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Beginner’s Guide to Nature Photography
By: Admin    July 27 2018 , 02:36 pm
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Category: Photography , Nature
“Every moment is an opportunity to capture, in that moment, something quite special.” Kaarina Dillabough, winner of Greentouchhub’s 2017 photo contest, said this in reference to her passion for nature photography. If you have ever been hiking or simply stared out a window at just the right moment, you know the feeling of wanting to capture the way the sun’s rays are peeking through the branches, or how water is curving around the rocks in a stream. With today’s technology, you can easily hone the craft of taking wonderful photographs of the natural world! Dillabough advised fellow nature photographers to “Snap away, stay aware. Heighten your senses to see things that others don’t see or pay attention to. Don’t strive for perfection, but rather, be in the moment. Trust your instincts.” With this in mind, you can easily start to find the right subjects for your photo...
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Teaching Kids to Appreciate Nature
By: Admin    July 06 2018 , 06:00 am
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Category: Children , Nature
Some of the best childhood memories are made outside. Children’s imagination and energy should be nurtured, and nature is the perfect teacher. Playing outdoors is not only great for a child’s physical health but provides mental, social and academic benefits to their development through adolescence. Leave the video games inside and connect with nature instead! What’s So Great About Outside? Studies have shown that there is an academic advantage to the great outdoors. Science test scores improve by 27 percent when schools incorporate nature-based education and outdoor classrooms. Kids who are allowed unstructured playtime outside have improved social relations. They tend to learn about teamwork, make friends easier, and problem-solve which are critical life skills. Interacting with nature has also been shown to enhance children’s cognitive abilities and reduce sympto...
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How to Make a Rain Barrel
By: Admin    May 22 2018 , 09:38 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Saving for a rainy day? Try building a rain barrel! Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to save money and use naturals resources. Rain barrels collect the water runoff from a roof and store it for later use, typically to water gardens and lawns. During the wet summer months, you might conserve around 1,300 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel can save you an average of $35 a month on your water bill in the summer! Before building a rain barrel check your state regulations to see if there are any laws against it, as it is not legal in certain parts of North America. Selecting Your Barrel  All rain barrels are basically made the same way, but depending on the materials, it can cost anywhere from $15 to $150 and up. The primary tool you will need is, of course, a barrel. You can also recycle an outdoor trash can if you have one lying around -- this is one of the cheaper barre...
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The Dangers of Feeding Wildlife
By: Admin    April 25 2018 , 01:48 pm
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Category: Animals , Nature
Why shouldn’t you feed wildlife? The idea of a deer coming up to you and eating straight out of the palm of your hand sounds like such a surreal and perfect moment. However, this is one fairytale moment that should come with a warning label. Feeding wildlife can have a long-lasting negative effect on the life of the animal, in many cases. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but in general, it is a good idea to avoid feeding wildlife.Why is Feeding Dangerous?One of the main reasons to not feed wildlife is the bond it creates. This may sound exactly like what you are wanting, but not everyone has the same kind-hearted intentions for the animal in question. If deer or other wildlife start to imprint on humans, they lose their sense of fear which could make them a much easier target for hunters or a nuisance in an urban environment. Especially if you are feeding from your car, the animals will learn...
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Wildcrafted Quill Pens and Ink
By: Admin    April 18 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Writing used to be a complicated task.If you wanted to write a letter to a friend a couple hundred years ago, it was not as easy as buying mass-produced pens and paper. Writing utensils were handcrafted. Pens were simple tools, made of carefully carved sturdy feathers, or quills. Getting ink was a more complicated process. People produced their own ink from ingredients found in nature. Using creativity and a little bit of science they created a vast variety of colored inks, and improved them through time. Famed Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci used ink made from black walnuts during the Renaissance Era, and people continued to make this type of ink for centuries. Iron gall ink was used in the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence, which lasted longer than black walnut ink, but demanded more chemistry. With the right materials and know-how, you too can make your own quill and ink ...
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