This week I want to introduce you to a new initiative from the Green Health Partnership -#greenisolation – an instagram photography project. I had a bit of a panic about whether I had included taking photographs of nature in 19 ways to stay connected to nature during COVID-19, so was relieved to find it at number 14 when I checked back. Taking photos has been one of the things that I have come back to time and time again during this whole period of lockdown, so much so that I have signed up for an online Mindful Photography class which is giving me a lot of good ideas about how to stay in the moment.
So how can you connect to nature through photography?
- Taking photos of nature is a simple way to enhance your connection to the natural world. It encourages you to:
- Slow down
- Open your eyes
- Look outside – or even go outside
And it is possible to do it even during lockdown.
Your daily walk is a good time to connect to nature wherever you are.
For those of you going out for a walk, consider these ways to bring nature into your exercise:
- Take a flowerpot neighbourhood tour
- Try an early morning walk
- Look for rainbows – both in windows and in the sky (if you’re really lucky)
- Search for something unusual – a flower where it shouldn’t be, or an interesting piece of bark
- Collect something to photograph later – leaves or pebbles
If you can’t get out then how about :
- Searching out treasures in your back garden.
- Choosing a spot where you can see a lot of sky, taking a photo in that place every day and turn them into a collage. I’ve been doing that from my upstairs window.
- Making a montage of pictures of a seed you have planted as it grows.
- Choose a world watching window in your house & use it as your viewfinder. What changes from day to day, week to week?
Best of all, taking photos of nature ties neatly into each of the 5 ways to wellbeing, helping you to take notice, be active, keep learning, notice and give.
We would love for you to take a photo and either post it on instagram using #greenisolation #greenhealthlanarkshire and tagging us @greenisolation
Alternatively you can join the Lanarkshire Green Volunteer Network group on facebook and post it there. Or lastly, just email me your photo at firstname.lastname@example.org - it would be lovely to have a record of how we all continued to connect to nature at this time.
Finally, a quick reminder that May is Living Streets’ National Walking month and many of us are appreciating the chance to get out for a walk more than ever.
For ideas on how to keep your daily exercise fresh, interesting and safe check out Living Streets and their top 20 tips to fit walking into your day.