The Peace and Quiet of Nature Photography

For some people nature photography is going somewhere, taking pictures, and then go back home.

My personal feelings on nature photography and nature in general, people and nature have a special connection that has been forgotten.  Up until around 10,000 years ago humans were hunter-gatherers. We followed the herds and were in tune with nature. However, all of that changed as the last ice age ended.

As the curtains drew closed on the last ice age, the large animals that supports our ancestors died off. A great number of animals even went extinct. Probably as a result of the mass extinctions, our ancestors turned to farming and gardening. Rather than following herds, our ancestors domesticated various animals, such as the goat, sheep, chicken… etc. Rather than foraging for wild edibles, crops were cultivated.

Bee Tree slough on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas

In the grand scheme of human history, we have a hundreds of thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, and 10,000 years of town and city building. In the grand scheme of human history, cities have been around for the blink of an eye. The rest of our history was sent in sparse communities, and as hunter-gatherers.

Nature Photography, Peace and Quiet

As we hustle and bustle through our daily lives it becomes evident we do not take enough time for ourselves. We become obsessed with the news, politics, social networking, the stock market, keeping up with the neighbors… and various other things.

For the most part, we have forgotten where we came from, and we overlook the small things in life.  Where did we come from?  We came from the peace and quiet of nature.  Our ancestors slept under the stars, hunted, foraged, and were part of nature.

Today, we are not part of nature.  We exploit nature and strip the land of its resources.  After we strip and use the land for our greedy purposes, we send the refuse to a trash pile.

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Unlike hunters, people doing nature photography take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints.

We observe the small details:

  • Flowers
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Gators
  • Plant life

For a short period of time we become part of nature, just as our ancestors were a millennia ago.

In Conclusion

Nature photography provides a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.  Get out of the house, get away from the TV, computers and even cell phones.

Only take what is needed for a relaxing day in the wilderness taking pictures.  Listen to the wind blowing through the trees, and relax.