I peered up from my computer and spent my lunch break away from the office to enjoy outdoor nature with just my camera, no other technology. It’s nice to unplug and appreciate the little things right outside our doors.
It’s very corporate and very cold in the business areas of downtown Orlando. There are beautiful swans, ducks, trees and a huge lake further down, but it’s too hot to walk there at lunch, in 95 degree weather. That’s 30 minutes to and from the lake! Crank up the mini office fan.
So I soak up every bit of nearby nature when I find it. It could be butterflies, bees, flowers, or even squirrels. I love any outdoor plant, creature or insect that moves – excluding spiders and cockroaches, of course.
Here’s a photo gallery of some of my favorite moments. Check out the close-up photos. Increase your browser zoom (control + on Windows, command + on Mac) or pinch to zoom on your mobile device for even more detail.
Enjoy Outdoor Nature
I see these butterflies all the time on my breaks. They’re called Gulf fritillary, also known as “passion butterfly.” They always seem to fly around sporadically. But as soon as I stepped outside with my camera and a purpose, I quickly learned the butterflies have a flying pattern.
They’re not flying around aimlessly to show off their pretty wings. They’re searching for flowers to pick and butterflies to charm. I quickly learned where they hang out (which trees and bushes entice them), and which angles are best to shoot them. I also learned which flowers are their favorite! That helped me position myself and predict where they would land next so I didn’t lose them.
I also found a few bees nearby. They minded their own bzzness as they flew from flower to flower.
It was a breath of fresh air to get away from my computer screen and enjoy outdoor nature. I encourage you to go outside and find the beauty in something today! Whether it’s visually appealing, emotionally moving, or consciously mind-boggling (i.e. how wasps build nests – shout out to those hard-working females!), there’s a lot out there worth exploring.
Let me know if you come across something interesting. I’d love to hear about it!