While most people might admit to whiling away the day stalking celebrities on social media, as Green Monsters, we have to admit that our pass time activities are a little different. Instead of flipping through the endless stream of selfies posted on Kimmy K.’s Instagram feed, we’re more interested in the jaw-dropping posts from the U.S. Department of the Interior. We take no shame in admitting we’d rather spend the day staring at crazy photos of trees than flipping through this season’s “must have” tote bags.

The fact is we love nature photos because they are just stinking gorgeous and because we rarely get to experience real sublime nature first-hand. Most of us work in offices that (sadly) don’t include potted plants, let alone full-blown trees, so we have to get our nature fix somewhere!

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While there is very little that parallels the beauty of a sweeping landscape photo, nature photography just wouldn’t be complete without animal subjects. Our world is balanced thanks to the existence of a variety of diverse plant and animal species. The presence of wildlife signals that the ecosystem is healthy and thriving and in our opinion, there is nothing more exquisite than a well-balanced ecosystem. Don’t believe us? Check out these stunning photos of natural settings made even better thanks to the presence of wildlife and see for yourself!

 Kokanee Salmon Running Through the Strawberry River

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeDave Merril/Flickr

A Wild Trail Covered with Butterflies

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeX Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeGavin White/Flickr

 Fireflies Flood the Night

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeMassimo Gugliucciello/National Geographic

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 A Burro’s Backyard

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeMartin Heigan/Flickr

A Tale of Two Mountains

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeX Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeGeoff Wilson/Flickr

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Nature’s Wild Ornaments

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeRachel Kramer/Flickr

Mustangs Reclaim the Wild West

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeTeddy Llovet/Flickr

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The Infallible Beauty of Nature’s Patterns

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeJohn Schnicker/Flickr

Backflips in the Fjord

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeX Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of Wildlifejdegenhart/Flickr

Green Eyes in the Grass

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeTambako the Jaguar/Flickr

Tall-Standing Reeds

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeWildlife Wanderer/Flickr

Fox Rocks

X Natural Places Made Better With the Presence of WildlifeAllan Hopkins/Flickr

 

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So what do you think Green Monsters? Do wildlife make our world 100 times more gorgeous, or what?

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