The merits of nature photography as a retreat from street

My answer to the question of why i'm taking pictures often alludes to personal work, the building of a portfolio and now, this blog, but this seldom satisfied even myself. I hadn't needed an answer as such and, "it's a hobby," doesn't seem to cut it.
I'd recently taken up digital photography again, and begun to walk around my neighbourhood and adjacent suburbs in search of images. This habit struck some people who would witness it as odd, or suspicious, and hence they surmised that my photographing around their homes should be tantamount to criminality —my race does more ail than aid here. Suspicions mounted, and their sum was the crescendo of my being 'apprehended'.
I was accosted by a squad of armed security contractors during one of my walks, and asked to elucidate the purpose of my walking around and taking photos, if it were indeed not to facilitate break-ins. I was incensed during the ordeal, flung profanities, and felt the pangs of indignation for a couple of days, but subsequently distanced myself from the style of suburban images which I was exploring at the time, and began to shoot nature and take frequent walks to a local lake. The process is solitary, meditative, and even serves to cool one's temper. The following photographs are from some of those visits.


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