Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Nature Through a Lens

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Earth Day 2014:

Earth Day is recognised on 22 April each year to promote awareness and appreciation of the earth’s environment.  It inspires a number of activities across the world – from planting trees, collecting trash, participation in recycling and conservation activities, airing of environment related programs, festivals and rallies and petitions calling for stronger action to protect our environment.

It’s a day to take a moment to appreciate how beautiful our planet is.  It’s a day to recognise how integral the environment is to our survival.  And it’s a day to acknowledge that we – humans – are it’s greatest threat.

The Natural World Through a Lens

My passion for travel and photography has taken me to some incredible locations over the past few years.  And I constantly find myself torn between the excitement of seeing such beautiful environments first hand and the fear that future generations may not have the same opportunity.

Earth Day is a great reminder that the actions of all of us, however great or small. have an impact on the world around us.  The environment and human beings share a special connection – but the reality is that one cannot survive without the other.

Some of these photos were taken in locations that are currently under environment threats whilst others simply reminded me how beautiful the world can be.

 Sea Ice in the Svalbard Arctic

Sea Ice in the Svalbard Arctic

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Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia) – protected as a UNESCO Heritage Site

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Pieman River, Corrina, Tasmania, Australia.

Zodiac Cruising - Petermann Island, Antarctica

Humpback Whale in its natural environment – Antarctica

Nature's Window, Kalbarri Gorge, Western Australia

Nature’s Window, Kalbarri Gorge, Western Australia

Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

“Iceberg Graveyard” – Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

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Polar Bears in Spitsbergen, Arctic

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Milky Way in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Pinnacles Desert, Cervantes, Western Australia

Pinnacles Desert, Cervantes, Western Australia

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Raindrop – Styx Valley of the Giants, Tasmania, Australia

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Kittiwakes on Ice – Svalbard Arctic

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Star Trails over Drakensberg, South Africa

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Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

King Penguin Colony – Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

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Knox Gorge, Karijini, Western Australia

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Creation of an iceberg – Monacobreen, Liefdelfjord, Arctic

Morning light - Wilpena Pound (from Puglist Lookout Road), Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Wilpena Pound – Flinders Ranges, South Australia

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Aurora Borealis – Lofoten Islands, Norway

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Sunrise - Picnic Rocks, Deep Creek

Picnic Rocks, Deep Creek – Tasmania, Australia

 

 

 

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

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