind. Watching the hummingbirds feed and explore the area is magic. Smelling the enchanted scent of a moonflower when it blooms on the one night it lives, is a beautiful magic.

As you lift a rose to your nose to smell its sweet fragrances and as the velvet texture of its petals brushes against your nose-how could it be anything else but magic. Have you ever really watched a butterfly? The way they flutter their wings and the way they flow with the air current? The velvet texture of their wings that are painted with some of the most beautiful color mixtures you have ever seen. It's all magic.

I use to do a lot of backpacking and day hiking. I have sat on top of mountains and looked out as far as the eyes could see and honestly I felt like my breath was being taken away from the beauty, from the quietness and from the stillness. I sat there in total peace, tranquility and serenity just taking in every second I could of the scene that was in front me.

I can remember day hikes through the woods I use to hike.As I was walking next to the creek with the flowing waters and listening to the sound of the rustling waters-it was all magic! When I smelt the freshness of the air and the purity of it amazed me because of the difference between the air in the forest and the air when it is filled with car fumes-honestly it was very intoxicating to me. Once again every bit of that experience was nothing but pure magic that we are Blessed to be able to experience each and every day.

So in closing, with every fiber of my being, I believe we live in a world that is filled with pure magic, all we have to do is allow ourselves the time to experience it.


Nature's Magic

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful them all.

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      Dawn Gagnon 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Awww I love those photos!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Nature heals the soul! Sharing!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am not sure that I define magic the same way, but there is surely a lot to see in nature and the world around us, including much that is unexplained.

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      mulberry1 8 years ago

      Good reading, enjoyed the videos. My philosophy is not to close my mind to things. I think there is much that many people fail to notice or even be aware of...Our loss. To say something doesn't exist (magic, spirits etc.) is foolish, just because one has not experienced something certainly does mean it doesn't exist or have meaning. I think you're right, people are so busy they haven't spent enough time really examining themselves or what is around them. I think our true life's work is to better understand ourselves and the universe in which we live.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great photos. Nice Hub.

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      AJ 8 years ago

      I was having a bad week last week and then nature showed me a little miracle - it was great. But I wont share it here because I am going to write about it. Lovely photos and you have a great perspective on life!

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      Kimberly Bunch 8 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      Cool! Here's a gift for you:

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      nightbear 8 years ago

      You are so right, we miss so much with our business. Beautiful pictures.