What is nature?

Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.

- wikipedia

picture of a Protea Flower

Protea Flower, an example of a flowering plant, a typical natural object. image: R.Conan-Davies

Explaining nature can come from a various angles. But the most useful method for investigating nature and how it works is through science


But more usually when we speak of 'nature' we mean the natural world in the sense of it not being manipulated or altered by human technology. So when people use the expression Getting back to nature  it really means exposing your yourself to raw aspects of nature such as wind, sun, sand, trees or seeing animals and plants.

The origin of the word 'nature'

The word 'nature' has it's origins in Latin, meaning 'to be born' from the verb nasci. Recall the word nascent also means 'coming into existence'

Much of our knowledge of the workings of nature comes from science.

Typical topics and components of nature include:


image of a white lion

Image of a rare white lion Panthera leo krugeri. a type of mammal. image: R.Conan-Davies



A land plant with an insect highlights the intimate interdependent relationship between plants and animals. image: R.Conan-Davies



An antarctic copepod (Calanoida ) is regarded as a type of plankton (about 1-2 mm long). image: wikipedia

Forces of nature

Space, Cosmos and the universe