Boundaries in Nature


So often you read how people create boundaries in nature, fencing off private space and keeping out the unwanted. But when did you ever know nature to heed the boundaries? Don’t we see beetles, caterpillars, rabbits, squirrels, deer, chipmunks, coyote, and even bears depending on where we live invading our spaces no matter the methods to keep them out?

big buck

Probably more important is the boundaries nature puts on us. Like when we leave the trails and designated walking areas to find hidden gems in hard to reach places. Some of those places are almost forbidden if we want to live to hike another day. After all, one wrong turn and a salivating wolf might follow us or a poisonous snake ruin our day.


But when we drop the boundaries and look for things of interest, so much beauty can be found. Even things as common as a lowly rock.


Nothing gives a better sense of nature than actually getting out into nature though. While none of the images really shares with another, all make it understood that one had to travel to experience things vastly different. Even the deer are in different states.


The way to see amazing things in the world means getting out into the world.

Maine Rocks


It is even visually exciting seeing a bit of the ordinary escape its boundaries.

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16 Responses to Boundaries in Nature

  1. ‘Marking’ a place is a characteristic of every specie on this planet. All beings try to mark their own spot, even if it’s a temporary stay. The problem with human boundaries is that we tend to lose balance and go …overboard. Animals will never do this just to ‘own’ more space – us humans however, do. Equilibrium seems to be a word animals understand, I wonder why we can’t. I fear I’ve taken this post elsewhere though and all I would like to say is how beautiful your post is, my dear Donna.

    • donna213 says:

      I like to make people think with my posts. I like the discussion it makes and and the dialog generated. I fully agree with your points and the idea of any boundaries seems ludicrous in the greater scheme of things. Look at wars being fought! So many losers all around. Any animals in those terratories are displaced or killed. Same with the people.

  2. Mike Powell says:

    I agree with so much of what you said–beauty is often found off of the beaten path (and I love your photos).

  3. I really love the detail you captured in the wings of the dragonfly and the stream photo of the rocks is magical…I personally believe that when your photos are special moments you move from a photographer to a story teller and an artist.

    • donna213 says:

      Thank you Charlie. That is really high praise. I want to work towards story telling with my photos, but until then, will have to write out my story. A seasoned photographer does tell his story through images, yet one professional I know personally says we all tell a story through every image. That to me is one I have yet to understand. I think many photos say nothing much more than a snapshot in time.

  4. acuriousgal says:

    Wonderful post on getting out and exploring!!

  5. Pat says:

    Lovely images.

  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    Those really are wonderful shots and make your point in spades. It’s funny how the opposite is also true. We set up national parks and sometimes assume that animals will stay there.

    • donna213 says:

      Thank you. Very true, I agree – like wolves and the ranchers. The animals find “our” spaces when they roam. While we look for them in their spaces, they are not looking for us in ours. I bet they wish there was less of us!

  7. Donna you have proven with these pics how lovely the ordinary can be…stunning!

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