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The Beauty of Nature - In Photographs and Thoughts

Updated on October 1, 2015
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What better way to preserve our memories than photographs? Mary loves taking pictures and sharing them along with her knowledge about them.

A spider web

A spider web with dinner awaiting.
A spider web with dinner awaiting. | Source

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

Lost among the flowers a lone bee gathers honey.
Lost among the flowers a lone bee gathers honey. | Source

Weeping Willow


Bull Frog

A bullfrog who thinks he's well hidden
A bullfrog who thinks he's well hidden | Source

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 pink dianthus in the early morning.
A pink dianthus in the early morning. | Source

A night photo of rain

It's a little hard to see but if you look to the left of the photo you can see the rain pouring down at night.
It's a little hard to see but if you look to the left of the photo you can see the rain pouring down at night. | Source

Do you take picture of nature?

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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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The bug that only visits once every seventeen years.
The bug that only visits once every seventeen years. | Source

Photos of Nature

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Snow covered branches.Lillies ready to bloom.Spring tulips.A man-made dam after the rain.A butterfly filling up on nectar.Digitalis starting its June bloom.A peaceful, lazy 'creek'.Water winding its way through the woods and creating little water falls.The power of nature in a waterfall.A cardinal in a rose bush.A squirrel eating bird seed.A seagull on the hot sand.Waterlilies.Christmas lights in the snow.
Snow covered branches.
Snow covered branches. | Source
Lillies ready to bloom.
Lillies ready to bloom. | Source
Spring tulips.
Spring tulips. | Source
A man-made dam after the rain.
A man-made dam after the rain. | Source
A butterfly filling up on nectar.
A butterfly filling up on nectar. | Source
Digitalis starting its June bloom.
Digitalis starting its June bloom. | Source
A peaceful, lazy 'creek'.
A peaceful, lazy 'creek'. | Source
Water winding its way through the woods and creating little water falls.
Water winding its way through the woods and creating little water falls. | Source
The power of nature in a waterfall.
The power of nature in a waterfall. | Source
A cardinal in a rose bush.
A cardinal in a rose bush. | Source
A squirrel eating bird seed.
A squirrel eating bird seed. | Source
A seagull on the hot sand.
A seagull on the hot sand. | Source
Waterlilies. | Source
Christmas lights in the snow.
Christmas lights in the snow. | Source

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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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      I am honored by your comment agusfanani. Thank you for reading.

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      3 years ago from Indonesia

      Beautiful Hub. Besides interesting information and enjoyable pictures, I also get lessons how to write a good photography hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome Mary.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Kristen. It was a really fun hub. I appreciate the vote.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Beautiful hub, Mary. Lovely poems and photos to match. Voted up!

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      4 years ago from America

      I did already think about that.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      And I'm sure Moonlake the photos are beautiful! Hey, how about a hub on bugs ;)

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      4 years ago from America

      Looking at your photos again, so nice. I got a new camera this week so I've been working on learning how to use it. It's more complicated than the one I had before. Every bug in the yard has had it's picture taken.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Funny you should say that, if you turn me around in the woods, I'm lost. Same thing in the car. I may get there but a 20 minute ride could take two hours :)

      As long as they don't get too close. Take the $150,00 and run dear girl, these guys are a bit on the rough side to say the least ;)

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well then,you must have been driving because with me in charge of navigation, we'd be desperately lost ..........which brings to mind "search parties".....which in turn ...NY has made the headlines 2 weeks and going strong, GF!! At last report, it keeps getting closer to me. Hell, for $150,000 they can come in for coffee!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      We're not family? Gee, that's probably why you weren't here for Father's Day ;)

      GF you've put the light in these years, cruisin with you has been a highlight for sure! Hugs and blessings, Mary.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York oldie but a goodie. I like reading a hub again after a year or 2...especially the comments! Some things never change, GF. I still think you're great! Your photography is breathtaking!

      Can you believe how long we've been here crusin these streets and sharing with one another? Feels like family!!...Peace, Paula

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Most definitely Sheilamarie. Right now I'm following some robin eggs in a nest in my backyard....future hub!

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      4 years ago from British Columbia

      Such lovely photos, Mary. It is important to always have your camera handy.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Glad you enjoyed poetryman.

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      4 years ago

      Loved the beautiful photos.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the lovely comment Vasantha. It is a joy to take and share photos like these.

