Hey there! My name is Lavanya Prakash. Here’s a little about me…

I discovered my love for nature through photography.  Through the lens of the camera, my eyes opened to nature’s finer details, and more importantly, the beauty of the biodiversity in my home, Singapore. I started this blog when I was 12, to share my pictures with interesting facts, photos and my thoughts about national parks, national reserves and other trails in Singapore and beyond.

Little did I know that my blog would catapult me into this journey to discover my life purpose and passion- environmentalism. I now live with a larger purpose in this world- that is to help protect and save the environment and Mother Earth. She’s a gift given to us – with beauty and grace in everything she contains, providing us with everything we & the millions of other earthlings need. We need to listen to the oceans, seas, forests, mangroves, beaches, our towns and cities too ~ they are sending a message of alarm and warning us of catastrophe if we don’t act soon to preserve Earth’s precious biodiversity.

I am currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies (specializing in Biology) in the National University of Singapore (NUS). I like that the course is interdisciplinary in nature, and we get the opportunity to engage in environmental problems from the lens of science, public health, law, business and other disciplines. Beyond academics, it has been an enriching experience to meet like-minded people, contribute to green groups in university and enact sustainability initiatives. Lately, I have also been involved in climate advocacy and getting a taste of work experience through internships. Apart from sharing my photography as usual on my blog, I can’t wait to share what I learn as I evolve, learn and grow as an environmentalist.

My other hobbies and interests include singing, Indian classical dance, playing the violin, poetry writing, baking, and cooking.

By reading this blog I hope you take away one thing. Take a moment to connect to nature instead of wifi. Besides the wellness benefits of being in nature, it can help unleash your inner environmentalist. Because how can you care about something you do not love or are connected to?

Please feel free to write your thoughts about my blog posts in the comments, or contact me directly. I love to hear from people! I hope you join me as I continue discovering, exploring and unleashing the beauty of nature.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It really means a lot to me! Thanks so much for reading my blog! 🙂

      1. What a wonderful compliment! Thank you very much! It would be nice to keep in touch with you and perhaps, in the future, we may be able to meet and work on photography projects together! 🙂

  1. That would be great!! I’d love to learn some of your amazing photography skills, and bake those delicious cakes on your blog:-) Thanks for stopping by again!

  2. The photos you take are splendid. I’m impressed by your creativity and maturity – not many 12-year-olds can write like this. Do keep writing and taking your lovely photos. 🙂

  3. Hello,dear Prakash .The TEDx Youth brings me to here.i also like to take pics about the nature.the pics u post here are awesome,keep going and hope u will become an excellent national geographic photographer.^_^

    1. Hi Kiat! Thank you so much for your kind comment. Of course you can share my blogposts on your facebook page- I would love that! Lavanya

  4. WOW!!! You really are amazing. Your knowlege of natural history is quite astounding! I had a great time reading this blog. You have met some pretty amazing people too. I didn’t know there was another teen in Singapore blogging about birds and butterflies and whatnot. You certainly are quite inspiring. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences!!!

    1. Thank you so much, that’s so sweet of you to say! I just went through your blog, and I absolutely love your pictures. You’re an amazing artist as well!! I’m going to be an avid follower of your blog and work now! 🙂 Maybe one day we can go butterfly watching together!

  5. Hey Lavanya! I really love your blog 😀 especially your birds because my sister and I have a blog on birdwatching in Singapore (in case you’re interested: http://birdencountersofabalconykind.wordpress.com ) we’re beginners at blogging so if you have any tips, it’ll be greatly appreciated 😉
    You really catch such great creatures and your photos are gorgeous 😀 Thanks for sharing all your brilliant photos with us!!

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment.. You’re really sweet 🙂 I just read your blog, it’s really good! I love your pictures and you guys have a real passion for birds. Georgina is also a good friend of mine and my mother’s, it look’s like she’s really inspired you both! Do continue documenting your journey in birdwatching..Maybe one day we could all go birdwatching together! 😛

  6. Hey Lavanya, thank you very much for your visit to my blog. You’re right in your bio here, we’re all glued way too much to our devices. I’m impressed with your love for Nature and your photography; keep it going! Good luck to you.

