Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

Whimsical Wanderings: Where I Snap Photographs of Mother Nature

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Today, I thought it would be fun to share with you my whimsical wanderings where I snap photographs of mother nature!  You might be surprised to find that for the most part, I practice nature photography, flat lay designs, and food photography in just a few select places.

Since I'm all about planet earth and living kindly, I believe in working with what you have.  You know, waste not, want not.  The same goes for the wildlife photography that I take.

I mean, sure I'd like to travel to new places and see the world.  However, just like with plant-based living, I find narrowing down my field of vision only makes me stronger as a photographer.

Since I practice kinfolk style, slow living, it's only natural that I would share all the corners of my world and the secret woodland-themed corners of my home.  It means I'm niching down and taking responsibility for the local flora and fauna in my area.

One of the things that made become a better eater was learning to live a cruelty-free lifestyle.  Once I started eating more plant-based meals, I became a better cook and bonafide smoothie chef!  Is that even a thing?

My point is that by narrowing my niche, I have been able to really explore my capabilities as a professional photographer with woodland photoshoots to ground my energy.  When I'm not wandering through the forest, you'll find me photographing botanical style flat lays or taking snapshots of a vegan recipe I created for fun!

Living in a smaller world, in a weird way, has made my world even bigger!  If you're just starting out in the world of photography, start with what you have and adapt, evolve, and grow over time.  For more on how to develop your signature photography style, try this post on for size.

I honestly think that's part of what makes life fun.  We're all living in our own little microspheres so why not make the best of it?  Let the world see how you live through your own personal lens and rose-colored glasses.

After all, that's part of what makes living a slower life so special.  You're choosing to live in a bubble intentionally so that you can develop all the key ingredients of who you are.

Sometimes, it's growing your very own kinfolk style carrots fresh from the garden.  Other times, it's wearing a linen dress that's handmade and easy to wear.  Mostly, it's just you finding yourself by downsizing.

So, what does all of this have to do with photography?  For one thing, you'll become a better photographer if you give your wandering eyes a chance to feast on your surroundings.  In return, I believe that makes you develop into a better person too.

You'll begin to really appreciate all the little things in life.  You'll begin to count your blessings and realize what a glorious little life you live in.  What could be better than that?
A painted floral rock design found in the trees of Hammock Park in Dunedin, Florida

Whimsical Wanderings: Where I Snap Photographs of Mother Nature

Even though my world is small, it's big!  You can literally find a sunny spot in the window to film a plant growing or use your patio to practice golden hour photography in the grass.  The skies the limit when you take photographs in your own backyard!

Where I Snap My Pictures:
  • Hammock Park in Dunedin, Florida where there's a butterfly garden, lots of hiking trails with hills, mushroom hunting, and friendly people.  It's my favorite park and hot spot.
  • My Porch - I have a woodgrain back porch that faces the backyard and I use it for flat lay style designs and for food styling pictures.  
  • Josiah Cephus Weaver Park in Dunedin, Florida is where I take a lot of oceanfront photographs at the pier.
  • My windowsill is where I photograph plants, eco-friendly meals, and gemstone grids.
  • My white shabby chic nature table for flat lays, plant displays, and outdoor gatherings in the backyard.
  • Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole, Florida used to be my favorite park, but it's almost an hour away now.  However, I still like to make a point to visit there at least once or twice a year.  Memories!
  • Marina Park and Fishing Pier in Safety Harbor, Florida is where I go every spring, usually in April, to visit my friends the manatees.  I used to live in Safety Harbor when my kids were little so I'm naturally inclined to return there once in a while.  Brings back a lot of nostalgia!
  • My Backyard is a great place to hang jewelry in the trees, practicing earthing with my bare feet on the grass, and enjoy some sunset photography.  
Well, there you have it!  These are some of the local haunts where I practice outdoor photography.  Some of the places I need to get back to because I haven't visited in a while.  

For example, I just realized I didn't have a post to link to for the Safety Harbor Marina & Fishing Pier.  That tells me that's been a long, long time.  In case you were wondering, these are the places that I wander.  Enjoy! xo

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