Ready for takeoff © Misja Smits/Minden Pictures
Anybody with a camera can celebrate Nature Photography Day with us today. That element of inclusion is one of the main points of this observance. Chances are your mobile device has a camera, so you’re already equipped to participate. And even if you live in the deepest reaches of the urban jungle, somewhere near you is a place where you can get a dose of nature—a park, for example, or even the planter box on your fire escape. Go to that spot with your camera, and start snapping photos. They don’t have to be works of art. It can be an exercise in paying attention to the natural world, and maybe—just maybe—you’ll end up with something like this shot of a seven-spot ladybug, wings unleashed and about to take flight. Have fun!