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Nature's Photo Art by Kathy McGraw

Updated on May 18, 2014

Nature is Like a Canvas

Nature Art and Photography is a way to see and appreciate what we might not see, as well as what we do. It is a way to show appreciation and to share it with others.

Nature is like a canvas with photographers, artists and writers filling it with the color of their subjects. To me there is beauty in even the most common things, many of which we never take the time to appreciate. Photography is a way to capture and share what we ourselves appreciate or love about nature.

The photos I have included here are a small sample of some of Nature's Art, Nature's beauty that is often overlooked. There are even a few links to photo editing sites as I have learned that even photos that don't turn out the way we want can still be used for Digital Art Projects.

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

Yea, I See You Too!

I took the Palm Springs Tram up the mountain to go hiking. Once off the tram, I saw this guy over by a tree. I stood and watched him for a bit, then decided to take his picture.

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

Are You Taking My Picture or the Shell?

In Neah Bay, Washington we were up very early walking on the beach looking for Bald Eagles when I noticed what looked like worms, very big worms, in the sand. I had never seen anything like of course had to get his picture.

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

Yea Go Ahead and Wiggle Your Toes in the Sand!

This one was apparently shy and tried to hide when I got closer. Look closely and you can see the trail he left before hiding under the sand.

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

I'm Getting There!

All things great and small, that is what the snail is. He was on this beautiful rock in a garden where I was taking pictures of some beautiful summer flowers. I love the different textures in this shot of his skin and his shell against the rock.

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

It's not often that city people see fields of artichokes growing, nor ones in bloom. These are in Central California, and I spent hours going to the different fields. Some of the fields the artichokes were in bloom, while the larger picture shows them as they are before harvesting.

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

Look and you will see. This little guy is absolutely beautiful with his orange spikes and black and white body crawling along the asphalt of a parking lot at the lagoon in Carlsbad, California. If we only concentrate on our destination, the lagoon in this case, then we miss out on what is around us. I saw him crawling along the parking lot, and that alone fascinated me, but when I got the shot and blew it up to a larger size it is absolutely stunning!

Nature Art Photography by Kathy McGraw All images copyrighted
Nature Art Photography by Kathy McGraw All images copyrighted

We were planting a Fairy Garden when I saw this guy. I love his colors so took his picture before he went back underground.

Making a Nature Calendar from Your Photos - Easy to Make Wallpaper Calendar from Your Photos

Nature Art and Photography
Nature Art and Photography

This Caterpillar Photo of mine was used in a tutorial on how to make Calendars and Wallpaper

Photo Editing Sites Online - Sites I use for my Photos

There are so many Photo Editing Sites online, but I mostly just use one for basic editing. Often a picture might just need to be re-sized, a drop shadow added to give it a little dimension like the ones here, or maybe add a little contrast. Picnik is my favorite site for this, and it's free. I do have the paid version as it offers some tools that the free one doesn't. But for $25 a year, you can't beat it if you take a lot of photos.

Update: June 2012 Picnik is no longer available, Google bought them. But if you have Google+ and put pictures on there, you will have a lot of the tools that were on the paid version of Picnic. Also the original designers have started a new site called PicMonkey . They are adding new tools all the time.

Photo of Mouse by Kathy McGraw
Photo of Mouse by Kathy McGraw

Somethings we don't want to see even when we do...but they still make for good Photo Op's

Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw
Nature Art and Photography by Kathy McGraw

OK, this kitten isn't really something we might ignore, just wanted to leave you with something cute :)

Do you take pictures of things most people might not see?

Comments Welcomed on these Nature Photos - Let Me Know What You Thought

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    • Craftymarie profile image


      4 years ago

      These are beautiful photographs, Kathy. I really like the snail as I'm quite a fan of those critters and I like making areas in the back yard where they can hang out. The spiky caterpillar is pretty awesome too. You have a great eye for details.

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love photographing small creatures. Enjoyed yours very much!

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      4 years ago

      Kathy, I now you write well. I didn't know you take such great photos as well. I love the mouse and cat photos. :)

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      5 years ago

      I love your photos! I love how people see things in different ways. Great lens. Sending an Angel Blessing your way.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      6 years ago from California

      @Morgannafay: That's not Dorky at all! If we don't see artichokes in the fields, or in books how would we know? And thanks for the compliment.

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      6 years ago

      You take some stunning pictures Kathy, I really loved that artichoke field the best. And this is going to sound dorky, but I never knew they bloomed! Artichoke flowers are sooo beautiful too.

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      Always a pleasure to see your photography, and nature offers us so many possibilities that we need never wonder what to photograph.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      A couple of lensmasters have had good results with gathering creative commons photos on a niche and climbing to Tier one. It would be fun to take pictures of a niche and then build a lens. Your photography is very appealing.

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      7 years ago

      Another amazing collection of photos! I can't resist giving it an April Fools Quest Angel Blessing!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Kathy, you are such a fabulous photographer. Returning to tell you I've featured this on my SquidAngel lens I FINALLY finished -- and lensrolled it.

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      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Love your photography, Kathy. Nature has wonders we too often miss.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This lens is a beautiful work of art from the ordinary, Kathy...very well done. Like you said, we tend to take these little things for granted and not appreciate like we should. Thanks for the reminder and this awesome lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      Definitely a great lens with high quality nature photos! I loved all of them and wait for more!

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      rewards4life info 

      7 years ago

      Some of your photos are pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing, Kathy. =)

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      8 years ago

      This is a wake-up call. Let us be stewards of creation and preserve nature. These are all beautiful. Made me want to appreciate nature even more. Hey, your Tweets were one of the ones I followed from Twitter when I found Squidoo. I have just finished my first Lens and now have great ideas to add thanks to you. Sundae ;-)

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      8 years ago

      YOU have an awesome eye for capturing things that most of us would never see!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      8 years ago from Iowa

      These are really wonderful. I love that you got shots of things that you might not ordinarily notice in real life.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @Mihaela Vrban: Why Thank you :)

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @aishu19: Aysha- :)

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @NarrowPathPubli: LOL...I don;t think I could manage if I only had a webcam :)

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @kimmanleyort: Kim- Thank You!!! Compliments from other Photographers give warm and fuzzy feelings :) Thanks for the blessing also ....

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      8 years ago

      Wow! These are amazing nature photos, Kathy. I especially love the mouse and kitty's eyes. And yes, I love to take pictures of things that most people might not see. ** Blessed **

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      8 years ago from Croatia

      These are awesome! :)

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      8 years ago

      You have amazing nature photographs Kathy!

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @Wednesday-Elf: Pat- Thank you so much...and thank you for the Blessing :)

    • NarrowPathPubli profile image


      8 years ago

      Amazing Photos! I don't have a camera so I'm stuck with my computer webcam lol. I've got some good ones of the cat when he wasn't looking. :P

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Truly outstanding Nature Photos, obviously taken by an expert photographer. The close and detailed views of your 'nature' photos show your attention to detail and the fact that you have a knack for a deep observation of your surroundings. Absolutely excellent job and ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~


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