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If your work requires you to be constantly online, it’s easy to feel detached from the natural world. Going for a walk now and then helps a lot, but if you can’t get away, knowing about the right sites can help.

Today, Cool Websites and Apps explores five sites that bring the natural world to your computer, tablet, or phone. We’ve got photos, documentaries, live cameras, and even GIFs of animals and natural wonders.

It’s not a full alternative to a hike, sure, but it can help.

Explore.org: Live Nature Webcams

The best way to experience nature is to get out there and explore. If you’re stuck at your desk, though, webcams give you the opportunity to passively watch animals while you do something else. We’ve pointed out multiple unique webcam feeds 10 Unique Live Webcam Feeds To Watch Around The World 10 Unique Live Webcam Feeds To Watch Around The World Remote webcams peeping into your lives may make you go all choleric, but when they point at some fascinating places around the world, they can make you gawk. Real-time webcam feeds that capture unique events... Read More , but Explore.org is noteworthy for providing a wide variety of cams from all over the world.

explore-org-webcamsI’ve personally enjoyed watching eagles hatch and be raised on this site, and watching bears hunt salmon in the spring is also always a highlight. I’m sure you can find something interesting on this site, so dive and let us know what you find.

EarthPorn on Reddit: More Mind Bogglingly Beautiful Nature Photos than You Can Ever Look At

There’s no end to content on Reddit, and that includes more than a few photos. The subreddit called EarthPorn might sound risque, but it actually consists of amazing photos from beautiful places all over the world.

reddit-earth-porn-beautifulWe mentioned this community while talking about how to use Reddit to become a better photographer How to Improve Your Photography Skills Using Reddit How to Improve Your Photography Skills Using Reddit Finding constructive photography advice online can be a real challenge, but there's one place that you might have overlooked: Reddit. Read More , but it’s worth pointing out again because of how many great photos can be found here. Oh, and thanks to an IFTTT recipe, you can automatically set these pictures as your Android wallpaper.

There are many different insanely specific subreddits 8 Hilariously Specific Subreddits You Won't Believe Are Actually Active 8 Hilariously Specific Subreddits You Won't Believe Are Actually Active The letter g. Squirrels eating things they usually wouldn't. Pictures of animals without necks. The law of subreddits states that if something exists, a community can and will eventually form around it on Reddit. I've... Read More , and most of them have active communities. EarthPorn’s sidebar can point you to a variety of even more communities with great photos with specific things, so be sure to explore that as well.

Free Nature Stock Photos: Stunning Photos You Can Use on Your Website

EarthPorn has a lot of great nature photos, but you can’t necessarily use them on your blog or website. You’ll need to ask individual photographers for permission to do that.

Not the case with Free Nature Stock Photos, a site with a wide variety of pictures you can use for any purpose – even commercial ones. Go ahead and make one of these the background on your website, or stick it on your company’s pamphlets: they’re totally cleared for any use at all.

free-nature-stock-photosBut they’re not just free: they’re beautiful. We’ve explored the best sites with royalty-free stock photos 12 Best Sites to Get Royalty-Free Stock Photos 12 Best Sites to Get Royalty-Free Stock Photos Looking for royalty-free stock photos? We did some research and found the best websites with the greatest variety, quality, and freedom available. Read More  before, but this is the best collection of nature-specific ones we’ve found.

PBS’ Nature: Fantastic Nature Documentaries You Can Watch Online

This is a long running show on PBS, America’s public TV network. If you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out, because it offers some pretty great documentaries on a weekly basis. The content is HD, and one of the best for catching original natural history shows.

nature-pbs-moosesI’m throwing this in here mostly because of how much I enjoyed Moose: The Life of a Twig Eater. It’s a beautiful film with some really intimate footage, and makes moose interesting in a way I never thought possible. Watch it now.

I suspected this content would be region blocked, but a quick VPN test revealed they’re available everywhere. So dive in, Americans and international users alike, and find something amazing to watch.

Head Like an Orange: Great Collection of Nature GIFs

GIFs are the language of the web GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Read More , but almost all of them seem to be from TV shows or movies. If you want some stunning GIFs from the natural world, look no further than this amazing Tumblr blog. You’ll find a wide array of gifs from the natural world.

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I could scroll through this thing all day, and I recommend that you do the same thing. You’ll like it.

How Do You Bring Nature to Your Tech?

These are a few great sites for exploring the natural world on your computer, but we know there are more out there. For example, we’ve talked before about finding free nature sounds Free Music & Nature Sounds To Relax, Sleep, Meditate, Study & Concentrate [Sound Sunday] Free Music & Nature Sounds To Relax, Sleep, Meditate, Study & Concentrate [Sound Sunday] Discover a vast collection of free ambient, electronic, drone soundscapes, plus nature sounds, ASMR, and singing bowls. Many hours of free music downloads are hidden in this edition of Sound Sunday. Come inside and listen. Read More , and ways to make nature sounds part of your day 6 Ways To Make Nature Sounds A Part Of Your Day 6 Ways To Make Nature Sounds A Part Of Your Day Scientific studies have shown that nature sounds can significantly decrease anxiety, stress, and pain. Next time you're bursting from stress, try relaxing to the sounds of nature before automatically popping a pill. Read More , for example. But we want to know about more.

What are your favorite websites for experiencing nature on your computer, tablet, or phone? Let’s see what you can dig up.

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