It’s not a grand scene of some far off exotic location. It’s not a striking carnivore or a raptor tearing into their prey. It’s not even an unusual or seldom seen animal. It’s a common mallard duck.
If you live in an area that has ducks, you probably have mallards. They’re everywhere. These ubiquitous birds served a good reminder to me the other day. They reminded me that we can find nature right outside our own front doors, if we are open to seeing it.
With all the photos of exotic place we see floating around the internet, I think we sometimes focus on what could be seen at some place across the country and we forget to look out of our own back doors and really appreciate what we have locally. While I enjoy traveling to new places and seeing new things, that mallard reminded me that I don’t need to make expeditions to the far corners of the globe in search of inspiration in nature. I can see it in my back yard every day if I want. I bet you’d see it at home too if you took the time to slow down and really look.
So, the next time you’re looking for inspiration in nature, take a minute and stop thinking about that trip to some far off location. Relax, take a look out your own back door, go for a walk close to home or make a short drive to a local park or preserve, and really concentrate on seeing what you already have around you. Who knows, maybe the beauty and inspiration you’re looking to photograph is closer than you think and it might even be found in a common mallard duck.