Nature is a prevalent aspect of our life found all over the world; however, civilization and human progress have taken away from its major importance. Nature, not meaning human nature and behavior or the nature of death, but rather the uncivilized nature: the nature in the wild, the animals, the trees, the earth's natural beauties- is a necessity to mankind. Appreciating the natural world's peace and harmony is indeed a calming force in life. In my own life, I know that I would be lost without nature's beauty and its opportunity of escape. Sometimes getting lost in nature, away from the "civilized", man-made world actually allows you to find yourself. For instance, enjoying a sunset or hiking through a mountain feels very liberating and allows you to look into your soul to find yourself, figure out your purpose in life, and figure out who you are and who you want to be. Being around nature definitely creates a vibe of freedom; it shuts out the stresses of life brought upon us by our own selves- humans. Nature is a calming presence that allows us to escape our fast-paced, technological, man-made world. This necessity- the admiration and awareness of nature's beauty- is a common theme that I have noticed throughout the course of this year. I hope that my gallery will successfully portray this theme and its connections to this year's course readings and films. Enjoy!