The Importance of Nature in Art

People use art to help their well-being but also to draw attention to societal changes and issues. The combination of art and nature allows people to explore the natural world, create more profound meaning for themselves, and connect people through understanding and viewing their artwork. This article will discuss the importance of integrating art and nature and how various artists used nature to inspire them.

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Movies in Nature: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

How does a movie about a thrilling daydreaming exploration sound?

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) is a movie about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) and him changing his life, which occurred through adventures in nature. Walter Mitty is an employee at the Life magazine, and he spends his days developing photos. His days consist of repetitive tasks, so Walter inhabits a world of thrilling daydreams in which he is the hero. After many troubles with the magazine, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners send him on a journey to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue. Throughout the movie, Walter explores some gorgeous, rugged landscapes in search of Sean Penn’s photographer character. It is a tour of different parts of nature, which has Iceland stand in for both Greenland and the Himalayas. It has scenes from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Skogafoss waterfall, and the mountainous Vatnajökull National Park. The nature around him plays a critical role in his journey and shapes the person he becomes. If you are interested in various nature scenes, adventures, and a thrilling daydreaming exploration, then this is the movie for you!

How invasive species can impact the environment, economic stability, and the health of others!

Photo credit: Purple Loosestrife; From Ohio Environment Council

When walking through a park or on a boat, you may see several plants that look and seem beautiful and helpful to the environment; however, they could be causing damage to the ecosystem and habitat around them. Invasive species can impact environmental conditions by negatively impacting biodiversity, economic stability by decreasing crop yields and affecting recreational areas, and human and animal health through painful rashes and causing flu-like symptoms. They might be seen on a local hike or could be within your own backyard. It is essential to understand the environment that you are in and how you can affect it! This article will discuss what invasive species are, some common ones within the Midwest, how they can harm the environment, and what you can do to help!

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Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Connects Community Members and Nature

Humans in Nature strives to combine applied research within outreach efforts to connect individuals of all ages to the natural environment. We wanted to hear from other organizations and communities on how they connect with others and develop a relationship surrounding nature. We interviewed Krystyna Meyer at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, to hear more about what she does for the Shedd Aquarium and how that might impact her surrounding community.

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