Life From My Own Perspective. Out Now!

After almost 6 months, Life From My Own Perspective is officially out now! This comes after such a long while, considering the third book, My Journey Through a Lens, was released on the 4th July 2015 (Independence Day). I was initially supposed to start working on this book at the beginning of 2016, but because of coursework and other personal problems in mind, that’s why I stopped working on the book until after I finished the first year of my two-year film and photography course.

This book contains most, if not a lot of the topics I covered on Mother Nature over the course of 2016, but it also focuses on moments that affected me over the course of 2016, so I can guarantee this book will really prove to be an eye-opener for all of you.

This book is a whole lot bigger than the third book, as it contains more than 500+ pages, including some photographs that I have included at the end of the book which show off the best moments of 2016. Also, if you missed out on some of the coverage for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, don’t worry because I have added the coverage to this book as well, so that you’ll be able to catch up on any of the coverage that you may have missed during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

To download your copy of my fourth book, Life From My Own Perspective, please head to the Free Books column located near the bottom of the sidebar. I can guarantee this will be a book worth reading and I’m pleased to say it’s finally available for all of you to read.

Enjoy!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to October!

Welcome to October on Mother Nature! As this month is set to be just as busy as last month, it is safe to say that this month is going to be quite a productive and busy month given my UAL Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course, including my GCSE English & GCSE Maths courses.

Over the course of this month, I will be publishing certain articles that may benefit your interests, one of which focuses on serious problems surrounding a news headline that caused untold controversy in the news just recently. All will be revealed soon in the article which is soon to be published.

Also, following the trip to Dungeness on Friday 23rd September 2016, I will be publishing a large photo set of the Trek to Dungeness, so you can expect the best results from my photo-set.

Whilst I remember, Book #4 is still going to be published but will be published towards the end of this year. It is bigger than how I expected it to be, considering I was initially hoping that the book would be smaller than Book #3, but Book #4 is officially a whole lot bigger than the third, so there is a lot that this fourth book can offer. Book #4, titled: “Life From My Own Perspective” is more or less finished, but I am making some gradual changes beforehand to ensure that the book is easily readable, and that you get a suitable context page that will allow you to flick to a certain page in the book a lot quicker. Book #4 will also be dedicated to my friend who I recently lost to a murder as I want him to be remembered for being the inspirational and aspirational friend that he was to myself and everyone else. I want Book #4 to be my way of saying: “Thank you for leaving such a positive impact on mine and everyone’s lives. You’ll be missed so much but you’ll live on in our hearts forever.

I have got a few articles planned for publishing this month, and I can guarantee to all of you that they will be interesting as I will be making sure to work away at them whilst I find the free time where possible.

Also, as Halloween is just around the corner, it is safe to say that the next few weeks will be interesting considering Halloween will be a talked-about subject for the next few weeks.

Until then, Welcome to October on Mother Nature!

Alex Smithson

Life From My Own Perspective. Out Soon!!!

Following the recent news of the fourth book that I mentioned a short while back, I am pleased to tell you all that Book #4 is almost completed.

Containing over 100+ pages, this book features most of the topics I have published on Mother Nature, including a how-to guide, and quite possibly the drawings I have produced over the past few months.

Although this book is expected to be a whole lot smaller than the third, I have made sure that it is jam-packed with a huge amount of information where possible, and with regards to the sizing of the fonts, I have made sure to size them as best as possible so that they fit to the very end of each page, so that there will be no empty lined spaces while you read through the book.

As well as the topics, I’ve included some articles that I published on Mother Nature to inspire you all in this fourth book, so that you will be able to read them anytime you want and feel inspired for each and every single day.

I am strongly considering adding some photos to the end of the book once the contents page is full, so this will mean that I will add some of the photos I’ve taken over the past year to the end of this book, so that this book is like a documentation of photos and drawings, so that it’s more than just a book.

As always, the book will be free once released and will also join the Free Books column, to which the book will be available for free download via a Dropbox link, which you’ll be taken to directly from the book’s front cover image once it’s ready.

I will be announcing the release date as soon as the book is finished, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled to Mother Nature for when the news of Book #4 is finally announced.

I hope that you’re just as excited as I am about Book #4 and if you are, please feel free to submit feedback below and also feel free to share this news with your friends, your family and everyone else you know.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to July!

Welcome to July on Mother Nature. As today kicks off a long Summer holiday for me and everyone else, I can’t wait to get back to publishing more frequently and I also can’t wait to go to so many places over the Summer holiday.

