Nature at her best

Oops! I’m a day behind on my A-Z Challenge post for the letter N! I had intended to write it yesterday – honest! As it turns out, I ran out of time. I went to visit one of my dearest friends yesterday morning for breakfast. Arriving at 9am, the idea was breakfast with her and her three children and a bit of house hunting …. fast forward and next thing I know I’m only just arriving back home at 10pm. Long breakfast!

Anyway, moving right along. Instead of doing one of my usual travel snapshots I thought I’d do a more general post highlighting the beauty of nature, from a photographic perspective (similar to my post on Journeys). But first …what is nature?

nature
noun
  • the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
  • the basic or inherent features, character, or qualities of something.

I love the outdoors. And I don’t just mean getting outside and doing things, I mean I like looking at nature. I’m probably not alone in saying that I love sunsets – that dazzlingly stunning light show we are treated to each evening, it just leaves you feeling a sense of awe. Sunrises are often just as beautiful but I’m not a “morning person” so I don’t see as many of those as I’d like! I also have a real fascination with trees, I know … I’m a little odd perhaps πŸ™‚ But ever since I was a child I’ve been drawn to them – their size and shape, their twisted bark and unique shapes … like a fingerprint. And there’s something so appealing to me of the “lone tree” – I find them beautiful. So, I’m going to share a few of my favourite photos of nature … in all her magnificent glory. Well … almost all, I’ve left animal photos out as there’s plenty of those in my posts onΒ Kruger,Β EtoshaΒ andΒ ChobeΒ if you’d like to check them out!

TREES:

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Ta Prohm, Cambodia
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A lone Quiver tree
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Petrified camel thorn trees in Deadvlei
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Solitaire, Namibia …

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PLANTS:

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ROCKS & OCEAN:

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SUNSETS (I have so many sunset shots … I think I’ll need to do a post just on them alone lol):

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OTHER:

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A tiny crab has dug himself a home πŸ™‚
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Fish River Canyon
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Blood moon (2015)

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So, tell me … are you a nature-lover as well? Is there any particular part of nature that you feel yourself drawn too? Are you more at home near the water or desert or woodland? Are you a sunrise or sunset fan? Would you rather oceans or rivers? Vast forests or lone trees? Is there a particular animal you would love to see in their natural element?

 

This post is part of my contribution to theΒ A-Z Challenge for April 2016

ClickΒ hereΒ for a list and links to all my challenge posts!

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25 thoughts on “Nature at her best”

    1. I completely agree! I had a fantastic day, I’m so glad it played out like it did. She’s one of my oldest friends and we hadn’t see each other since before Christmas! I’m glad you liked the photos … I’ve been stuck indoors all day so they’ve been the only bit of nature I’ve seen today myself lol.
      Have a great Sunday!

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  1. Beautiful pictures Kim. I love some of the desert shots especially, so different from the terrain here in Alberta. I’m a City girl, I guess I was raised one. I hated camping in tents with my family and refused to do it after age 16. I’m allergic to everything – grass, mold, pollen and even though allergy meds help I still have trouble with the after a hike. I like to admire nature for a few hours and afternoon and then I’m good lol. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Mandi! I’m a city girl too (from Sydney) but I prefer the isolation of deserts or mountains. I’ve been looking at visiting Canada, I haven’t been there yet (shock horror!!). I have a stack of friends there though, in Calgary and Edmonton but in Toronto and Quebec too. The scenery looks spectacular over there!! I totally relate to the allergy thing too … I get hayfever and I’m an asthmatic so nature can be a nightmare lol πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow Kim, some really stunning photos here. I’m much like you, and feel totally at one in nature. Good for you, spending time with a friend. Have to make the most of our weekends! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Miriam. You’re so right, sometimes I get so caught up in “stuff” I forget to make the most of my weekends (I say stuff because when I look back I’m not entirely sure what was keeping me so occupied!) Hope your family get together was wonderful! πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha it’s so funny you say that! I did hug one of those quiver trees. They’re just so bizarre and with bark like that you just have to touch it.
      Thanks for your support as always, Daisy xo

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. There’s something lovely and tactile about trees.
      That place, with the old car, is amazing. I have quite a few photos from there, as there are lots of old cars scattered around πŸ™‚

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  3. Stunning, Kim! Nature really is awesome πŸ™‚ There’s a massive link between feeling awe when being in nature and happiness levels. You’ve inspired me to start writing a post about it!

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