Blessed are those who live in the lap of nature, away from the stress of urban life. The recent pandemic has left many of us waiting eagerly to make contact with mountains, explore hidden forests, and take in the sea breeze. We may not be able to do all that for a while, but thanks to cutting-edge technology, we know how to get our nature fix: webcams.
In real time, we can witness how elusive animals live their lives in forests, what secrets lie beneath the deep ocean and find solidarity in sloth bears during quarantine. Here are a few you must check out.
It’s a different kind of joy when you take a trip to a sanctuary and observe animals in their natural habitats. In this digital era, you can simply log on and watch wildlife webcams to witness them enjoying themselves in the wild. Farallon National Wildlife Refuge is home to 13 species of seabirds, five species of seals and great white sharks which inhabit the surrounding waters. Africam offers plenty of options to choose from: cams in South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt, and North America. Wolves are one of the most elusive species on earth but fret not, with the International Wolf Center cam you can watch them patrol their territory, play and eat through the center’s high quality camera. All you have to do is be patient.
Longing to feel the wind in your hair, the warm sun on your face and the salty scent of sea in your nose? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait some more to do that in the real world, but that doesn't mean you can’t watch the sea and dream. Marvel at the emerald green waters of Paleokastritsa Beach in Greece, take in the stunning view at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, and don’t miss the gorgeous sunsets at the beaches of Santorini.
Experience the wonder of the ocean like never before. Glimpse the ethereal views of the stunning yet deadly jellyfish swimming in dark waters, delight at the merry colours of coral reefs, laugh at the funny antics of adorable sea otters or witness how baby penguins eat, sleep and go about their day, all the while looking cute as a button.
Mountaineering is not everyone’s cup of tea but your quest to take in gorgeous views of deep valleys and lofty peaks is not a far-fetched dream. Be it world heritage sites like Mt Etna, the dreamy and quaint mountain village of Colfosco in Alta Badia, the Beech Mountain in USA or these snow-capped mountains — there is a lot to discover.
People-watching can be quite an interesting thing to do, especially now that everyone holed up in their houses, only stepping out for essentials. While some countries have it bad, others have relaxed their lockdowns. Nevertheless, it is a fun activity to observe previously crowded spots, such as heritage sites, market areas or just street views in populated cities. And who knows, you might even discover some fun new places to bookmark for your post-COVID travel bucket list.