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      vasantha T k 

      4 years ago from Bangalore

      Amazing pictures. The seagull, Cardinal, pink dianthus are beautiful. Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Vellur. I am truly touched by your coming back a second time!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful photographs and thoughts to go with it. Enjoyed reading. Voted up.Came to visit again.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      How nice of you Au fait! Those tulips are from bulbs my daughter bought when she was in Holland. I really appreciate your making sure it brings people back here. So glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the votes as well.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      You have some really gorgeous photos here! I have taken the liberty of pinning your photo titled "Spring tulips" to my 'Pink' board and I made sure to put your name on it and your URL. I checked it and clicking on the photo will bring people to this hub.

      Really enjoyed this article and all the beautiful photos. Voted up, beautiful. and pinned!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Camping does bring you closer to nature for sure, it totally surrounds you mperrottet. So glad you enjoyed my hub and totally appreciate the votes and share.

      Ah, Tim, so you're going to change your elective because of me ;) What a boost for my ego (said with a smile) Thanks for the congrats on graduation, she graduated magna cum laude to boot! Have fun with your classes.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Mary. I say awesome. I enjoyed the hub immensely. The photos several time. The video offered a bit of oops! in the sense I meet with a counselor today for a community college and classes. I am going to rethink an elective said with a giggle and thank you. By the way congrats to the lass for graduation.


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      Margaret Perrottet 

      6 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Part of the reason I love to camp is that I get a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature. This is such a beautiful hub, and you sure have a talent for these pictures. They're absolutely wonderful, as is this hub. Voted up, interesting, useful, beautiful and awesome - and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much DDE. Always nice to see you here.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An incredible idea for a hub the beauty of nature is so fascinating and the photos are dead right!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Oh Epi, the comments are nice, well actually lovely, but I must say the hugs and love are more appreciated. Please let Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel know that someone in New York sends hugs their way and of course, one big one for you!

      Oh, and I'm glad you liked my pictures.

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      6 years ago

      My Mary of most marvelous and world class photography and an artist in your own right - this is one of the most beautiful hub presentations I've ever seen and read. You had a survey question here too - do you take pictures of nature? Yes I do everyday in my mind's eye and I am blessed to be living in a spot where I see so much beauty over the lake and around it including my two cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel.

      So yes Mary we are definitely kindred spirits in that sense.

      I am sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs from the three of us at lake erie time canada 11:10am and I will madly and gladly post and link this beautiful work of art to my FB wall for everyone to see, read and admire

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Sueswan, it is interesting to see how many people like to photograph nature! Thanks too for the votes and share!

      Theresa, it doesn't matter whose photos they are, nature photos are so inspiring. Thanks for the share.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What interesting and lovely photographs, and your commentary is just wonderful. It draws the reader in, which all creative works should do. I must have been picking up on your vibes because this morning I decided to compile some nature photographs and write the briefest of poems for each one. Alas, they are not my own photographs. :) Sharing. Theresa

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      6 years ago

      Hi Tillsontitan,

      I love your nature photos. I too love taking pictures of flowers and nature.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Have a good week.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It was hard to choose which of your great hubs to link with aviannovice, so I just decided on the most recent ;)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great work, Mary! Glad to see that you're having so much fun with nature. Thanks for the mention and the link.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Boy is it great to have you back Effer, who else would sing my praises the way you do GF! Along with my "talent" for hubs and pictures, I have a special talent for picking the best people to be my friends!!

      I had a feeling we had a lot in common Martie!

      Thank you Vinaya. I know nature is a true inspiration.

      Thank you Michelle. It is such a joy to find the beauty for photographs.

      So glad you liked it Rajan!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Mary, I truly enjoyed the lovely read and especially the poem by Joyce Kilmer is a treat to read. Lovely pictures.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      A wonderful reminder not to take nature for granted. Thanks for sharing, Mary! And BTW, you are a fantastic photographer.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Inspiration for the arts (music, literature, art) comes from nature. I love taking pictures of landscapes. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photographs. They are beautiful.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      When it comes to shooting pictures of nature all the time, you and I are birds of the same feathers. I agreed all the way with you, tillsontitan :)

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I want to be Tillie, when I grow up!! Now, here's a woman with more damned talent than ten females! It's just not fair......(kidding).....Your "special eye" is amazing, Til! These photographs are as professional as can be!

      She writes as fabulously as great published authors.....Have you seen her spectacular gardens??? planted and cared for with her own two magical hands?.....and then to top it off....She photographs with precision and flair!!......

