We are rediscovering that only through sharing will we save this magnificent planet. Social media gives us the ability to share photographs, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge almost instantaneously with powerful effects. A great example of this is National Geographic’s “The Great Nature Project”. This is a worldwide celebration of our diverse planet through photographs submitted by people around the world. WE must all participate by tag all photograph uploads of plants and animals #GreatNature Become part of a Guinness World Record attempt to upload the largest-ever online photo album of nature photographs. The Great Nature Project is part of a new age of exploration by millions of people around the world with cameras and instruments gathering important data and research for a better world.
Guides, rangers, researchers, ecotourists, photographers, artists and conservationists around the world apply themselves everyday to sharing, studying, photographing, writing about and celebrating the “wild” with their guests, co-workers, colleagues, and local communities. These amazing photographs are a window into their world, a world where the lions, elephants, orangutans and leopards still reign supreme and we can dream of that perfect morning in the wilderness. Ranger Diaries and The Bush Boyes have teamed up to bring you the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness”. These stunning photographs are selected from hundreds of submissions and are intended to bring the beauty, freedom and splendour of the wilderness to as many people as possible around the world.
Submit your best photographs from the wildest places to the The Bush Boyes Facebook page or Ranger Diaries website, and stand a chance of being featured in the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness” published each week.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” (Mother Teresa)
“Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” (Henry David Thoreau)
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (John Muir)
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” (Lao Tzu)
“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.” (Marie Curie)
“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” (Walt Whitman)
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” (Iris Murdoch)
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” (William Shakespeare)
“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.” (Blaise Pascal)
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” (Claude Monet)
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” (Kahlil Gibran)
“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)
“The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” (Galileo)
“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” (Linda Hogan)
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” (Rabindranath Tagore)
“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” (William Hazlett)
“For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.” (Janine M. Benyus)
“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.” (Aristotle)
Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.
Aggression, by guide Brendon Cremer. “The aggression displayed by mating lions during the early stages of copulation can be quite intimidating, with plenty of growling, snarling and biting during the process…. and then comes the dismount which is always an impressive act.”
Photographed at Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (brendoncremerphotography.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)
“The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature,–of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,–such health, such cheer, they afford forever!” (Henry David Thoreau)
“Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.” (John Muir)
“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
“The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it… No place for greed or anger there.” (Pha Pachak)
“Every year, my brother (Chris Boyes), Pete (“the Nare”) Hugo, Giles (“Prince William”) Trevethick and I (Dr Steve Boyes) cross the Okavango Delta, top to bottom, on mokoros (dug-out canoes) to survey the distribution and abundance of wetland birds, advocate for World Heritage Status, and share this amazing wilderness with accompanying scientists, explorers and special guests. My wife, Dr Kirsten Wimberger, joined us for the first time this year. No one will forget what happened on the 2012 expedition…”
In 2013, we are embarking on the Okavango River Expedition. This will be a 1,750km odyssey down the Okavango River from the source near Huambo (Angola) all the way down the catchment, across the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), and into Botswana to cross the Okavango Delta via one of our planet’s last untouched wilderness areas. Our objective is to support the Okavango World Heritage Project and achieve UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Okavango Delta and the entire catchment. See: http://www.okavangofilm.com/
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