Why do people see a lot of nature photos?
A recent survey from the National Geographic Society found that people are far more likely to see a picture of a wild animal than they are to see one of a human in the same location.
People are also far more willing to see images of animals and plants in natural settings than they used to be, the survey found.
The survey, published on Monday, found that 57% of Americans have seen at least one picture of wildlife in their lifetime, up from 45% in 2010.
And while 70% of people have seen a photo of a plant in the wild, that number is down from 86% in 2008.
This isn’t the first time that people have taken to the Internet to share their favorite wildlife photos.
In 2016, the Smithsonian Institution posted a series of images of butterflies and other insects from its collection, along with a caption that read, “If you’ve never seen an insect, now is the time to take a trip to the desert.”
While many of the images have been shared widely, the study finds that people often feel a disconnect between the images they see and the reality of nature.
“People tend to be much more emotional about the world around them,” said study co-author Anne Leibovits.
“It’s very difficult for us to communicate that it’s actually beautiful and that we are living in a beautiful place.”
People may have experienced a loss of the sense of awe and wonder that can come from a closer view of nature, Leibovait said.
People often find it difficult to imagine a more beautiful place than the one they live in, she said.
“So, what does it say about our experience of nature?
I think it means that there’s a sense of wonder that we haven’t experienced before, which is the reason we see things in the first place,” Leibovich said.