September 5, 2015
A relationship with Nature.
This morning I received this e-mail from my Dad, who knows my love for nature and photography, with a link to this amazing website that I have never heard about: AirPano!
He sent me the link of one of the over 200 famous locations of our planet – Iguasu Falls, Argentina-Brazil 360° Aerial Panoramas – (In 2011, Iguazu Falls was announced as one of the winners of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature.”), where I have never been, even being originally from Brazil.
AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. It has already photographed over two hundred most interesting locations on our planet and it is the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world. Unlike viewing a traditional photograph limited by its frame, or watching a film that follows its director’s idea, a spherical panorama gives you a freedom of being on location, where you can turn around 360° and have a closer look at every detail.
I honestly fell in love with the images straight away; it brought me those feelings of freedom, joy and gratitude! It also made me reflect about the positive value of exposure to nature.
Our relationship with nature is a vital component of our wellbeing and of maintaining good health, and one often neglected due to the concerns of modern life. How many of us have taken a long walk in the woods, and felt soothed by the sound of the wind in the trees and the crisp smell of leaves? Who wouldn’t enjoy an evening watching the sunset at the beach, sand between the toes, with the rhythmic ocean waves lapping at the shore?
Experiencing these profound moments of peace, happiness, or wellness in the context of nature is a universal event, and demonstrates that contact with nature is an integral part of our well-being as humans.
I hope these amazing photographs got you excited about this wonderful world and all the beauty that surround us! Now, leave the computer, mobile phone or such and please go outside! It is a beautiful and sunny day, take a long walk at your local park, look around, smell the flowers, feel the breeze… Welcome the spring season and keep nurturing your relationship with nature!
X Caroline, from the reception desk!