The Top 10 Reasons Why Every Storyteller Should Write About Nature

  1. Nature is aesthetically pleasing.

It makes your story that much more alive. Rich descriptions of nature as the characters interact with it throughout the plot (whatever plot that is) are always a thrill to read and refreshes the reader.

  1. Nature is imaginable.

We are always interacting with and around nature, even when we do not realize it. When we read nature in a story, we can easily envision what is being described. This paints wonderful pictures in our heads and makes it easy for the author to convey into our minds the same images he/her envisioned.

  1. Nature draws a reader into a story.

Unless we can (as the main character of the story does) feel the texture of the tree, smell the pine needles, feel the rich soft grass and dirt, hear the babbling brook, listen to the birds and insects chirp, watch the setting sun shaft through the limbs of the trees, then we won’t be attracted to the story. When these descriptions are included, we will be drawn in to experience the story ourselves.

  1. Nature defines the scene.

How can you describe what a scene looks like, feels like, sounds like, smells like, and tastes like without any nature at all? The only way to describe an environment of a story is by using nature.

  1. Nature is very interactive.

It is easy for us to picture a main character walking his horse down a cobblestone path through the woods in the late afternoon because even though we might not have done so ourselves, we have felt stone before. We have walked through woods before. And, we have seen the late afternoon sun shaft through the limbs of a small forest.

  1. Nature is all around us.

Have you ever tried reading a story in an airport and then out in a park near a garden? Why is it you could visualize the story so much better in the park? Well, there could be thousands of reasons, everything from being nervous about your flight to the shouts and conversations of others in the airport. Yet, as nature draws us into the story, we generally find that we can understand it much better if we are around nature ourselves.

  1. Without nature, stories don’t make sense.

A story without nature is a story of confusion.

  1. Without nature, stories are dull.

If the characters never interact with nature, the story will not be imaginative.

  1. Without nature, stories cannot be visualized.

It’s impossible to truly be able see the paintings of the story without descriptions of nature.

  1. Without nature, your book will have all the negative reviews.

No one likes a story that doesn’t have nature described throughout it.

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

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For Those Who Love the Spring

Just three days till Christmas, with hearts beating faster and expectations raising, I thought I would bring some memories of the season-to-come. As I write this post, I am looking out our large Living Room window to at least a foot of snow on the ground, with Christmas day right now forecasting at a high of 25 deg F. and a low of 6 deg F. Tis the season for snowfall!

Yet, I have always found it nice, especially in Michigan, to remember what springtime is like during the cold and harshness of winter. Don’t mistake me! I love winter for what it is and enjoy the snowfall. One of the reasons I do, though (and this is just one of the reasons), is because I can dream of springtime to come, and springtime would not be springtime without a winter to come before it (to at least some degree).

I hope you enjoy the spring videos below! I had nothing to do with the production of these videos, but I love the song of the birds and the rush of the rivers.

The last video below is particularly special because I spent the first eleven years of my life living in southern Indiana, and this video was recorded in southern Illinois. The nature sounds remind me of many a summer evening in Indiana!

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Fall images of the Day

Hello everyone!

As autumn time comes around again and the festivities begin, I thought I would take a few pictures of the state of our leaves right now. Now that we’ve gathered our firewood for the year, leaf blowing and raking comes next!

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Field Grass Nature Sound Video

Here is another nature video I have compiled for listening/viewing. I took this out in a little alcove in an overgrown field behind my house. I hope you enjoy!

Minor Book Update: My authored book Treasure on the Southern Moor has been shipped and is on its way to me. I will be giving a video showcasing the work once I have the book in my hands!

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Ten Hour Nature Video – Wind in the Pines

Hello everyone! Below is a nature video I recorded behind where I live. I recorded it to gain visuals and sounds of nature and have finally published it just today. Listen to the birds, wind rustling trees and grass, flies, chirping insects, bees, distant cars, and more. I hope you enjoy!

Also, a quick note on my book Treasure on the Southern Moor that is now in the bookstore, I am currently waiting on my complimentary copies to be printed and shipped. As soon as I receive them, I’ll do a video showcasing the book!

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Pine Tree – Nature Blogging

Here are several pictures of a pine tree in a field off our backdoor that I took today. The sky was sunny and clear. (I was glad that it didn’t rain because I’ve been chainsawing dead trees to prepare for our winter storage of firewood.) I hope you enjoy!

Also, a quick update on my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. My publisher has completed the e-book version for it! It should be popping up on amazon and other sites shortly, and the paperback version (as I like to call the real version) should be available within a few weeks or less. Part of the delay is due to the national news hurricane Irma. It just so happens that my publisher’s offices had to be evacuated, yet they are planning to resume normal work soon.

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Tahquamenon Falls – Nature Blogging

Here are a few pictures a took a couple years ago when my family and I vacationed near Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There were two sets of falls, the upper and the lower. I cannot remember what all I photographed, though it appears that the first few pictures are the lower and the last few are the upper. Enjoy!

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A Circular Garden, Flower Gardens – Nature Blogging

Here are a few pictures and videos I took of a circular garden and another garden walk within Dow Gardens (check out Dow Gardens website for more of their info). Enjoy!

 

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Herbert Dow Home and Garden, The Pines – Nature Blogging

Here are a few pictures and video I took of Herber Dow’s home and garden (check out Dow Gardens website for more of their info). His home is called The Pines. Enjoy!

 

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Red Oak Tree – Nature Blogging

Ahh, the red oak tree.

Hello all! Here are a few pictures and video I took of an oak tree in Dow Gardens (check out other Nature Blogging posts to know more about this set of gardens). This tree must be old. Enjoy!

 

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