After spending time sitting in traffic or navigating busy city streets, sometimes a little time in nature is exactly what you need. Quiet forests, snowy hillsides, and crystal-clear bodies of water offer peaceful getaways from the hustle and bustle of daily life. And if you need a little company out in nature, you can always befriend some wildlife, or bring your own furry friend along.
So, how and where should you begin your bonding time with Mother Nature? Here are a few nature enthusiasts on Instagram to follow if you need inspiration to explore the great outdoors.
Explorer and photographer Chris Burkard shares his collection of wilderness shots on Instagram and aims to promote preservation efforts. His account, @chrisburkard, has more than 3.5 million followers. Browse through this photos to see images of smoking volcanoes, sweeping deserts and shimmering seas. Burkard has also published a number of photography books, including “Distant Shores,” “High Tide” and “Under the Arctic Sky.”
The works of French photographer Alex Strohl have appeared in publications like Forbes and Vanity Fair. If you take a quick glance through his Instagram account, @alexstrohl, you’ll see why his photos are so popular. His collection includes majestic shots of frosted wilderness as well as lush, green scenery. He has more than two million followers on Instagram. His book, “Alternative Living,” uses photography to explore the lives of people living close to nature.
Konsta Punkka is a photographer and self-proclaimed squirrel whisperer with a big audience on Instagram. His account, @kpunkka, has more than 1.3 million followers. He has a knack for snapping images of animals looking as expressive as humans. You might even feel a little closer to wildlife after browsing through his collection.
Schrock’s photo collection is filled with shots of humans interacting with nature. For example, you’ll find lots of images of rock climbers, divers and campers enjoying their time outdoors. Of course, wildlife critters also show up for their moment in the spotlight. Schrock’s Instagram account, @everchanginghorizon, has more than 1.1 million followers.
Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen shares his photos with an audience of more than 6.2 million followers on Instagram. Nicklen is also a marine biologist, so expect to see lots of underwater imagery and arctic shots on his account, @paulnicklen. However, you’ll also find a generous amount of land-dwelling creatures as well.
Nicklen is a co-founder of a company called SealLegacy. Its mission is to use art and storytelling to inspire ocean conservation efforts.
So far, we’ve only mentioned nature enthusiasts who have attracted audiences of more than one million followers. But you don’t need millions of followers to make a splash on Instagram. Here are a few influential Instagram users with smaller followings than the aforementioned accounts.
Brian Skerry is a National Geographic photographer with more than 948K followers on Instagram. The images on his account, @brianskerry, focus on all sorts of aquatic creatures, including dolphins, turtles and sharks.
Photographer Ronan Donovan uses his Instagram account, @ronan_donovan, to treat his followers to visual stories. His images don’t shy away from nature’s tender or morbid moments. He has more than 358K followers.
Dutch photographer Claire Droppert has an audience of more than 300K followers on Instagram. Her images reveal a passion for capturing natural scenes with vivid lighting. Horses are common subjects in her pictures, and she you’ll find plenty of beachside scenery. She posts under the handle @claireonline.
Vincent Croce offers up images of foggy forests cut through by beams of light and photos of four-legged exploring wintery terrain. This photographer and filmmaker has more than 116K followers, and he posts under the name @vincentcroce. Follow along for stunning photos of the Netherlands’ wilderness.
Suzi Eszterhas has plenty of photos that reveal the cuter side of nature. This wildlife photographer specializes in capturing images of baby animals looking adorable and interacting with their parents. Her Instagram account, @suzieszterhas, has more than 23.6K followers who can’t get enough of her heartwarming images.
Kristen Bor aims to help teach her followers how to be savvy and responsible outdoors explorers. Her Instagram account, @bearfoottheory, has more than 55.2K followers, and it’s filled with images of her camping, biking and rafting. She also runs a blog with more written advice for aspiring explorers.
Have a brand that revolves around encouraging people to connect with nature? Perhaps you offer camping gear or provide wilderness tours of nearby forests. Or maybe you simply want to promote local conservation efforts. Influencer marketing can prove to be an invaluable strategy for your business. Search for influencers like the ones mentioned above. A partnership with the right influencer can help you engage online audiences and increase brand awareness.