Reflections: Nature writing from the University of Georgia

Planet Forward is proud to host a series of nature writing articles created by students of the University of Georgia. Below is a note of thanks written by Professor Anandam Kavoori.

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Thank you for taking time to read these short nature writing reflections. They were written by students in an Environmental Communication class at the University of Georgia. Students wrote these reflections alongside reading essays on the concept of Biophilia. The late naturalist, Edward O. Wilson suggested that humans possess an innate urge to seek connections with nature and affiliate with other forms of life—Biophilia.

These reflections are also informed an understanding of the role of experience (sensorial) and Place based writing. Place refers to the idea that ecological, cultural and mediated understandings of the environment are primarily experienced through a Place—a sandbox, a favorite bench in a favorite park, a mountain, a beach. A focus on Place allows for an emotional connection to issues of conservation that an issue or theme-based approach to environmental communication typically does not. The places these reflections engage with are varied, including those near students homes (a backyard, a porch, ridge, a river) or in far flung locations—Utah, Copenhagen, the Okefenokee Swamp, Costa Rica, China, and Cloudland Canyon.

-Anandam Kavoori, Professor, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication                                                                              

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The author canoes in a river in Georgia.

Canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. (Photo courtesy Clint Hawkins)

University of Georgia
Escape into the wondrous Okefenokee Swamp. Alligators, cypress trees, egrets, oh my!
The author as a young girl, standing in an orchard at her grandparents' farm.

A picture of me from when I was younger, standing in an orchard on my grandparents' farm. (Lei Zhi Kun)

University of Georgia
Floating back in time–to a village in China. Grandma’s village.
A black and white image of Bryce Canyon, seen from above.

A panoramic overlooking Bryce Canyon, Utah at a roadside view point on the evening of July 8, 2016. (Lauren Minnick)

University of Georgia
A mom-daughter story in the red dust of Utah canyons. There’s running involved. Join us.