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Urban Nature

No matter how urbanised we become, humans are creatures of nature. I’m fascinated by the way nature folds itself into every part of city living, whether it’s brought here by human hands, or happenstance.

Just by gazing into their branches, city trees can fill me with calm and transport me somewhere cleaner, calmer, and earthier. And yes, I often feel the need to place a palm on their bark or even give them a full-on hug.

A little color amid the grey, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

A little color amid the grey, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Winter tree, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Winter tree, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Reflections on urban life, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Reflections on urban life, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

We humans feel compelled to bring a little green into our spaces, even if there are no green spaces nearby.

Splash of colour, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Splash of colour, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Cascade of green, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Cascade of green, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Plants have a way of taking over even the most inhospitable corners, with or without our blessings.

The plants are taking over, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

The plants are taking over, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

New growth, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

New growth, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

The same goes for animals. Sometimes we bring them in and keep them for food…

One ticked chicken, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

One ticked chicken, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Carcass display, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Carcass display, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

…or pets…

Hanging out, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Hanging out, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

…or both?

Street dog, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Street dog, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

And sometimes the animals thrive of their own accord, feasting on what we leave behind, and keeping themselves well out of our sight.

Rat spotted, makes quick getaway, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

Rat spotted, makes quick getaway, Shanghai, Urban Nature photo exercise.

If you live in a city, look around next time you walk down the street. You’ll be surprised at all the urban nature you never noticed right outside your front door.

Tomorrow I limit myself to shooting a single block outside our hostel. Should be fun!  

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