June 15 is Nature Photography Day. NANPA, or North American Nature Photography Association, began this holiday in 2006, “to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.” There are two main ways to celebrate this day – to go out into nature and take pictures of your own or to look up pictures of nature by other photographers. I was tempted to simply fill this blog with beautiful pictures, because there are so many on the Web, but decided that wouldn’t work very well. I do encourage you, however, to check out NANPA’s Website, which has some lovely pictures as well as information about who they are, and how to get involved.
A friend of mine, Bill Burke, posts pictures of Ireland in his blog. Do check it out; his photography is both beautiful and interesting. They aren’t all nature pictures, but Ireland is so stunning, that even town photos are wonderful. He has a real knack for catching the heart of his subject.
An amazing Pacific Northwest photographer is Larry Turner. See his breathtaking nature photography in his gallery online here.
The National Wildlife Fund Page, has more beautiful nature pictures for your delight.
Of course, the National Geographic site is THE place for nature photography. They are currently featuring photos of our national parks. If you would rather see the ocean and sea creatures instead of trees and mountains, they have pictures of those too. Find their Ocean Photo Galleries here.
So look at some photos, or grab your camera or phone and go out and make memories of your own. This is the day to appreciate nature, whether you are seeing mountains, the ocean, or a flower growing in a city sidewalk. They are all beautiful in their own ways.
Quotes about nature
All the works of Nature are Miracles, and nothing makes them appear otherwise but our familiarity with them.–Samuel Butler
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.–John Muir
I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.–J. R. R. Tolkien
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.–Eleanora Duse
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.–Jimmy Carter
Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children…let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money…and once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.–Ansel Adams
Look on this beautiful world, and read the truth in her fair page.–William Cullen Bryant
The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.–Author unknown
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.–John Ruskin
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