A few weeks ago, I shared some various images that I came across while I was on deviantART. Well, I’m still finding myself completely sucked into it. I just can’t help it ~ the creative and artistic expression of others is so interesting and amazing to me. It makes me want to tap into my own and see what might be lying dormant there just beneath the surface.
Today I’m in a “nature” sort of mood and have been perusing through deviantART looking at nature photos. It could be because it’s February in Minnesota and I’ve missed being able to be outdoors. Although there are tons of fun and festive things to do outdoors here in the winter, I can’t partake in them because I’m allergic to the cold. And not in a joking way ~ I literally break out in hives and have an asthma attack from the cold. Wait… why do I live here?! 😉 Or maybe it could be because I’ve been feeling down lately and nature always inspires me and makes me feel better.
Either way, feast your eyes on some of these awe inspiring photos of nature…
May as well start with a wintery scene. We haven’t had much snow this year and I’m realizing that I’ve missed it. This photo is so pretty! I find myself looking upward when I take pictures sometimes so I appreciate this shot very much. Mmm beautiful blue skies and frosty tree tops.
Although this wasn’t taken in Minnesota, this next photo depicts a lovely representation of our state ~ “Land of 10,000 lakes.” I’ve been in a canoe on a calm lake at sunset a few times and it’s so very peaceful.
Speaking of sunsets… here’s a glorious one! And I’ve been here! This shot was taken on the Oregon Coast. (Not by me of course, heck I wish!) The first time I ever saw the Pacific Ocean, I wept. I was so moved by the vastness and the sound of it that I was completely overcome with emotion. One of my favorite moments of my life to be certain. ♥
This forest scene was taken in the Redwood National Forest. I’ve been there too! I love being in any forest or wooded area in general, but walking among the gigantic ancient trees in the Redwood Forest had a hushed, reverent, and mystical feeling that was almost tangible.
Some day I dream of seeing the Northern Lights in all of their glory like this. One time many years ago, I did see some wavy hints of green in the northern sky from my kitchen window and started completely freaking out with excitement, but it looked nothing like this. Anything to do with the sky or space always inspires me ~ such an expansive universe we live in!
At first glance in looking at this next photo you may think “wait a minute, this isn’t a nature scene,” and you’re partly correct ~ it’s mainly a photo of the city of Seattle. But then you notice the pretty sky and then you see the mountain in the distance! That’s Mount Rainier and it’s unbelievably wonderful when it makes it’s rare majestic appearance as a part of the city’s skyline ~ like a special surprise! My sister lived in Seattle for about 20 years and I went out there numerous times to visit. Much of the time “the mountain” isn’t visible and as the story goes… it rains a lot there, but the mountain always peeked out, even if for just a few moments, to say hello to me whenever I came there. ♥
And because nature not only includes beautiful landscapes, but also little creatures too, here’s one of my favorites. Hummingbirds have that sense of specialness when they make their appearance too. I always felt like I was witnessing something special when one would visit my feeder. This is an awesome shot.
I took this next photo myself a few summers ago and asked my daughter to edit it just a bit using some special software she has on her computer to add a blurry affect to give it that professional look. I was so thrilled to catch a shot of this brief moment when a delicate Swallowtail butterfly landed on one of my lilacs to sample some nectar as I was drinking my own nectar… I mean coffee, out on the patio one morning.
Even the smallest things in nature are beautiful and inspiring.