Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Forest – Nara Forest Dwellers’ Retreat

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Forest! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Nara Forest Dwellers’ Retreat by Seas Reflecting Starlight

The town of Nara, Japan is unique in how the local historical sites blend in to the beautiful winding trails through a forest full of deer. These deer are extremely friendly and used to people, and don’t shy away from walking right up to you (and eating the special deer crackers sold in the shops). Unlike in some other cities where there are tame deer like Miyajima, in which the deer come right into town, in Nara it feels like it is the people who are visiting the deer in their forest home.

What a peaceful forest it is! You wouldn’t expect a popular tourist destination to have such an atmosphere, but it is thanks to the natural surroundings. There are enough small walking trails that it is possible to leave the crowds and the modern world behind, and enter the serene world of small tea houses, ancient temples like Tōdai-ji, and deer who embody their spiritual surroundings.

If I was a deer, I’d want to live in Nara.


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A few shout-outs to some other entries that I liked:

  • photosandpursuits takes us up close to the forest floor for a look at some beautifully brightly colored mushrooms.
  • lagottocattleya shares some poetic thoughts about forests along with some luminous and colorful photos.
  • figliodelgiaguaro shows us a gorgeous waterfall in the middle of the forests of Cameroon.
  • shyraven23 takes us through softly lit trails alongside mossy logs, to aspen groves.

6 thoughts on “Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Forest – Nara Forest Dwellers’ Retreat

  1. Rosemarie says:

    Nice photo. Thank you for the mention. I like your blog. I’m glad you guided me here.

  2. What a fantastic place in Japan – I have never heard of it! Thank you for the pingback.

  3. My pleasure! I highly recommend Nara, and it’s only a 40 minute train ride from Kyoto.

  4. Heather says:

    How beautiful!! And they look so content :)

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