However, I hope that we don't have to keep pushing the natural world out of our way in our attempts to build better lives and a better world for ourselves.
I think of these photos as being of 'a close nature', because I am always struck so deeply by the beauty and balance of the natural world. There is a certain sense of being that is only attainable when you are surrounded by unbridled earth. How much will be lost as the urban centers of the world continue to expand so rapidly? I hope these photos bring you closer to this sense as well, because the survival of so much depends upon our priorities and actions as humans.