Nature

Nature tourism: responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.

It is tourism based on the natural attractions of an area. Examples include birdwatching, photography, stargazing, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and visiting parks. These experiential tourists are interested in a diversity of natural and cultural resources. They want what is real, and they want to be immersed in a rich natural, cultural, or historical experience.

From the standpoint of conservation, nature-based tourism provides incentives for local communities and landowners to conserve wildlife habitats upon which the industry depends – it promotes conservation by placing an increased value on remaining natural areas. As nature tourism becomes more important to the local economy, communities have additional incentive to conserve their remaining natural areas for wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts.

The nature-based tourism efforts in Texas will continue to focus on achieving habitat conservation by providing information and assistance to private landowners, communities, businesses, and local community leaders wishing to make nature-based tourism an integral part of their business and community. By empowering people at the local level, we hope to build and provide guidance to a growing industry that holds great promise for sustainable economic development and conservation of wildlife habitat.

Source: https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/land/programs/tourism/what_is/

A Photoshoot With a Leaf Insect

The Phasmatodea (also known as Phasmida or Phasmatoptera) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects in Europe and Australasia; stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks in the United States and Canada; or as phasmids, ghost insects or leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The group’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek φάσμα phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, referring to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves.

What a flower can do…

May it be a wildflower or a colourful rose, flowers always know how to make a first impression. They are compelling and capable of making anyone fell in love at first sight. Flowers also another mysterious yet so fascinating creation of nature. Sometimes I wonder how much of thinking, planning, designing and time would it take for mother nature to design one flower perfectly. Design, structure, colours, patterns then fragrance are perfected combined into an excellent piece of art. People use flowers for all most every occasion. Weddings, funerals, parties sick days you name it … flowers fit any occasion […]