Where do you feel the most content?
If you had to name a place or an environment that you feel most at peace in – what surrounds would you choose to put yourself?
Urban or country?
While cities have their attractions and beauty in a contrived way, nature can rarely be topped –
While we humans strive for balance and serenity –
Nature is in perfect harmony with itself
A quality we admire and aspire to.
I’ve always loved nature.
From the ever changing seasons of the English countryside to the arid outback of Australia.
I’m at one when immersed in the wonders of this world.
And until recently I never knew that this feeling I had, had a name –
Biophilia is a term that nearly 30 years ago Edward O. Wilson coined to describe what he believes is humanity’s innate affinity for the natural world.
Biophilia is an innate love for the natural world,
that Wilson believes is felt universally by humankind.
It literally means an appreciation of life and the living world –
a love of nature and all living things.
Our evolutionary history means that in the presence of nature we thrive, and in its absence we suffer.
It’s hard not to be in awe of nature when you come across bright blue spiny crays – Euastacus – up a creek in an Australian rainforest 🙂
Or find yourself in the presence of a tree that is 1,500 years old.
Or spy a Lyrebird, busy foraging in the leaf litter.
The Lyrebird’s name is derived from the shape of the male’s tail feathers resembling a lyre –
But after watching the video below, and seeing their amazing mimicry capabilities, I can’t help but feel the spelling Liar Bird is more appropriate!
All the photographs in this post were taken on a recent expedition to Green Mountain – The rainforest that surrounds O’Reileys in the Lamington National Park in SE Queensland.
We walked the 10.6km Box Forest track that takes you down through the rainforest to the crystal clear West Canungra Creek.
The vegetation is spectacular, and the wildlife prolific and stunning.
Such as this brush turkey.
Or this female bower bird (below left) with her remarkable violet eyes –
And as we got back closer to the civilization of O’Reileys, this Crimson Rosella who spotted the apple I was eating and came down to help himself to a chunk, and the King Parrot on my head who was just weighing up the situation to try the same ploy!
Getting up close and personal to nature is a joy –
Being amongst nature is an inherent requirement humans require for happiness and contentment.
I wonder how much of our yearning to go out and discover the world, as we set off to travel, is more a deep rooted desire to go out to explore nature?
A yearning to experience the physical wonders of the world, enjoy the beauty of it’s flora and encounter the diversity of it’s fauna?
Amongst which are not just cute fluffy furballs!
Even in paradise dangers lurk… In this case, it was a red bellied black snake we saw on the side of the path sunning itself :/
Are you a ‘Biophilia’?
Do share in the comments below,
where in the world do you feel most at peace or content?
Does nature do it for you?