With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games just around the corner, it’s safe to say that a lot of excitement is on the horizon, and even I am excited for this year’s Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Despite two months of less productivity, I am pleased to say I will now return to publishing articles on a frequent basis now I have the huge bag of free time available. I will be making sure to keep on top of my publishing schedule as I want to make sure to keep to a frequent time frame that will help me to keep as active as possible whilst I am on holiday.

What else? Oh yes, the fourth book I mentioned to all of you about, which was titled: “Life from My Own Photographical Perspective” has been renamed: “Life From My Own Perspective“, as I have decided this time I don’t want it to be based around photography, rather it be around the topics I have already talked about over the course of this year, as well as other things that I have talked about on Mother Nature. I have only just had a chance to start working on the fourth book considering I haven’t been able to get around to doing it considering how much of a busy year I’ve had. Still, at least the good thing is I can get around to getting the book worked on now the huge bag of free time is available.

You can expect there will be a lot of information in this fourth book that will cover certain things, so I will be making sure none of you miss out, as I want to make sure this fourth book, like the other three, is worth reading 🙂 .

I will be making sure to get out more and to also get photos around certain places more so that I can expand on my photography skills a lot more.

Until then, Welcome to July!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to 2016 to an all-new Mother Nature!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to 2016 on Mother Nature!!!!!!!!!! Now that 2015 has finally closed its doors, Mother Nature got the much-needed redesign it truly deserves, and the colours of Mother Nature have finally been changed to accommodate for a maturer appearance, given that Mother Nature has now evolved into more of a presentable appearance.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a lot of housekeeping, as I’ll be taking down some articles and some pictures to free up the website space for Mother Nature. This news comes as I want to get back to my roots fully of doing more photography articles. However, all is not lost though, because any articles I do take down will have their spaces filled with some new articles, as I want Mother Nature to focus more on photography, but also on certain interests, as I don’t want to talk too much about one thing, knowing full well that the whole idea of this website is to be a photography site.

Also, a Revised Edition of my third book: “My Journey Through a Lens” will be released soon, in accordance to the articles I take down, as I’ll be doing some changes to the third book, by taking some bits out that I won’t be keeping in, but will also be filling those spaces in as well, just like what I’ll be doing with the articles that I’ll be taking down. Please don’t worry too much though about the third book, as some much-needed corrections need to be done. The book is okay the way it is, but I feel it would be fair if I actually did some corrections to the book, so that you get more of a chance of reading it a lot better.

In light of the housekeeping I’ve been doing, I have done away with The Mix of 2015 Spotify Playlist, and just like I did last year, I have now added The Mix of 2016 Spotify Playlist to Mother Nature.

Also, with regards to the website’s layout, some tidying is required, which means some things are being removed or re-worked, and with regards to the tabs, I will be making sure to remove and re-add certain tabs so that there is an easier way for you all to get to the desired article you want to view.

This year is going to be about photography, de-cluttering and making things better, as I want to make sure Mother Nature has an independent and more grown-up look.

To end the first article of 2016 on a high note, I bring fantastic news, after doing a lot of editing work with making sure the new look was ready, I’ve made some wallpapers that will work on any device of your choice, whether it would be a tablet device, a smartphone, a computer or a laptop. All of them are available now for free download below.

To kick 2016 off with a bang, I want to say to you all:

Welcome to 2016 on Mother Nature!!!!!!!!!!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to November!!! A Bitter Cold & Chilly Month Awaits!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Mother Nature for a bitter cold and chilly November. This month sees the cold and bad weather getting even worse, with patches of mist and fog which opened November to a near-wintry landscape.

As the next few weeks are going to be very busy for me, considering I’ve got my studies to worry about, among other things, I’ll try my best to publish some more articles like last month, though I must say that it was the first time ever this year that I actually published more than 10+ articles, as most of this year I’ve only published up to 5, 6 and 7 over the course of the year, but last month was quite an energetic month on record for me, considering that October was the busiest month of the year, given that I also had a lot of work to do.

How I was able to fit the time in where possible is beyond me, though I’m actually pleased that I was able to surpass the target for the amount of articles I wanted to publish this year, though my aims are to get more than 10, if not, maybe more than 15 articles out, as I want to try and make sure I publish more and not less.

Yes, there will be certain stages where I won’t be able to do as many articles as I want, considering I’ll be taking exams and completing work for my course, which is something I’ve taken into full consideration, but I’m making sure that my priorities stay as balanced as possible, by doing a balanced amount of work, and also a balanced amount of articles and everything else in that matter, so that I can make sure that everything stays in the right places where possible.

As the time has flown so fast this year, I will, just like last year, be taking a full look back on all of the articles that were published over the course of this year, as this will be useful for when I do my fourth book, which reminds me, I have some good news on hand.

