No, this is not a post about St Moo, the little known Irish cow-saint of county Limerick. Although her life's journey from tragic poddy calf to hard working inspiration of working class Irish cows is now part of Paddy folklore (her case for Mooification is currently before the Vatican).
Writers often mention various sources of inspiration for fiction. They might visit art galleries and get inspired by great works of art. Perhaps they listen to music to get into the right mood for their next scene.
I love nature and being outside. I find it a real tonic for my spirit and a way of letting my mind slow down.
A lot of genre fiction contains a strong element of natural setting. Fantasy fiction in particular often relies on the trek through the forest, or might feature the loner in his cabin in a remote mountain hideaway. Think of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice (which is YA). Descriptions of nature - the trees and forests - and the various animals are critical to his work.
Even though being in contact with nature indirectly helps my writing by allowing me to balance my oft over-heated psyche, it doesn't necessarily directly inspire me (although it has inspired some scenes & I love to write descriptions of things I have seen while travelling, including natural wonders).
It just had me curious. Are any of the writers out there directly inspired to write by natural settings? If so, is there a market for waterproof laptops?