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N is for Nature

Day 13 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Thoughts on Being a Nomad

Nature draws me to being a nomad. I LOVE being in nature, being part of nature and having nature provide for me. I respect the elements, am in awe of the natural world, appreciate the bounty of Mother Earth (the food, the sun, the rain, the sights) and indulge in her beauty.

Wildlife encounters have been the most spectacular and memorable moments of my life; taking in an amazing sunset or the view from a cliff never bores. Words can’t quite describe my relationship with nature, but I hope the following photos give you a sense of why I love being out in the world so much. It is but a quick selection of my thousands upon thousands of photographs, taken while voyaging on this planet and being surrounded by bliss.


(All these photos are photo credit of Liesbet Collaert)

What is your relationship with nature? What are your highlights, already seen or yet to be experienced? What are the memories you cherish?

Feel free to browse our blog for more thoughts and impressions about being a nomad. Tomorrow is a day off in the A-Z blogging world. Monday, I will be back with “O is for Open Mind”.


  1. Wonderful pictures! I can’t decide which are my favorites, although I’m partial to the penguins 🙂

    Cheers – Ellen

    • The penguins were a very unique experience in the Galapagos Islands. We had one swim around our boat chasing little fish for an hour. And, one day, I tried to swim with them, but they decided to just peddle away and all I could see under water were their white bellies fast little feet! 🙂

  2. Stunning photos!
    One night at anchor, we were awoken by dolphins and got up to look. The anchorage was bioluminescent and the dolphins swam around and around our boat – it was magical!

  3. I have a similar relationship with nature, as does David. So, we like to sail into remote areas that haven’t been changed by the touch of man and make that connection as often as we can. It’s what keeps us on the water, I think.

    Cheers, Stephanie

    • I totally agree. It is one of the reasons why I enjoyed living on a sailboat so much. It is truly the closest you can get to nature – in all its forms – and to wildlife, especially sea life. So amazing…. 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos! They really capture what you love about your natural lifestyle. Great underwater shots 🙂

    Hillary | | Visiting from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

    • Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by, Hillary. I do miss that part of our boating lifestyle… 🙁 But, luckily, there are heaps of photos and memories to reminisce. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous photos! I bet they contain a ton of wonderful memories!

    • Thanks! Enough memories to fill a few books (working on the first one now… :-). I tried to visit your website, but it is no longer available…

      • You are the second person to say that…can you please tell me how you are trying to get to us?

        • This link is posted under your comment name of plaguedparents when leaving a comment to my blog:
          I click on that and the page on your WordPress blog reads “ is no longer available.The authors have deleted this site.”

  6. I could look at those photos at least three more times. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Glad you enjoyed them, Ryan. One day I should make a real collection of the most beautiful/memorable photos of my (boat) travels… When I have A LOT of extra time, if ever. 🙂

  7. What an amazing gallery, thank you so much for sharing! Nature calms me and reminds me of the enormity of the universe. I like the idea that carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen atoms that inhabited stars and planets, Socrates, Galileo, and/or other heroes could also reside in me. My life is by no means nomadic, so I’m happy to find you here, to see through other lenses and learn! Happy alphabet blogging! 😀

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Catherine. The universe is grand, and I was always overcome by this when watching the stars at night, on the ocean (and even now_. It makes me sad and happy at the same time. Another amazing realization I often have is that I can see the (full) moon on one side of the world, while others very far away see that same moon!

  8. Great post, Liesbet! I can totally relate to your attitude towards nature. I may be a “city girl” based on where I live but I don’t actually like cities … I’m more at home in the outdoors. Beautiful vast landscapes that leave you speechless, awe-inspiring wildlife encounters that you could never have imagined … yep, that’s my idea of living 🙂

    • It sounds like you need to get out there on a sailboat one day! 🙂 Of course, there are other ways to be close to nature, but the wildlife experiences we had (with sea life) were pretty special. I might have to put a book/blog together with my best shots. The photos selected for A-Z only partly do it justice, because I do not have time to browse all of my archives for this. City life has its charms as well. Last year, Mark and I spent a month in the center of Auckland, living our life, and it was so amazing to just be able to walk everywhere and be surrounded by a vibrant community. We like this once in a while as well. 🙂

      • I’d happy get on a sailboat and take off! I spent some time on a boat at the Great Barrier Reef which was amazing. I’d love to see the Galapagos too. A book of your best photos is a fantastic idea! I have several coffee table books that I’ve made of my own travels – they are a great way to display them and make excellent gifts as well. In the mean time, a blog post of the best would be great. It sounds like you had a lovely time in Auckland, makes such a difference when you have a great community 🙂

        • Kim, I so would like to make tangible photo albums of all my travels, but I truly do not have time! I have been trying to put one together of our trip in NZ (I actually started there already to get a head-start) last year – thinking I would start with the most recent travels first – and have barely gotten anywhere. I have boxes with photos at my parents’ for all my travels from before I was 25. And, I have ten full time years of explorations and digital photographs I would really like to turn into photo albums as well. That, will probably never happen, unless the days would grow twice as long! Like, NOW! 🙂

          • Haha! Totally understandable. Putting travel photos in a book format (particularly if you want to add writing too … don’t even get me started on that!) takes a lot of time. It does get easier the more you make though as you get into a pattern 🙂

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