My fourth book, which I have long teased, will be out sometime next year, and will be 100% a free download on Mother Nature when it’s finished and published, and the name of the fourth book, which I am pleased to reveal is called: “Life from My Own Photographical Perspective“.

This fourth book will talk about how I see life from my own photographical perspective, as well as a large number of articles that I’ve published on Mother Nature. Just like the past three books, I will be making sure that the book is full of new information, and if possible, I’ll be making sure to add some articles to the book that I’ve published this year, so that when it comes to the book being released sometime next year, I will be able to give all of you the chance to take a reflective look back on yesteryear, that’s 2015, not 2014, just to prevent confusion :D.

I am absolutely excited to be making this fourth book, but the front and back covers have been designed in the same third-book style, but with two different colours that will make the book look and feel more like an eco-friendly book to look at. But, for now, I can’t wait to release the book sometime during 2016, which will also be a kind of landmark year for me, as I’ll be 18 in June :-).

To conclude, November also sees the start of a 30-day run of the landmark Movember cause, where every man in the world grows a beard and doesn’t cut their beard off at all until the month is over and December starts. Unfortunately for me I can’t do it because I’m starting to develop a slight hint of facial hair, but I probably won’t have a beard for some time yet. The good news though is I can make the most of this month with writing and publishing articles on Mother Nature, to make up for Movember as well :-).

Until then, welcome to November!!! A Bitter Cold & Chilly Month Awaits!!!

Alex Smithson

Welcome to September!!!!!!!!! A Hard Working & Energetic Month Awaits!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Mother Nature for an Autumnal September!!! As this month is set to start getting a little, if not, a bit more chilly what with the bad weather we’ve had that caused the Summer washout for August, this month is set to be hard working and energetic, as I am feeling more than ready to go back to college next Tuesday, as I’ve officially been accepted onto the UAL Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course, which I can’t wait to start, but as well as that, this will mean that I will, of course, have to try and find the time to write articles as and when I can, as I’m making sure to prioritise my time effectively this time around, as this past year has given me the kick up the backside I definitely needed.

As the long holiday comes to an end, I am delighted to say that I have absolutely enjoyed it, though I must admit, it’s been more relaxing now than it was before, but I just find it very hard to believe that I’ve come this far in such a short time, and I didn’t think I would be in the best position that I’m in now.

But back to the subject of things, I may possibly end up having to publish less frequently as I will be putting my course first, among other subjects that I will also be doing, but I will try my hardest to publish as and when I can find the time. Thankfully, this time around, my studies may be a bit more relaxed as I have now been able to prioritise my time more effectively on my studies, this website, and everything else.

I will be starting on Book 4 soon, but I don’t know exactly whether I will release it this year or at the start of next year, so my mind will be focused around that as soon as I start my course.

Other than that, how has your holiday been everyone? I would be delighted to know what you’ve done over the holidays. Please feel free to leave a comment below this article what you did over the Summer holiday :-).

Until then, Welcome to September on Mother Nature!!! A Hard Working & Energetic Month Awaits!!!!!!

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: July 2015

To round off what has been an exciting, eventful, energetic and incredible month, I will now take a look back on the articles that have been published over the course of this month.

1.7.2015 – I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for what would be a scorching hot July. This month was set to be an energetic and relaxing month, despite the hot weather. I also mentioned that my third book was finally reaching the completion stage, which was a fantastic sign, as I was itching to get the book finished and ready for release.

2.7.2015 – After a year of hard work, studying and revision, I was absolutely pleased to tell all of you that I had officially, as of this day, passed my UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course with a high Merit grade. This news came in light of the 8 units that I had completed and passed, with a Distinction on my research, which had resulted in me getting that high Merit grade for the whole course overall. I was also delighted to tell all of you that I had also received two certificate from Croydon College that day, one of which celebrates the outstanding achievement in terms of my exemplary attendance, while the other had celebrated my outstanding achievement I’ve made in terms of excellent achievement.

3.7.2015 – After 9 months of working on Book #3, I was absolutely pleased to tell you all that: “My Journey Through a Lens” would officially be out on Independence Day at 6:00 PM. The news of this book release finally came, as I had just finished up work on the book that day (and night), which had left me then to just prepare it so that it was officially ready for release the following day.

The book would contain over 400+ pages, and this book was indeed my largest book to date. It was originally going to be released towards the end of May, but because of the fact I had my college studies and revision to worry about, I had to hold off the released of the book to allow myself a lot more time to finish up the book and to also finalise it, so that it would give me a lot more time to work on it.

In terms of this book, some of the book would focus mainly around the photographical work that I have published on Mother Nature, and not only that, but most of the book itself would also focus around my own interests, as well as Croydon College.

