There are many ways to interact with the Natural environment, it can be found almost everywhere.
The natural environment does ebb and flow with the various seasons, and there are many climates and variations from steady stable to extreme. Obviously the growing seasons are more active, dynamic, colorful (also autumn) and interesting. There are also optimum conditions for vegetation, plants and trees to grow. Most common conditions are warmth, water, sunlight, nutrients, oxygen.
One way for interacting with the wonders of nature, is by using the hobby of photography.
Capturing quality images of plants and flowers for example. The spring season and the summer is really interesting in the visual Art sense, there are colors, textures, shapes and sizes in the plants, shrubs, trees and flower, and it is on going for many weeks if not months.
If you are a new starter in photography, or maybe you were photographer from the film camera days, then here is a suggestion for what type of camera gear to setup with, and how to start interacting with your camera and the environment. There are hundreds of topics that you can choose from, e.g. plants, flowers, butterflies, bees, bugs, spiders, grass, shrubs, trees, seasons, water, lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, sea, hills, mountains, sky, clouds, storms, rain clouds, sunshine, moonlight, there you have 27 already to get you started, and get inspired and start, Interacting with the wonders of Nature.
If you have ever been a collector, e.g. stamps, coins, butterflies, bird eggs, antiques, or any other hobby, then you know how to get organized, and to have information filing system and overall plan for collecting information from your new project and hobby. Being well organized will make it more productive and enjoyable, whether it is only a small amount of information, and gradually build it over time.
What you need is decent computer, a reasonable well working operating system (Updated), a remote hard-drive for storing your images, over time they build up, and you don’t want to have all your images on your active computer. A camera, a camera bag, memory cards, at least one lens (prefer 2-3), extension tubes (close up photos), and a tripot, that should get your started, motivated to go out to explore the wonders of Nature.
Here is a list of products that you can purchase straight away online from Amazon, the whole caboodle for less than $1000.00 (not including the computer).
The Computer is really important also, it is the other half of the fun in photography.
You can store digital images, edit images, send images to your friends through email, post images on social media sites like Facebook, and other sites. Also take part in sharing your images with the wider world through Picture Gallery sites e.g., creating your own hobby picture gallery on the web. Also by having your own blog, built around your hobby, this is where being organized really helps, and makes your blog content the more interesting.
Here are some computer purchase suggestions, starting from the PC-best rated. They are ready and available for purchase online from Amazon.
There are many brands to choose from:
Also the screen size is something you need to consider.
A Smaller monitor screen size is more convenient when on the road, but not so much fun at home on the desk. Also the desk top computer with a large screen is another option to consider, if your desk top is deep enought. Sizes vary from 13 inch to 22 inch and bigger. I personally use a 17 inch screen, and i would not go any smaller for my photography work. Bigger screen also means you can view more thumbnail size images of the entire gallery. Energy consumption is also something to consider, a bigger screen may use more power, it will if they are equal brand, model and year of production. There are computer monitors that are specially made for professional photography work in mind, true color representation and fine quality details without the jagged pixel edges on images, here are some samples to consider.
The are many ways for Interacting with the wonders of Nature, with the help from the modern technology, it is possible to capture images and impressions from Nature and to take it home, to see and study the details, to learn more about the wonders of Nature.
And finally you may like to have a picture Gallery on the internet.
As a part of Interacting with the wonders of Nature, there are many reasons why photographers should have a picture gallery on the web.
Reason 1. It is a convenient way to store and share your images over the internet, it not mean that it has to have public access/visibility. You may want to make some public, and sone galleries friends only, with a password. Reason 2. It motivates you to make a better effort, to present your pictures in a way that is more creative and interesting. Reason 3. It challenges you to explore and to see the world in a meaningful way, with objective goals to find, seek and capture the moments of time in a graphic image. There is no other more effective way to travel back in time to a memorial moment or a place with such accuracy as a quality digital image. Here is a Photography host that i recommend, it is called Zenfolio.com. Very good quality hosting for anybody, whether just starting out in photography, semi-pro or a seasoned professional photographer. I highly recommend Zenfolio for several reasons, a), they know what they are doing, b), they have a really good attitude for customer service, and c), it is very much affordable for most people.