The environment is everything that isn’t me
My own ‘natural’ environment is a city. I grew up in London and have lived there most of my adult life too. I enjoy the buzz of city life and the easy access to a wide range of restaurants, museums, galleries and other culture. And I like the convenience of having the essentials such as public transport and shops almost on my doorstep.
I can’t imagine living anywhere that didn’t have these pleasures and conveniences at hand!
But when I travel I like to experience totally different environments. I want to see how others live and be taken out of my comfort zone. So for Tina’s Lens Artists challenge this week I want to explore some very different environments, including the very different animals (and sometimes the people) who live in them.
As I sorted these photos (some of which I know I have shared previously) it struck me that many overlap. We can find water in the desert, areas of open grassland in the jungle. And I realised how many were taken in various national parks and reserves around the world. A reminder that natural environments will only stay that way if we protect and look after them.
As always, a click on any photo will open a slide show.
Seals at Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England
Marine iguana, Espanola, Galápagos Islands
Hermit crab, Cano Island, Costa Rica
Pelican fishing, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Fishermen and egret, Kovalam, Kerala, India
Flamingos and fishermen's cottages, Faro, Portugal
Dunes in the Namib Dessert, with animal tracks
Machuca, a tiny village in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Camels in the Empty Quarter, Oman
A home in Wahiba Sands, Oman
A shop in the Empty Quarter, Oman
Guidelines for desert driving, the Empty Quarter, Oman
In the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Elephants grazing (taken from a small plane), Botswana
Lion family in Chobe National Park, Botswana
A bee on a teasel, Yorkshire, England
Sheep farming in Swaledale, Yorkshire, England
Cloud forest in central Costa Rica
Howler monkeys, Cano Negra Reserve, Costa Rica
Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India
Ranthambore National Park, India
Jungle view at Tikal, Guatemala
Rhino in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Wildflowers in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA
Chipmunk, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA
Guanacos at Laguna Azul, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Deer at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State, USA
In Kamikochi National Park, Japan
Farming in the Himalayan foothills near Pokhara, Nepal
The Putana wetlands in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Ruddy ducks in the Putana wetlands, Atacama Desert, Chile
Turtle at Cano Negra, Reserve Costa Rica
Great Egret on the Rio Nosara, Costa Rica
Red Lechwe in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
On the Somerset Levels, England
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Another great collection. So varied. I grew up in London too, playing around the river and the rervoirs which are now thankfully the WWT wetland centre in Barnes.
I know that wetland centre quite well, it’s not far from us in Ealing. It’s a wonderful patch of nature in the city!
Yes, when in London we stay in Heston now but I love to visit the wetlands.
This is an excellent gallery, each section unique and beautiful.
Thank you so much Ruth 😊
Beautiful all of them, Sarah – you surely are well travelled. And I agree, the variety travel creates is envigorating.
Thank you Ann-Christine, I know you value travelling too 😊 I hope you enjoyed Prague?
So many habitats, so little time. You have sure visited a lot of different environments, Sarah! I liked your grassland collection–especially the one of the lions.
Thanks so much Siobhan – I completely agree with your comment about ‘so little time’. I saw a sign in a cafe in Tirana today, ‘Life is like ice cream, enjoy it before it melts’!
Your coastal photos are beautiful, but I absolutely love the desert photos. Then again … grasslands, jungle, wetlands – they’re all beautiful! Oh, but my favourite-favourite has to be the mountains. You have so many beautiful photos Sarah – thanks for sharing them!
Haha, you sound like me – unable to decide which environment you love best but finally settling on mountains 😃
Aside from your people shots, your animal photos are simply awesome…love those lions, Sarah!
Thank you Teresa 😊 That lion family was wonderful to watch and photograph!
A very nice selection. was that Tikal?
Yes – as per the caption! If I remember rightly it’s the view from Temple 4 🙂
Never boring, Sarah! Those monkeys, just ‘hanging out’ do make me smile.
It’s hard not to smile at monkeys, don’t you think?!
When they smile back, I’m in trouble, Sarah.
Really incredible and beautiful collection of pictures! That was the best geography lesson ever! 🙂
So glad you liked them!