4.7.2015 – After 9 months of hard work, effort and designing, My Journey Through a Lens finally became available as of this day. As the book was over 400+ pages long, this book was indeed the largest book I had ever made, which followed up from my previous book: “A Year in Photography”, which was released on the 1st September 2014. In this book, I talked about 6 historical icons, as well as musicians, from Ben Haenow to Madonna, and not only that, but I had also dedicated this book to a small number of people that I mentioned, including those that had passed away most recently. As of this day, you can now officially download my third book: “My Journey Through a Lens”, which is available now under “Free Books“.

9.7.2015 – Spinning back the clock to 1998, Crash Bandicoot: Warped was the 3rd, most popular installment in the series of Crash Bandicoot. Crash Bandicoot: Warped continues from where Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, left off. I wrote this review because I thought it would be good to relive the nostalgic days of gaming, when games were much better compared to some of the games that are around today. Some of the games that are around nowadays tend to leave little to the imagination, especially for those that are younger than the age that is given on the game’s PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) rating. Overall, I think the game is perfect, and it is one of the top-of-the-class games that you just can’t miss. To end this review, I gave the game an overall rating of 10/10.

13.7.2015 – On this day, the world lost a true gaming icon. Satoru Iwata of the worldwide gaming company, Nintendo, sadly passed away on Saturday 11th July 2015 at the age of 55 from cancer, following complications from a bile duct growth. On the same day, Nintendo had issued an official statement, which had documented the news of Satoru Iwata’s passing. To me, this was a massive shock, as I had only just found out the news of his death on the same day, and not only had his death shocked me, but his death had also been a massive shock to the gaming world. To pay tribute to Satoru Iwata, I would take a look back on his life as it unfolded, and the highlights of his career up until his death.

On that final note, thanks so much for an energetic, eventful, relaxing and perfect month, and I’ll see you all in August :-).

Alex Smithson

P.S. Here is the book in its physical glory :-).

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The Nostalgia of Yesteryear.

It’s very hard to believe, it was almost one year ago that I finished school, the time just flies by like a shot. If you want me to be honest, I knew my time at primary school had gone quick, but for 5 years to come and go in a flash, it doesn’t feel like I left school.

Almost one year ago, I started my UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course at Croydon College, and in that short space of time, between September & now, it’s just gone like a blip, but the good thing is, I’ve been accepted onto the Level 3 Lens-Based Media Course for September, just weeks before I finish this course. By being accepted on to this course before I even finish the course I am currently on, this will give me the chance to make my photographical skills much better than before.

In all honesty, I hate the thought of the time flying so fast, because before you know it, you’ll get to a certain age and wonder where all of that time went. I just find it very hard to believe that the time flies so fast, but, like they say, time flies when you’re having fun.

In my eyes, I always believe that it’s good to make the most of the time that you’ve got on this mortal coil of a planet that we call Earth, because it’s wise to make the most of the time you’ve got now, and make sure to make something good out of it, because it will never come around ever again.

What I find very hard to believe is how quick the time goes, because you don’t realise just how quick it goes until you’ve finished your primary and secondary school years, and it’s when you move on to the last two years of your secondary education for college that you begin to realise: “Where has 16 years of my life gone?” Although I sometimes think that, I’ve realised that I want to make the most of the time that I still have whilst I’m still in secondary education.

College has been great this past year, and I won’t lie to you, I have enjoyed college. As I prepare to take on the two-year Level 3 Lens-Based Media Course, which begins in September, this will give me the chance to prepare for the kind of materials I am going to need for the course, which will run until 2017.

Croydon College has an extremely large range of opportunities in store, and it is also a fantastic college, because whatever course you choose to take on at this college, they give you all of the help and support that you feel you may need, and the staff at this college are very supportive, and they would do anything to make sure that you get to go in the right direction that you want to go in for the future.

There is one thing I always believe in, and that is to be yourself, because being yourself means that you get to take full control of the things that you want to do in life, and not be controlled by those who have their own lives to worry about. Be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that you can’t do something that you want to do. If you want to do something that could benefit your chances of success, go for it. Don’t let anyone hold you back, in fact, don’t let anyone control your life. Control your own life in the style that you want, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Control your own life in the way that you want, but for all of the right reasons.

With Mother Nature coming up to its 2-Year Anniversary on the 6th June 2015, it is absolutely fantastic to know that Mother Nature has gotten stronger in just the short space of two years. It was also around this time last year that I started work on my second book: “A Year in Photography“, which is available for free download under “Free Books“. This was a rather dangerous risk for me to take though, considering the fact that I had my exams to worry about, four of which I passed, with the final result being that I got 6 GCSEs out of the four exams I managed to pass.

