16 Apr 2011

N is for Nature.

Like many people, I have a complicated relationship with Nature.

I love being outdoors, surrounded by lush foliage, flowers and trees
- yet I choose to live in a city, because I like all the options and opportunities it has to offer.

Walking along a rugged coastline and hearing waves pound against the rocks under my feet, calms me down (not an easy job, I can assure you)
- yet I spend a large part of my weekends and holidays indoors, writing, blogging, reading or catching up with friends.

I know I am part of nature. I live and breathe because of the world around me
- yet so often I focus on boundaries, walls and differences.

In the middle of my have-tos and want-tos, I wanted to take a moment to stand still and remind myself of the beauty that can be found in nature.

So I've spent most of the afternoon out in the garden and made a moss carpet for the bathroom (more about that later). Then I've come in to go through my travel photographs and pick a few of my favourite nature shots to share.

Borders, Scotland. 2007.

Mount Rainier, USA. October 2004.

Mount Rainier National Park, USA. October 2004.

Norway, July 2009.

Olympic National Park, USA. February 2009.

Champagne region, France. July 2009.

Borders, Scotland. July 2006.

Botassart, Belgium. March 2005.

Samaria Gorge, Crete. July 2005.

Neuschwanstein, Germany. July 2008.

Now I'm off to the garden again to enjoy the rest of today's sunshine. Have a great weekend!

What kind of relationship do you have with Nature?
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  1. What great shots. Let's go outside.

  2. Such lovely shots....made me want to go to those places. Esp love the shot of the trees at Mount Rainer. Giddy and gorgeous.

  3. Great weekend post. Wow, you've done a lot of traveling. All of those are beautiful places. But, yeah, sometimes the garden works too. Enjoy your outdoor time. :)

  4. i love nature and am so glad i'll be able to get to it more easily once i move. i have quotes up about nature today (and i don't remember if you stopped by yet or not.)

  5. i forgot to say those are beautiful pictures.

  6. I love nature too but right now it's pouring so I can't really enjoy it unless I want to get wet... Which I don't. =(

  7. It may be a coincidence but I've just put up a non A-Z post featuring trees. You have some great photos here.

  8. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. It's great to see so many people here who appreciate nature and its beauty.

    I wish you all a sunny weekend and the opportunity to spend some quality time outdoors! :-)

  9. Oh lovely, simply lovely! I've been spending time outside weeding and trimming plants. Spring, a favorite time of year. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. you have some grat pictures there! makes me want to go outside

  11. Amazing photos, KC. I've been to Scotland, but not Borders. Fell in love with the land and the people. Seen Mt. Rainier, and Neuschwanstein in Germany. But never been to Norway. Would love to someday. Nature and I are good friends. It always restores me and feeds my soul.

  12. YOur photos make me want to travel more. Unfortunately that is difficult right now but who knows? Maybe in the future. I love the first picture of the flowers. Working in the yard in my garden always makes me feel revived.

  13. @Bish: yes, it's weeding time here as well :-)

    @baygirl: have fun outside, around your beautiful bay :-)

    @Karen: I love Scotland as well. Actually, I've never been to a country I didn't like. Each of them different and interesting in its own way. :-)

    @Jeanne: Hopefully :-) The flower picture was taken in our front garden yesterday. It'll only look like that for a few days, so I just had to take a picture. :-)


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