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Nature Photography Day: Celebrate the Natural World
Share Your Love and Appreciation of Mother Nature
It's doesn't receive the kind of attention that the popular holidays get, but June 15th is Nature Photography Day. Introduced by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) in 2006, the day is in support of wildlife and land preservation. It also encourages people to grab a camera and head outdoors to marvel at (and photograph) the beauty all around.
These days, it seems that so many people seldom ever take notice of the trees around them, or take time to put their feet in the grass or their hands in soil, or even smell the flowers. We are all so focused on our cell phones, personal computers and other devices that we are hardly aware of the world around us. Why not use this Earth friendly holiday as an excuse to explore and appreciate the scenery around you?
Crescent Lake - Olympic National Park
It is not necessary to enter the park to view the lake. We've been hiking in Olympic National Park, but this picture was snapped from just off the road, outside of the park. We were able to pull off and walk down to the water to enjoy the view.
Pack Forest - Waterfall
Pack Forest is located in Eatonville, Washington. If you'd like to learn more about it, I've written a blog post chronicling a few of our hiking trips there. It is part of the University of Washington's Center for Sustainable Forestry, and it is a fantastic place to go hiking.
Crystal Mountain - Washington
We got this shot while hiking near Crystal Mountain Resort. This was sort of an impromptu hike; we were driving along just enjoying the scenery, when we decided to pull over and get out to explore one of the many trails leading off from the road. We had to do a bit of climbing, which we weren't really prepared for, but it was fun. This state has an abundance of beautiful parks and trails.
As much as I'd love to tell you we saw this beautiful fox in the wild, this photograph was actually taken on a trip to the zoo. I believe it was Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, if I recall correctly. I added it, because I love the picture, and it fits with the theme of nature photography.
Nisqually River Basin - Yelm, WA
If you are looking for a challenging trail, this is not it. However, it is definitely worth stopping and walking through. We were able to observe some wildlife which included a nutria and this doe, who was close enough that we could have reached out and touched her. (Had we been dumb enough to try). She was just standing out there grazing, and we saw her as we rounded a corner.
Do you regularly spend time outdoors?
Orlando - Florida
This was actually taken inside of Gatorland, a theme park, near Orlando, Florida. We were standing on a bridge, and I just loved the panorama. It's an entertaining place to visit, if you're ever in the neighborhood. Some of the main attractions are live shows, reptile exhibits, and a petting zoo.
Mount Rainier National Park - Ashford, WA
This was summer, and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes can be absolutely horrible in summer, so make sure to bring extra bug spray if you head out there. We saw some foreign tourists who were wearing hats that had bug nets that covered their faces. Until then, we were unaware that such things existed, but we sure wished we had known about them. Bugs aside, camping and hiking are phenomenal out there.
Salmon Jump - Another Hiking Expedition
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
This was another photograph that was taken on a zoo trip. I've never seen a hippo in the wild. Apparently, they can be aggressive, so I can't say that petting one is on my top ten list of life experiences.
Rialto Beach - Port Angeles, WA
This beach features a pebbly shore, a forest, and sea stacks in the water. The sunsets here are absolutely stunning. Camping is allowed on the beach (with a permit). You can collect driftwood to build a fire, just make sure you leave no trace of it.
Montana - Big Sky Country
I don't recall exactly where this was, but we pulled off the highway to take a few photographs. It's easy to see why it's called "big sky country." It looked like that all day, so clear and blue and picture perfect.
This photo was taken on a hike inside Olympic National Park. The rainforest is absolutely enchanting. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the pleasure of walking through.
My 2012 Nature Photography Day Photos - Arbor TrailClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dungeness Bay - Sequim, WA
Bruce shot the video below - I was in the car, out of the rain. It drizzles a lot in this region, except during the summer when it doesn't rain at all. During the rest of the year, it's not uncommon for the skies to be gray for days on end. It's always beautiful, but it can be a bit depressing.
Raccoon (eating the cat's leftovers)
I believe this is a mama raccoon. The family lived in a tree, in a forested area across from our house. At least we assumed that's where they lived, as we frequently saw and heard them moving around up there in the evenings. Occasionally, when we were sitting right there on our front porch, Mama Raccoon would come within a few feet of us to eat the cat's leftovers.
There's Beauty All Around Us
What are you waiting for? You don't have to wait until June to go for a bike ride or take a hiking trip. Grab your phone or camera and get out in the fresh air.
© 2012 Sara Krentz