      Better than all this? She's a HELL of a wonderful woman. I'm honored to call her "MY Friend!".........WAY UP and UABI !!!!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Wow Mohan. I'll have to walk sideways to get through the door after reading your comment ;) Seriously, thank you my friend.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Wow Mary! I am absolutely floored by your photographs- You have such an artists eye for visuals. More than the tools I always think the eye of the photographer and their idea of how to frame and what to take is the essence of good photography. You have got it in spades, baby! what an impressive array of pics here. The hub is a keeper. Awesome!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      How nice to hear Bravewarrior! Thank you for brightening my day in return.

      Oh Kathryn I know what you mean. I still have doubles of photos floating around because I never gave them away or they were the ones in the bunch nobody really wanted. Hope you have a great Friday.

      Thank you for stopping by Elias. The willow tree is truly a beauty of nature.

      Vicki I have the point and shoot too! Its the easiest way to go. Thanks for stopping by.

      Linda, glad you enjoyed my photos through your storm. How nice and fresh it is after the storm has passed.

      Thank you Vellur, I couldn't agree with you more.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great photos and a wonderful write about beauty that we see in so many things. Beauty in nature is God's special gift to us. Great write.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tills...At this time I am enjoying the sounds of a Florida summer storm. Perfect time to view your photos of nature which makes me appreciate living in Florida even more! :)

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      6 years ago

      Very lovely Hub, Mary, and your photos are gorgeous. I love the spiderweb. That is amazing. I have the point and shoot camera, but I really enjoy using it.

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      Elias Zanetti 

      6 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub and beautful photography. The willow tree is certainly my favorite! Many thanks for sharing :)

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      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      I love taking photos of nature. You're right, digital cameras are great, because you can take as many pictures as you want! I used to spend so much money getting film developed, sometimes doubles (so that I could give a copy f some of them away to my family), even if they didn't come out very well.

      These photos are so pretty. Thank you for sharing this article with us. It was a pleasure to read.

      Have a fantastic Thursday!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, I love these photos. You really have the talent to capture the moment, not to mention our hearts! Thanx for brightening the day.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Peg I am at a loss for think you would come back, what a compliment to me! I didn't know Kilmer was only 32 when he died.

      Ah Maria thank you for the lovely words. You are beautiful and an inspiration for so many girlfriend. You light up my hubs ;) Thanks for the wonderful votes.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Talk about beauty, Mary...this is yet another perspective...nature in her very finest. Each one of your photographs is a work of art...what a gift you have, in combination with your expressive and flowing words.

      This is a peaceful place to visit. I will be back. Voted UP and UABI.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Had to come back and revisit these amazing photos. Today I love the Cicada picture and the rainy night one the most. Also the poem by Joyce Kilmer is one of my favorites. Did you know he only lived 32 years?

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      SG, I just thought the poem fit my hub, with the love of nature and its beauty. You don't have to tell me about crazy, I was just out photographing pollywogs! They might wind up in a frog hub. I'll fix the name of the link, I like the new name.

      Oh Made, I bet you have some beautiful pictures. I'm glad I could inspire you in some small way.

      I know what you mean starstream. When I first started using the digital it was weird, but now I can't imagine not having it!

      Miss Olive, it sounds like we are kindred spirits. I enjoy the beauty of nature and it's sensory details. I love my bullfrogs. They are so silly. We were cleaning out the pond yesterday and one kept jumping in and out of the pond while we were cleaning. Thank you for the lovely comment.

      How right you are RTalloni, smell-o-vision can't be far away! Thanks for reading.

      Thank you for the wonderful votes Kim! Always a pleasure to have you visit.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Stellar hub in every way! Voted Up Awesome, Interesting and Beautiful!

      Thank You!

      Best Always,


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      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for nice encouragement to get busy and use the camera with some great examples of your work. Enjoyed the video very much.

      I've been distracted by fragrances when photographing flowers--the one thing a camera can't transmit for us…yet! :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      tillsontitan, sensory details and the beauty within is one of my favorite elements to relish in. Imagery, whether in words or photography, is a form of living art for me, it is organic. I greatly appreciate 'seeing' your thoughts, images and perspective. This hub is far beyond basic photography; it is beautifully done and a great read. Also, thank you for including the poetry, I can feel the praise in the rustling leaves and the branches, so lovely. Personification at its best! I can't say enough about all the wonderful elements this hub stirs, I enjoyed it very much.

