Among those who practice the craft, there is certainly a great deal of debate over what constitutes "true" nature photography. A few of the most hotly contested aspects of the definition include whether an animal is "captive" or is found "in the wild," whether a species is native to a region or was introduced by man, or whether a floral subject is cultivated or
"Naturally" ocurring spider on cultivated flower.
naturally occurring. Put ten photographers in a room and ask each of them to define "nature photography" and there's a good chance you will be given ten different interpretations. If that doesn't make the task of nailing down a single
Photographs are amazing. Through photographs, we preserve history - our child's first steps, a decaying landscape, or rare and endangered animals. We use photographs to recall the first steps on the moon, the inauguration of a new president, the lifting of a flag on a far-away hill during war. Mothers laboriously decorate large scrapbooks just to protect their precious memories. Photographs evoke the essence of places we have not been, we perhaps will not return to, and should never forget.
With a photograph, I can bring someone from his or her spot on the globe to mine. They can stand with me in the midst of a pine forest or walk in h