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January 19th, 2022

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Art in Nature...What can you find?
 
 
kellybledsoe@triad.rr.com

One of my resolutions for 2022 was to get outside and unplug. I have taken up hiking and I am continually amazed at the beauty found right in my own
backyard. I love to take pictures and I am always looking at things from various angels and perspectives. I happened upon this pond covered with floating
algae and immediately thought of the Van Gogh painting Starry Night.
 
That got me thinking, and now it is a challenge of mine to try and find art in the wild. The exploration of art in nature can take endless forms, because nature
provides us with such a vast wealth of inspiring phenomena. The first step to finding art in nature is to spend time in nature. Turn off your screens. Go
outside. Tune into your surroundings.

Art in nature can take many forms and serve many purposes. Because “nature” is such an immense topic that encompasses so many things, the possibilities
are endless.

Art can be found in flowers, plants, trees, clouds, botany, animals, cells, anatomy, bodily systems, weather, geology, matter, energy, fossils, any of the natural
sciences, water, fire, environment, conservation, natural history, processes, evolution, birth, growth, aging, decay, the list is endless.

I have found a great deal of comfort and satisfaction in my weekly explorations. In these hyperreal, digital times, it is easy to forget, and even resist, that
we are susceptible to natural forces. Finding art in nature can help us reconnect with our surroundings and ourselves. I have found it important to feel a connection
to the natural world.

I encourage you to unplug and explore the great outdoors...and share with us your “artful” findings in nature!

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