      By the way, I LOVE the bullfrog - hehe, he is too cute with his sloppy wet self. :)

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      When I first owned a digital camera it seemed so different to operate. Now I really appreciate all the possibilities it offers to me for nature pictures. You have expressed an interest in the simple beauty of nature all around us which is one of my fondest interests too!

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      Madeleine Salin 

      6 years ago from Finland

      I enjoyed this hub, both in words and pictures. I take pictures all the time. Right now I should find new places for taking pictures in the nature. I have pictures of every tree and flower here where I live, LOL! I loved this hub, and the video is great and it gave me more inpiration to take good pictures. Thank you for writing this, Mary!

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a beautiful hub! I love the poem, it has always been one of my favorites. I love to go for walks with my camera too and many people probably think I am a little crazy when they drive by and I am on my knees taking a picture of a wildflower or a bee. Then I am a little crazy, about nature anyway! Your photographs are wonderful and your hub is so enjoyable. My first "good" photograph was of a frog! Your is excellent! It is hard to choose a favorite, but I really like the frog, the pink dianthus and the water lilies.

      I appreciate the link so much, however, I changed the title of the hub a while back so it would be more "search friendly". The title is now "Nature Photography - Tips for Beginners".

      Voting this up, awesome, sharing and pinning! :)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I know what you mean Mary...the flowers are just so beautiful. Glad you enjoyed and appreciate your vote and share.

      Thank you teaches, now I'm singing too!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You have posted one if my favorite poems. I recite it whenever I see the beauty of a tree. Your words have left me singing and praising God for all creation. Beautiful photos, not just in your eyes either!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I have been photographing my family for years for our family albums, but now that I'm on HP, I take many photos for my Hubs. I enjoy taking shots of my flowers in the garden when they are in bloom, especially the roses.

      Your photos are quite beautiful; I like them all.

      Voted UP and will share all around.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Suzie. There's just so much to photograph. If I was independently wealthy that's what I would do all day, just take pictures. I appreciate the votes, share and pin!

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you so much. Glad you liked my rain picture. I was standing there watching it pour down and thought, could I get a picture of this? Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      All the pictures are amazing--Great share! I love photographs of nature and these are just wonderful. I especially liked the rain in the night picture---the clarity is beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub--Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Beautiful hub in photos and words! Your photos are just stunning, love them all from the snow on the branches to the serene water lily. I miss having a camera so much as I too see things all the time in nature and think"what a great photo that would be". I used to always have it with me and after an accident feel lost without it.

      Beautiful in every way as usual Mary, voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, shared and pinned!!

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      6 years ago from America

      Sorry I meant to say a new puppy takes up time. Just one little guy I couldn't handle more than that. I do have photos of him but he really doesn't like the camera.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad you liked it WND. I started carrying my camera last year and try now not to leave home without it.

      Yes, Faith, God's creations are so full of beauty if we only take the time to look and enjoy. Hope you had a great walk! God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      There is nothing more splendid that God's beautiful creation, no matter how hard man may attempt to recreate such, nothing compares indeed! We are truly blessed to enjoy all the sights and sounds of nature all around, and if we are too busy to do so, then we are missing out of a beautiful part of this short life we have here on this earth!

      Your photos are all beautiful!!! Just gorgeous.

      Now, I am ready to go on a walk and enjoy : )

      Thank you for such a beautiful hub here this day.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago from Alabama

      Gorgeous photos.

      I love that tree poem.

      The robin with the worm is awesome.

      I need to carry my camera more since I miss a lot and my phone camera is not the greatest.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you Bill, usually people tell me to tone down my voice (jokingly said). I am pleased to know my voice is relaxed and comfortable.

      Oh Joe, how nice. I happened to see the robin on the lawn, grabbed my camera and Mr. or Mrs. Robin decided to eat! It is my pleasure to share with you anytime my friend. Aloha.

      Peg, I can't tell you how many pictures I have of bull frogs, I think they're just so cool. I know what you mean about getting film developed. When we went to Ireland I brought back a bag full of film to be developed, and that's not counting what I had developed while I was there. Digital is sooo much easier.

      Glad you liked the waterfall picture Susan. It is from a man-made damn that they are soon going to remove so I wanted a picture to remember it. Don't tell anyone but we used to go parking behind that little damn.

