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Posted by: KiwiTek 4 January 2014 - 07:25 PM
Nature was a pretty frequent theme in MacGyver. He loved being out in it and there were a number of episodes which worked around aspects of environmentalism, be it animal protection or straight out anti-pollution, nature was never far away from MacGyver. It's certainly something which I picked up on all those years ago and has continued to hold my interest. At the time I was fortunate enough to live next to a decent sized mountain covered in native bush/jungle/forrest (all three) which gave me the opportunity to spend all day hiking around enjoying the wilderness and conjuring up MacGyver adventures in my head.

Later in life, as a solo parent, I've been able to instill that interest in my sons. Our week-ends regularly consist of spending a few hours hiking up rocky mountain streams to hidden water holes and enjoying the serenity of being engulfed by nature. It's provided a perfect bonding and growing environment for all of us. They've gained personal confidence as they climb over boulders and jump into water holes and nature is the perfect place for kids to learn that you've got their back no matter what situation they're in.

Over the past couple of years due to life getting in the way, I've hardly been able to do any of those things, but having recently moved to a house which is nearly at the base of that mountain with a large back yard full of gardens and nature. I've become reacquainted with nature and realizing how much I missed it. It's also reminded me of how important it is to protect the nature we have around us, this doesn't mean becoming an environmental activist, but just doing some basic recycling, putting your trash in the bins when you're out and about, composting your food scraps, if possible, is all it takes to make a difference in your little corner of life and if we pass this mind set onto our children we begin a chain reaction of healthy minds and bodies helping to keep a healthy planet and it all starts just from walking outside and enjoying some nice scenery.

Posted by: lafrance 5 January 2014 - 02:58 AM
In our beautiful forests, people leave in place the detritus of their picnics, and throw the streets tickets, cigarettes, etc... It is very sad, because teenagers and young people do the same thing, without even thinking...

Posted by: Joe SAKic 5 January 2014 - 07:08 AM
Great capture and beautiful terrain, Kiwitek. Oh yes, the underlying nature theme is a huge attraction for myself to the series. I was born in a hollowed out log in a snowbank ( or so it seems biggrin.gif) and so have spent most of my life out-of-doors. The MacGyver series cinematography coupled with the sound effects // soundtrack is exceptional in this regard. Although I've find many of the indoor scenes have not transferred well to DVD, the color, sharpness and angles especially so with the breathtaking Pacific Northwest vegetation and topography is hard to beat.

Incidentally, I've slowly but surely delved into the outdoor & nature photography field over the past few years and recently set up my own site. I'm sure Mac/RDA would give the thumbs up and even managed to get out on a few whale sighting expeditions this past September.

Posted by: YopeGyver 5 January 2014 - 07:58 AM
Beautiful area and photo, Kiwi!

I always loved that fact about the show. Being raised in the country and sharing my father's love for the earth and wildlife around me has made me more aware, I think, of our enviroment and its importance. I love the wooded areas, especially during the winter and fall. So much peace and so much to be seen. Being around nature gives me a sense of freedom and peace that you just can't find anywhere else.

Posted by: denizen 5 January 2014 - 12:39 PM
Absolutely agree. What a way to live. Pressing forth into the future, we have become so technologically dependent that our inner skills are suppressed. We are evolving for technology.

One thing I intend on doing is teaching my son these values. The simple appreciation of life.

Posted by: MDBfan 15 January 2014 - 03:10 AM
QUOTE (Joe SAKic @ 6 January 2014 - 04:08 AM)
Incidentally, I've slowly but surely delved into the outdoor & nature photography field over the past few years and recently set up my own site. I'm sure Mac/RDA would give the thumbs up and even managed to get out on a few whale sighting expeditions this past September.

Wonderful site JoeSAKic!
Love your autumn foliage. My favourite time of the year. smile.gif

Posted by: Joe SAKic 15 January 2014 - 07:08 AM
Oh thanks MDBfan, glad you enjoyed I've tried to include a good cross section of outdoors/nature in so that everyone can see a little something that they can best identify with.

Fun to employ some MacGyverisms into photography as well .... because don't you know that the best shots are always a little too far out on that jagged cliff unsure.gif , or 'slightly' on private property unsure.gif , or behind that house with the grumpy old man and his pack of pitbulls unsure.gif , or 50 feet up that red oak tree unsure.gif, or in the middle of the frozen river with the dodgy ice unsure.gif - etc, etc, etc. hmm.bmp MacG.gif happy_dance.gif

Posted by: Maclover 17 October 2015 - 05:03 AM
It seems a shame that the last post on this thread was more than 18 months ago - I am a nature type person, we don't get to go out and enjoy it due to our location as much as I'd like - the flatlands in the UK are not very inspiring, but we do live on a bit of land and in the last 3 months have built a new pond and resurrected an old one. I can't wait to see if we get spawn and 'taddies' in the spring.

Posted by: Barry Rowland 18 October 2015 - 02:58 AM
I agree Maclover. It sure seemed like a knowledge of nature was one of the core themes of Mac. He knew his stuff when it came to how to utilize nature to get the job done!

Posted by: KiwiTek 4 May 2016 - 04:18 AM
And on the topic of recycling to let nature do it's thing,

Posted by: Barry Rowland 4 May 2016 - 10:22 AM
Right on!! thumbsup.gif MacG.gif

Posted by: Mr Duct Tape 27 January 2017 - 10:30 AM
Lately I've been enjoying the beach a bit more. I live relatively near to a great beach, so everytime the weather is good I bring my dog and we go for a walk near the sea. It's amazing to relax by listening the waves and take in the sun. good times

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Posted by: Barry Rowland 27 January 2017 - 08:13 PM
Way to go Mr. Duct Tape! Some of my favorite times are spent with my Old English Sheepdog listening to the sounds of our stream in our backyard.

Posted by: Maclover 4 February 2017 - 12:26 AM
Beaches are great places Mr Duct Tape (super dog you have too). My current job is within 2 miles of the coast and although I've recently stopped doing so I used to regularly stay over-night. On warm summer nights I'd go to the beach for a walk. It's a big sandy one like the one in your photo and I just enjoyed experiencing the sensory sensations that are 'a beach'.

It has to be said that my personal favourite type of beach is one that has rocks so I can go 'rock pooling'. Even as an adult I still like to take a small net and a bucket and see what I can find and look at for a few minutes before popping things back where I got them from.

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