A friend said to me once, “where do you find all these nature reserves and natural bushland areas in the suburbs?”
I replied “it’s not just what you see in the image that makes these photos look like you’re out in the country. It’s the details you leave out. It’s about looking up maps and finding all the marked green belts or public parks, then going there and walking around the area.”
Driving in a car in the suburbs is usually about getting to your destination.
Walking around gives you the opportunity to really see the natural elements along the way.
I’m always looking for birds to photograph, but I’m also looking for my slice of nature (since I don’t have a car to drive to the country or mountains to enjoy the peace and tranquility).
But add in the road, houses and the bus stop into the frame and you realise you’re just in the inner western suburbs of Melbourne.
Living in Nature is all about what you can see and do outdoors, despite living in a town or city.
Living in Nature is not just about looking in any direction in a suburban setting. It’s about seeing the individual details within your urban environment and taking time to hone in on the flora and fauna as individual subjects. Being in nature can be easier than you think. Even a weed or native grass species on a vacant suburban house plot has visual interest (if you open your eyes and really look at the small details).