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Nature Photography Day: Celebrate the Natural World

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Sara enjoys spending time outdoors and hugging trees. She often uses her phone to capture beautiful and/or interesting images she sees.

Flower in the Forest
Flower in the Forest | Source

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

Lake Crescent
Lake Crescent | Source

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

Waterfall
Waterfall | Source

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

Looking Up
Looking Up | Source

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.

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox | Source

Arctic Fox

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

Deer
Deer | Source

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.

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Orlando - Florida

Gatorland
Gatorland | Source

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

Wildflowers
Wildflowers | Source

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

John Muir

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."

Hippo

Hippo
Hippo | Source

Hippopotamus

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

Sunset
Sunset | Source

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

Montana - Big Sky Country
Montana - Big Sky Country | Source

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.

Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rainforest
Hoh Rainforest | Source

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 Trail

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Bald CypressRustling in the breezeChinese PistacheGolden Rain TreeHackberryKentucky CoffeetreeLacebark ElmWestern SoapberryPink flower
Bald Cypress
Bald Cypress
Rustling in the breeze
Rustling in the breeze
Chinese Pistache
Chinese Pistache
Golden Rain Tree
Golden Rain Tree
Hackberry
Hackberry
Kentucky Coffeetree
Kentucky Coffeetree
Lacebark Elm
Lacebark Elm
Western Soapberry
Western Soapberry
Pink flower
Pink flower

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)

Raccoon
Raccoon | Source

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

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    poetryman6969 3 years ago

    Very cool. This reminds be I need to go out and check out some photo blogs.

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    I love both nature and photography, so this sounds like a wonderful day! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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    Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

    @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much : )

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    Rose Jones 5 years ago

    You will definitely be my vote for LOTD for June 15, 2013. What a gorgeous lens. Blessed and linked to my own lens on the Rainforest site as a related lens.

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    Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

    This would be a wonderful day to celebrate! Wonderful scenery and great pictures; makes me appreciate nature all the more! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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    Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

    I missed this great holiday this year. I'll look forward to it next year. This is something I would love to celebrate.

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    orange3 lm 5 years ago

    Awesome photos! It makes me want to get outside and start taking pictures :)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Nothing better than Nature snaps for the Nature photography day. Nature is whole, complete, you don't really need anything else for recreation.

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    cmadden 5 years ago

    Now you've gone and done it! I miss Washington state!

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    Violetta LM 5 years ago

    I enjoyed the pictures of the lovely scenes and animals. I'm pleased to have stopped by to see this extremely nice lens.

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    Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Great photography

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    WriterJanis2 5 years ago

    So many beautiful pictures. Adding to those angel blessings.

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    Deadicated LM 5 years ago

    Cool Lens and Photos! I think any occasion that brings us closer to Nature is cause to celebrate; plus it combines creativity and that makes Nature Photography Day a win win.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    Simply love your Mount Rainier Pictures, gotta get back to that Mountain someday. Great lens, great photos too, I've been taking some of the North Cascades, sharing them here on squidoo too. It has become my favorite place. I am excited to find so many at lensroll, nice.

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    WriterJanis2 5 years ago

    Love all of the stunning pictures.

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    smsr0100451 5 years ago

    Cool lens. Love to go outing.

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    EpicFarms 5 years ago

    I didn't even know there WAS a National Photography Day - cool! Playing with the camera outside is one of my favorite things to do over the summer. So many pretty things to photograph. Nice lens :o)

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    Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

    @bjesparza: Yes, they are all mine, and I will be adding more soon. Thank you so much for visiting my lens : )

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    bjesparza 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all of the photos! Are they all yours?

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    Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

    I like the idea and should take advantage of it more often. Lovely photos.

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    Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

    @anonymous: Thank you so much, and thanks for the blessing - I'm glad you enjoyed my lens : )

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your Nature Photography Day, I kept choosing a favorite photo and then would find another one and then another. I grew up in the forests of northern Minnesota so nature is home to me. I have to say that hippo took me by surprise and made me smile. Congratulations on receiving front page honors for this celebration of nature!

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    savateuse 5 years ago

    Nice lens!

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    Annamadagan 5 years ago

    Great lens. Beautiful photos!

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    kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

    I was out taking photos...thanks!

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    Success_At_School 5 years ago

    Beautiful examples of nature photography.

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    Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

    Wonderful photos. Thanks for taking me outdoors and away from the computer!

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    pawpaw911 5 years ago

    The natural world is sure worth celebrating.

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    Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

    Lovely photos! Every day is a great day to celebrate nature photography!

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    seemarahate 5 years ago

    All great tips.

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    ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

    Lovely lens, nature is a gift! :)

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    wolvyz 5 years ago

    Great photos of nature. I did not know that there was such a day like Nature photography day.

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    dscribbler 5 years ago

    inspiring lens

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    SteveKaye 5 years ago

    Great minds think alike. I enjoyed your article and photos.

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    McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

    Nature is coverall.

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    intermarks 5 years ago

    I enjoy natural and I love all your pictures.

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    Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Love nature pictures and the ones you have here are just lovely.