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