Why I love nature

Nature Photography by Thomas Bürkl

Nature Photography by Thomas Bürkl

I love nature, photography and spending time outdoors. I want to share the beauty of the world and hope that you will enjoy your visit. Don’t hesitate to contact me, I’m always happy to be in touch. So, without further ado, let’s get started…

I’m an outdoor photographer, grew up in a bilingual family in Bavaria/Germany and now live in the French Alps close to Chamonix with my beautiful wife and daughter (link to About page).

Nature Photography as a cure for stress

Do you ever feel frustrated about not having enough time, stuck in your day job, wishing you could lead a different life? I have been there but I have found my own way to deal with everyday life. Photography has been an eye-opener for me (no pun intended). Why do we take pictures? I’m sure we all have different answers to that question, for me it’s to remember special experiences and feelings and sharing them with friends and family.

I’d love to share these experiences with you and I sincerely hope that some of my stories will brighten up your day.  

The Beauty of getting lost

To give you a clearer picture of the kind of experiences I’m talking about, let’s jump back a few years to the time when I was travelling by bike through Austria:

There I was, standing in the rain, mud up  to my ankles, pushing a travel bike too heavy for the slippy rocky path I was trying to cycle on. I was wondering what had led me to skip the joys of beach holidays to endure months of long-distance travel by mountain bike.

I had taken a break from student life to have more time to think about the future, and had set off on a 4-month bike trip through Europe, taking pictures and camping along the way. It was  not always easy, sometimes it was downright hard like that time in Romania  when I got stuck on a muddy trail in a small local village with a lot of onlookers but not much help. But in the end, I learned a lot about myself and the world.

It now seems far away, but the slides are still there, and I sometimes look at them when I want to remember what it was like to travel slowly. That trip was but a small part of a long series of trips, hikes and other outdoor adventures. They sparked my enthusiasm for our earth and I would like to share my observations with you through my blog and photography.

Why I love nature photography

I’m interested in the concept of beauty (and there can be beauty in almost anything). I consider myself lucky to have spent a lot of freedom, wandering along green meadows, along fresh streams and up and down snowy hills, maybe actually “too much” because once you have seen the other side, it’s hard to go back to leading a normal urban life and into our consumer society without missing the thrills and without ever wanting to “break free” again.

Happiness is very important to me and I would describe myself as a hopeless optimist. I can’t help but feel excited when I get up in the morning! There’s so much so see, to be explored, to be shared, and not enough time to do it all. I recently learned a lot of new lessons since our daughter Sophie came into our lives, and I guess one of the reason for sharing my experiences more than before is to give her something to read about when she is a little bit older.

Why I blog

Photography and writing complement each other well in communicating the happiness, the fear and the excitement I feel out there.

I sometimes feel like much of what I experienced will soon be forgotten. Life is short after all. So why not tell others about some of the funny, sad, frustrating and beautiful things that I have experienced?

What to expect

I am writing about what photography taught me about life and myself. Whereas I sometimes find it hard to focus in everyday life, everything becomes crystal-clear when I’m outdoors away from it all and I hope that some of the things I learned will be inspiring for you too.

Feel the excitement

I want to share the excitement and enthusiasm I feel when I’m outdoors. Nature photography is a great way to better take in our surroundings. As an example, I still remember exactly what it felt like 20 years ago climbing the last steps in the rising sun towards the summit of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. I was there with my Dad, and it was the culmination of many years spent together outdoors. I want to virtually take you with me to the frosty mountains, the gentle hills or wherever else I happened to feel inspired.

Feedback

Please feel free to leave a comment to my blog posts (please be nice and stay polite, even if you disagree with the other commenters. Rude, aggressive or otherwise inappropriate comments will be deleted) or send me an email. While I cannot check my email every day, I try to do so on a regular basis. It may take a while before I get to read your email, but eventually, I will and I am looking forward to it!

What are you most interested in? Do you like nature photography too? What is it you like most about being outdoors? Is there anything in particular you would like me to write about? Feel free to share it!

 

Thomas Bürkl

Thomas Bürkl is a blogger and photographer who loves spending time outdoors and escaping the strict rules of everyday life. His aim is to help people see the positive side of life through his photography and writing. Thomas comes from Bavaria in Southern Germany and now lives in the French Alps with his wife, daughter and son.

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Thomas Schwalbe - 16 Apr 2016

Great blog post. Keep it coming!

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