How nature can help you find your muse
Mother Nature with all her awe inspiring beauty and magic has a lot to offer the creative thinkers and innovators of the world. Next time you find your idea basket a few muse apples short, try going to nature and find yourself reaping the fruits of new ideas and perspectives.
A few years ago, I visited Bryce Canyon and as I gazed down upon the spires of red granite rising out of the floor of this natural amphitheatre, I found myself thinking of vast metropolis. This forest of rock reminded me of a city full of tall building and I cannot help but wonder if the people who built the first skyscrapers, first saw rock outcroppings like this one and then thought to themselves, “Hmmm, that just might work.”
When it comes to big building ideas, Nature seems to always think of it first. Before they became structures of concrete and metal, the first stadiums were amphitheatres formed by natural events. The pyramids were built to resemble mountains in the distances. Fallen trees were the very first expansion bridges. Nature has been inspiring us to build and create since time immemorial, and even the technologically advanced builders of today still go back to nature in order to find new methods and ideas.
Nature can inspire all aspects of creativity. Just as an architect can find new building innovations in a spider web found in the forest, an artist can find a new idea for a painting in a field of wild flowers and a photographer can find an opportunity watching a majestic buck pace through the autumn colored forest. For every type of creative endeavor, nature can help bring about new direction and help change your perspective by bringing forth new and profound ideas. Next time you are looking for your muse, why not try finding it within nature. Go to a National Park or a local regional park. Go anywhere in which you will find yourself ensconced by Mother Nature so that you may witness the magic and majesty of her ways and discover new muses within her midst.
For instance, if you are an artist looking for new drawing angles, you could go to a forest and look up at some very old and very large trees. The sheer enormity of the trees might help alter your perception of scale and lead to new drawing ideas. Or, if you are a musician looking for a new background sound for your latest song, you might be able to find it in a busy field of wild birds getting ready for the dawn. You might find yourself listening to the chirpy twitters of a certain bird and decide that it is the sound bite you need to bring everything together.
Nature is full of good ideas and inspirations. Now all you got to do is find a good a nice pair of hiking boots.