nature idioms and sayings

Here are some nature idioms with pictures about the beautiful landscapes around our earth.

beach sayings

Who doesn’t love going to the beach? The sun, sea, the sand, and the sangria! There’s nothing better than feeling the warm sand between your toes and taking a dip in the salty ocean.

Beaches are ram-packed with tourists during the summer months so it’s no wonder there are some sayings about the beach.

nature idioms - beach
picture idiom about nature and meaning - beach body
each sayings - life’s a beach
beach sayings - the coast is clear

dirt/mud sayings

Have you ever been to Glastonbury festival? Due to our lovely English weather (in the summer!), it has been many a time a mud bath! Like literally a river of mud with tents being washed away and all the hippies swimming in it. That is what we call mud.


There is in fact a band called ‘Mud’ who released a song called ‘the hippie hippie shake’. You should break up all this study with a and give it a listen. 07 Hippy Hippy Shake – Mud – YouTube

Did you like the song? It’s a fun one, isn’t it?

Anyway, going back to the topic at hand…Dirt is dry mud. When there has been no rain for a while.

nature idioms - mud
nature idiom (mud) - clear as mud meaning
nature idiom (dirt) - dirt cheap
dirt sayings - dirt-poor
nature idiom (mud) - stick in the mud

ground phrases

We would describe the ground as the hard surface of the Earth that we walk on. It can be natural like sand or man-made like concrete. The general term is ‘the ground’.


There is in fact a saying about keeping your feet on the ground meaning to remain calm after becoming successful. Even the one and only Beatles use it in one of their songs.

The Beatles – Help! – YouTube

nature idiom - ground
ground idioms - cover a lot of ground
ground phrases - from the ground up
ground phrases - gain ground
ground idioms - get something off the ground
ground idioms - ground-breaking
nature idiom (ground) - grounded
ground idioms - hit the ground running
nature idiom (ground) - keep one’s ear to the ground
ground phrases - keep one’s feet on the ground
nature idiom (ground) - lose ground
ground phrases - moral high ground
ground phrases - stand one’s ground

hill phrases

A hill is a raised part of land that is usually covered in grass. It’s like a rounded mini mountain but not as steep.

nature idiom - hill
hill phrases - go downhill meaning
hill phrases
hill idioms - king of the hill
hill idioms - over the hill
hill idioms - up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire
hill idioms - uphill battle/struggle

land idioms

Land is all the Earth that isn’t covered in water. You can also use the term to describe your property or a country e.g.

  • Get off my land, you’re trespassing.
  • The land in the north of Portugal is great for growing crops.
nature idiom - land
land expressions - in the land of the living
land expressions - land on one’s feet
land idioms - live in cloud cuckoo land

mountain expressions

If I said to you Everest, the Andes, the Alps… what am I talking about? You guessed it – mountains. They are huge, elevated parts of the Earth’s crust which rise into the sky. They provide great entertainment for hikers and skiers.

mountain expressions
mountain expressions - make a mountain out of a molehill
mountain expressions - mountain to climb
mountain expressions - move mountains meaning

pond sayings

A pond is a small body of still water that is either natural or man-made. Lots of creatures and plants live in ponds. A pond is similar to a lake but it’s smaller.

pond sayings - pond sayings
pond sayings - a big fish in a small pond
pond sayings - across the pond

rock sayings

Rocks are large masses of stone that can be used in building. The difference between a rock and a stone is the size. Stones are small and rocks are big. The biggest is a boulder which is a huge, rounded rock that can’t be lifted by hand.


Did you know, you can describe a person as a rock? A rock is strong, tough, and reliable. If you know someone like this, a partner, a parent, a friend, someone who helps you through difficult times…they are your rock.

Do you know the actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? He got his name for being a tough guy.

nature idiom - rock sayings rock
rock sayings - between a rock and hard place
rock expressions - on the rocks
rock idioms - rock bottom
rock sayings - rocky road

sea/ocean sayings

Don’t you just love swimming in the sea? Going to the beach on a blisteringly hot day and jumping into the sea to cool you down has to be one of the best things in life.


So, ocean or sea? what’s the difference? Well… just the size really, a sea is a smaller part of the ocean that is enclosed by land. You’d have to go on a boat to get out to the open ocean, unless you’re a keen swimmer that is.

Before we start looking at the expressions, I’ll give you the pronunciation of both:

  • Sea – pronounced just like the letter ‘c’.
  • Ocean – pronounced o-shun.
nature idiom - sea/ocean sayings
ocean sayings - a drop in the ocean
sea expressions (sea/ocean) - at sea
sea sayings - make waves
sea sayings - plenty more fish in the sea
sea expressions - sea legs

slope expressions

A slope is part of the ground that goes upwards or downwards at a small angle for a length. It could be a long or a short slope. If it’s too steep, it’s called a hill.

nature idiom - slope
nature idiom (slope) - slippery slope
nature idiom (slope) - slope off

stone expressions

A stone is a hard clump of minerals that comes from the ground and can be used in building. A stone is typically smaller than a rock but essentially they are the same thing.

nature idiom - stone expressions
stone expressions - a stone’s throw away
stone expressions - cast the first stone
stone expressions - etched/set in stone
stone expressions - leave no stone unturned
stone expressions - like getting blood from a stone
stone expressions - stone cold sober
stone expressions - stone cold meaning

tide sayings

Have you ever been to the beach and fallen asleep on the sand then suddenly… You get wet feet. The tide has come in quickly and washed you and your belongings away.

The tide is to do with the sea/ocean and how it rises and falls at different times of the day.

nature idiom - tide expressions
ride idioms - ride with the tide
tide expressions - tide over
tide sayings - tide turns