Nature and Biodiversity
Nature is an important part of my journeys. I have an eye for details and get inspired by colors and patterns, and fascinated by shapes and shades. I see most things in pictures and my brain speed ahead with ideas for photos to be taken, art to be made, and memories to be remembered.
The word Nature comes from the Latin word Natura, or “essential qualities, congenital disposition”. In ancient times the word natura, literally meant “birth”.
Natura is a Latin translation of the Greek word Physis, which originally related to the inherent characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of its own motion.
In Nature you have biodiversity. Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life, or said with other words short for biological diversity.
It is the term used to describe the variety of life found on Earth and all of the natural processes.
This includes ecosystem, genetic and cultural diversity, and the connections between these and all species.
You might think of an ecosystem as a woven carpet; if you pull on a loose thread it might only affect the thread and those closest to it or it might unravel the whole carpet.
During my travels I have seen many errors made with the ecosystem. Those errors mostly include moving plants or animals from one part of the world to another.
Australia is very strict on what you are allowed to bring into their country, and for a good reason.
The country is very isolated from the rest of the world, so a lot of diseases we have in Europe, Africa or even South East Asia, don’t exist in Australia.
Australia learned that lesson many years ago when bringing rabbits, foxes, and even the rat who had snuggled aboard the ships coming from Europe.
Today they are are pest to the local ecosystem, which the government are fighting an unbeatable battle against, and have done for many years.
But it’s not only in Australia they have these problems. They exist all over the world. I have seen problems in Patagonia, Argentina, with the swamps in Louisiana, US, snails and plants in Denmark, and the list could go on.
I’m very aware of the importance to protect our planet in all circumstances. That includes eating less (or no meat, as I have chosen), buying organic whenever I can. I don’t buy new stuff all the time (or try not to!), buying second-hand, support wind-energy (my home country Denmark is world leader in developing wind turbines).
So dear reader I hope I can inspire with you photographies and stories to take more good care of our nature, our oceans and our beautiful animals.