Journaling teaches us how to notice. In the words of author Bill McKibben, “We are task-oriented creatures, and so it helps to have a reason to notice. For our ancestors, the reason may have been dinner … For our purposes, keeping a journal will suffice, and the most observant among us will merely live best—go to sleep feeling that the day has been full of curiosities, of news, of progressions.”Through observation, through drawing, through investigating, we can discover nature’s stories.
HOW TO KEEP A NATURE JOURNAL
Step number one: Focus your eyes on the world around you. Become a noticer.
Step number two: See through drawing. The meditative art of drawing an object in nature does not require skill as much as it requires time. Give yourself the gift of time. Take a walk. Stop when you find something fascinating, and trace its outline with your eyes, and then with your pen or pencil. Follow each bump and curve. When you have captured it, note the variations of color. Write down your questions. Find the answers. Your Journal Pages will help you to understand the world around you.
Adventures in the Vegetable Garden
Beautifying your World
Great Garden Choices
The Land talks to those who listen
Fascinating Creatures surround us
Decoding the Mysteries around us