I’m sort of making a return but not able to read for long, so I won’t be leaving many comments on your posts, or your pictures, but rest assured I am enjoying them again. When I’ve worked my way through some more I’ll be in touch, meantime, lovely to find you still posting your marvellous stuff.
Always lovely to have you drop in Mari, but I totally understand that your visits have to be brief and limited 🤗
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Superb photos. Love the action in the photos of the egret with the fishermen, and the lechwe
Thanks so much 😊 That beach in Kerala was full of activity!
And you live in one of the World’s greatest cities, too. Fabulous collection again…
Very true – ‘When a man is tired of London’ and all that!
Beautiful photos of these environments!!
Thank you Nora 😊
Beautiful pictures of nature. I love the boat picture in Kerala. Maggie
Thank you Maggie 😊 That beach was so interesting for photography, much more so than any pretty tourist one!
Nice way to catagorize the different environments. All beautiful!
Thank you Suzanne, so glad you enjoyed these 😃
Beautiful 👍👍👍 And I am like you and maybe because of the age, I now prefer comfort when travelling.
I don’t mind a bit of discomfort during the day but I want a decent room and comfortable bed – and good food!
Enjoyed the way you broke these out Sarah, interesting to think of Mother Earth that way. Some beautiful creatures beautifully captured. Enjoy them all! For a city girl you sure have enjoyed some remote travels!
Thank you Tina 😊 This break down of environments was the first thing I thought of when I saw your theme! I love the contrasts that travelling gives me 😃
Just a perfect collection of gorgeous shots, Sarah! I always enjoy seeing your photos and travels.
Thank you so much 😃 I’m curious who you are, as this has come up as anonymous.
Great selections, from ’round the world!
Thanks John 😊
Such beautiful photos Sarah and good descriptions of all types of environments. I’m drawn to the beach ones the most.
As much as I travel I’m always happy to get home.
Thank you Alison 😊 I love the sea but would choose mountains or desert landscapes over the coast, most of the time!
Yes I do like green hills and mountains that’s what was so good about Hong Kong
Wow! A whole David Attenborough series in a single blog post! Like you, I’ve very bad at coming home from trips. It takes me days to reconcile myself to being home, despite being happy here. And it’s your mountain shots that call to me the loudest.
Yes, that’s exactly it. I love living here and wouldn’t want to travel full time, but I hate that flat feeling at the end of a trip!
Quite. I’ve never done ‘East, west, home’s best’.
Funny story. When I was a kid I had an autograph book and asked my grandmother, when she came to stay with us, to write in it. She wrote ‘East, West, home is best. My mother was not amused, given that Gran (Dad’s mother, needless to say) was our guest at the time!
Haha! Tact not her strong point? 😉
What a delightful post, Sarah.
Thanks so much Pat 😀
Gosh Sarah you have been to so many places and you have such wonderful photos too. I think you’ll find though that they are seals at Blakeney Point not sea lions. Grey and Common seals. Do you ever visit other cities (other than Paris) on your travels or do you prefer something different?
Oh of course they are seals Jude – I’ll change that ASAP. Thank you 😊 And yes, we do visit cities. New York is a favourite that we’ve been to several times. In Colombia we went to Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. In Nepal to Kathmandu. And so on. And we enjoy a European city break. Last year it was Sofia and next weekend we’re off to Tirana!
Like yourself Sarah, I love having everything to hand so can’t imagine living far from a city but isn’t it wonderful to be able to travel and see so much –
I agree – the best of both worlds! And I should have mentioned that we’re only 20 minutes from Heathrow for a quick getaway and painless return 😃
You can reach SO many places directly from Heathrow….
Love those a galleries, wonderful images, as ever, Sarah
Thank you Sue 😊
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Sarah, I love this very thoughtful post and the beautiful images you have chosen to show how important each of these different environments are.
Thank you so much 😊
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Thanks so much, glad you liked them 😊
Fantastic images of many environments Sarah! But, I bet it’s nice to come home to your city life.
Thank you Anne 😊 As much as I love living where I do, I rarely want to come home from a trip!