With my third book: “My Journey Through a Lens” being almost ready for release, this book is set to be the loftiest book I have ever produced, with this book being expected to cross over the 400-page mark. In turn, I have worked on this book throughout almost the whole entirety of my UAL Level 2 Art & Design Course, as I have balanced my coursework, this website, and also my work on this third book effectively.

With my 17th birthday coming up shortly, which has come around awfully quick due to how much of a busy year I’ve had, I have got some bits and pieces of artwork to submit & prepare beforehand, before all of my Final Major Project work goes on show privately, and to the public. Hopefully, this time around, I won’t feel as stressed as I did last year after I finished my exams. I have found this year to be less stressful, given the fact I’ve only been doing 4 subjects at Croydon College, which are Art & Design, English, Maths and Enrichment.

Sacrifices have been made down the line, and although I may have not been happy to make sacrifices for certain things initially, I am glad to have made those sacrifices, as they have helped me to become far better at the things I can now do.

Before I made those sacrifices, I admit, I used to be laid-back, and I would leave a lot of my work to the last minute, which would make me panic the night before, but after making those sacrifices, I have been able to keep on top of my work, I have also been able to find the time to write and publish articles on Mother Nature, and as well as that, I have been able to work on this third book, which is out soon.

In life, we all have to make sacrifices in order to become better at certain things we weren’t better at before, and by making sacrifices, this will make us all become stronger in ourselves, all of us will also believe in ourselves more for the sacrifices we’ve made, and at the end, all of the hard work and effort will pay off. Make sacrifices to make ends meet, and also make sacrifices so that all of the hard work and effort you’ve made pays dividends.

The colours I’ve used, which are Purple & Green, are how I sense nostalgia, as those two colours combined symbolise my own nostalgic views with reality.

If you have nostalgic views with reality that focus back to yesteryear, please feel free to comment below.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to May!!!!! A Relaxing & Delightful Month Awaits!!!!!

Hello everyone, and welcome to May on Mother Nature!!!!! As this month begins on a relaxing and delightful note, I wanted to take the chance to ring in the nice and lovely weather that the UK has been getting most recently. I absolutely love this weather, as it is not too hot, not too cold, but just right, even though there has been a bit of a breeze which has been quite cold, though I’ve managed quite well to just brave the cold breeze.

May is also the month of the year where the Whitsun season kicks in, with the Whitsun holiday being set to fall on Sunday 24th May 2015. As there is a month left to go until the start of Summer arrives, this will be the perfect time to make the most of these next few weeks while the temperature is just right, as we will all need to prepare ourselves for any of the scorching hot weather which is set to arrive around the end of June, into July.

In about 5 to 6 weeks from now, Mother Nature will be celebrating its 2nd Year on WordPress, as this website was started up on the 6th June 2013, and for Mother Nature to come this far in that time, I feel so proud to have come this far and I also feel proud to have achieved a huge amount in that time. It gives me the absolute pleasure to say a massive thank you to every single one of you, because without you all, my friends, my family, and even my teachers, I wouldn’t have got this far. Again, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I love you all so much, and I want to make sure that the journey continues forever.

There is exciting news in store for this month, as I will be finishing up work on my third book, which is being penned for a release sometime around the end of this month, so I will be working my socks off as much as I can to make sure that this book is completed and ready for release. Don’t worry, this book will be free to download, and will become available for download on the day of its release in the Free Books Widget.

This book is set to not just be the biggest book I will have ever produced, but it will also be the longest ever book I’ve written over the course of around 7 months. Packed with over 300+ pages, this book will focus around some of the photographical articles I have created and published on Mother Nature, as well as some of the articles that focus entirely on many other different subjects that I have covered.

6 Case Studies will also be included in this book, which will focus around some notable historical icons of our past time, and as well as this, there will be some pages that focus on the musical songstress, Madonna, following the recent release of her 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart, with our Croydon lad, Ben Haenow, the X Factor Winner of 2014 (WE LOVE YOU BEN!!!!!), being featured in this book.

I have so much in this book to offer to all of you, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed, because I have been making sure to fine-tune this book and correct any possible mistakes that have been made along the way, and I have also been very cautious as to how I have created this book, because I want to make sure that it’s perfect for all of you to read, and that this book doesn’t suffer from any form of confusion.

Aside from that, there is a lot I have to offer in store for this month, so stay tuned for the latest updates on the articles that I publish.

Until then, Welcome to May!!!!! A Relaxing & Delightful Month Awaits!!!!!

Alex Smithson