    1. Thank you so much Anita 🙂 I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog! Good luck to you as well, I really like your pictures!

  7. Thanks for taking a look and my blog, and deciding to follow it. I’m afraid that it has been neglected recently due to other pressures on my time. Hopefully my blogging efforts will return to normal sometime soon. A quick look at your content had impressed me. Hopefully it will also inspire me to more effort.

    1. No problem, my pleasure! And thank you for stopping by my bog as well 🙂 You have some incredible pictures, so please keep your blog going 🙂 looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  8. Hi Lavanya! Your blog is just amazing! The pictures are beautiful!, your writing style unique and your posts are very informative! Will surely spend more time going through all of your posts now. Great job here! Keep it up! Definitely following! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words 🙂 I can say the very same for your blog too!

  9. Hi Lavanya, thanks for connecting with me. I was very impressed when I visited your blog recently but am even more so now that I’ve found the time to watch your Ted Talk. I hope that you will keep inspiring people of all ages to connect with nature. As a former Singapore resident, I am enjoying your blog, with so many familiar creatures. If you still haven’t see the Crimson sunbird, hang around the orchid gardens in the Botanic Gardens. That was a happy hunting ground for me. 🙂

    1. Hi David! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I’m so glad to hear from you! actually have seen the Crimson sunbird, but not in Botanical gardens! I will go to the orchid gardens, (thank you for mentioning that) because I still haven’t photographed it properly 🙂 Thanks a lot for your kind words and taking the time to watch my Ted Talk also! I really appreciate it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! Likewise for you my friend! 🙂 It’s so inspiring to see you raise awareness for the animals with no voice.

  10. Lavanya, thank you for following our adventures in sailing and photography. Like you we enjoy nature, and wildlife. Plenty to get inspired with and indulge your passion!

  11. Your photos are indeed lovely!! I know that you will find both your photographic and WordPress journeys fun and rewarding!! I appreciate that you visited my neck of woods to become part of my journey too!! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, Judy! Thank you for the kind words too! I’m definitely enjoying my experience both in photography and blogging! Especially when I get to connect with people like you- I get inspired to improve and do better! 🙂

  12. By coincidence, a pair of Indian Grey Hornbills visited my home, too, near Delhi. These birds are slightly smaller than the ones you saw and were shy birds, hiding in the trees.

    Your website is very nice…really enjoyed the content. Thanks.

    1. Wow, that’s amazing! I’ve never seen Grey hornbills before. Oriental Pied hornbills were previously extinct in Singapore, but after reintroduction they are now being sighted more frequently in Singapore as they seem to be adapting to the urban environment. Your blog is great too! Looking forward to reading more of your posts, keep it up 🙂

  13. Beautiful blog you have Lavanya…..nice to see your love for nature and your elegant posts…..keep it up. It’s nice to connect.

    1. Dear Tom and Audrey, It’s so lovely to meet you too. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, you have a lovely blog too 🙂 It is so nice to be able to read about the nature and culture in the other side of the world through blogs like yours. I am so jealous of your beautiful dog, I’ve been wanting one since forever 🙂

      1. Hi Lavanya. We so enjoy your site filled with rich stories and photos. We just love nature and we can see you do too. Our Emma girl sure is a sweet chocolate lab and she loves to travel and meet new people so you’re gonna have to come this way and meet her.

  14. Hey Lavanya! I don’t know what got me here all of a sudden, but I start reading one post, and just can’t stop! I love the passion and your drive to spread awareness about something that is around all of us, but many leave unnoticed or moreso, mistreat it. Your blog is absolutely fantastic, and starting at the age of 12 is unbelievable! You’re mom and dad must be so proud! Stay fabulous my friend 😉

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