Oooh, this is such a thought-provoking question!
I’m actually a PhD student writing my thesis on ‘nature’ so this is such a wonderful joy to write, thank you! When I think of nature I think of quiet, an absence of ‘business’, and people, a place where I can re-focus on my priorities and what I think is important/ put things into perspective. I’m also aware that this is quite a romantic/ unrealistic depiction of nature! I think my love for the countryside stems from spending up to 12 hours a day looking at a laptop screen and enjoying refocusing my eyes and having little to do!! Why does such a question that seem so easy at first become much less straightforward when you get down to it!! Maybe this describes how I connect to nature, I probably connected a little differently when I was a child, I didn’t really like the outside, too wet and itchy! But I think I’ve always found it a bit of an ‘adventure’ compared to ‘everyday’ life. What even is nature and does it still exist today (if it ever existed at all!!)
I think nature means ‘modern nature’ to me. What I mean is that for me, nature is something that I feel I need to regularly spend time with(in?), but I don’t necessarily think of it as ‘other’, as somewhere separate that I can only visit occasionally – it’s all around me. Having said that – fresh air, the breeze seems to be centre; for me to get my ‘nature fix’
These are big questions with different answers depending on who you ask! For some nature is a very specific concept, for others, it might be more about their back gardens or in books. If you want to explore these ideas further why not take part in Springwatch’s Sharing Nature campaign??? – more information can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/natureuk/entries/85ef3e98-4b9b-45d2-8b7c-2060192c735b
Here’s something to think about, what ‘natural scenery’ would you describe as yourself, and why???