      Thank you so much Grandma Pearl. I just love taking pictures and nature gives me so many opportunities. I just happened to catch that robin in the act. I know you have some great pictures and truly appreciate your votes my friend.

      drbj you have made my day. Me, an artist? Wow. That spider web was strung between the rocks. It was so cool.

      Oh Moonlake, I hope you'll be posting pictures of the puppies! Nothing beats photos of puppies. They definitely carry the cuteness factor.

      Glimmer, the cicadas are all around us but not right by us if you know what I mean. We can hear them but not usually see them. I am certainly not complaining!

      idigwebsites, yes, a point and shoot. Canon PowerShot. It is my dream to one day own a Rebel but in the meantime...thank you for your lovely comment.

      Thank you so much tobusiness, how nice to have my work appreciated.

      Ah, Michael, how wonderful to be an inspiration. I'll be looking for that poem about the weeping willow.

      Well, here's the story Nell, every day for 17 years I went to the same spot (nose growing), nope, it was just that they were there and so was I. Funny, people think me mad as well. So glad you enjoyed and really appreciate your votes.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      You got a cicada? lol! don't tell me you waited 17 years in the same position to catch it! lol! seriously, I love your photos and your perspective on life. Yes I do actually stand there and smell the grass, take note of stuff around me, I do think people think I am slightly mad when I stop to see a bird in a tree, with a look of complete concentration on my face! lol! one of these days I will remember not to suddenly stop in front of someone so they don't walk straight into me! great hub mary, votes all the way!

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Mary .. great hub... I am inspired by your pictures and especially the Weeping Willow.. I love the poem from Joyce Kilmer.

      Hmm I must write a poem about the Weeping Willow.

      Thanks for the inspiration Mary ..!


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This was worth the visit if only for the wonderful poem, but there's so much more.

      Excellent all round, brilliant photos.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Lovin' your photos! Our planet should be preserved so that future generations will enjoy nature's gifts.

      What camera did you use, if you don't mind? If it's just a point-and-shoot then it would be really amazing. :)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      What a lovely relaxing hub. Great photos too. Don't know about you, but the cicadas have not been nearly as bad as they said they would be. I do take a lot of nature photos.

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      6 years ago from America

      I love your photos and I'm getting ready to put some of mine on HubPages if I ever get the time to do it. New puppies take up time. Thanks for sharing, your photos are beautiful. Voted up and Shared.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      There is no question in my mind, Mary, that you have the eye and heart and mind of an artist. Your lovely, creative, inspiring photos prove it.

      Question: That first photo of a lovely spider web - what did the spider fasten it to? All I can see in the photo are rocks and stones. Just wonderin'.

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Mary, I loved the Redwoods! I enjoyed all these gorgeous photos in all weather, lighting conditions and times of day (or night). I would not have thought to attempt to capture rain falling, especially at night. That was very cool.

      My grandfather taught me the poem "Trees" when I was very young. I think it was the first time I became really aware of my natural surroundings, instead of just taking them for granted as children often do. To really look at trees and all that nature has to offer is a gift I gratefully accept.

      How did you get that robin to sit still long enough for a photo op? And those lovely pink dianthus--you are a gal after my own heart! I often stop to admire the intricacies of spider webs, and the way the sunshine highlights different angles of the construction.

      Nature is truly amazing; I'm glad you have captured these special moments. I have learned to grab my camera every time I go outside now! Voted UP++++

      Excellent my friend ;) Pearl

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful pictures! I'm the best photographer but I do enjoy taking photos. My favorites here would have to be your waterfall pictures .... breathtaking.

      Have a great day!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Gorgeous photos. I can't choose just one that I like the most - maybe the bull frog. You're so right about taking our cameras everywhere. Yesterday I actually turned around and went back for mine, just in case. Even when we come to a stop in traffic, I'm taking pictures. Thank goodness for digital photography. I remember taking few shots because a roll of film only had 20 pictures, then it had to be developed, then pick up the results. What a great technology we have now!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Mary!

      What a delight to wake up to and read first thing in my day! You are such a sensuous writer and master photographer. The one with the robin is harder to capture than most people realize...whether or not this one came easily to you, I think this was an excellent digital "capture." Also, the splash of hot pink and fuchsia of the dianthus was just as effective as a first cup of coffee to jolt me out of my early morning stupor. Great job, Mary! Thank you so much for sharing these earthly delights! Aloha big time, Ms. Tillsontitan!


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great pictures, Mary, and your writer's voice is so relaxed and comfortable. Well done. My favorite tree, the willow....loved everything about this hub.



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