Capturing nature up close fascinates me as much today as it did when I first started photographing the outdoors in my neck of the woods. The nearness amplifies the wonder I have for my subject, whether it’s a wild animal visiting the yard, a flower blooming in the garden or a fungus growing in an old-growth forest.
As a photographer, I’m also fascinated by how these small wonders figure into our human environment…
… especially that of children.
As a preschool teacher, I frequently marvel at how a single earthworm, ladybug or salamander can indefinitely sustain the attention of a group of children. At what point do we lose this curiosity and passion for nature’s small wonders?
Those of us who continue to dig in the dirt or walk among the trees as adults have certainly retained some of this magic. (Do those adults who don’t get up close and personal with the natural world actually know what they’re missing?)
However, there’s hope. Opportunities for discovery are all around us. Even older children will display amazing determination in searching a forest for fungi…
or animal holes in trees.
If children learn more from example than by the written or spoken word, then a few minutes spent outdoors with a child investigating the natural world is sure to have a greater impact than the most beautiful book about nature or even the most informative dialogue on a similar subject.
“Let’s check out what that bunny’s eating out there on the lawn…”
My photographs are only witness to the wonders around me… both in the natural world and in the young eyes of those who are only just beginning to see it for themselves.
This post is in response to Views Infinitum’s Assignment 25: Your Photography Passion
Scott’s challenge is open to all. Submission deadline is Wednesday May 22nd 2013 at midnight (your time zone).
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2013.