Colors of Colorado: A Nature Journaling Practice

I first saw Tony Foster’s Lockdown Diary during his talk at the Wild Wonder nature journaling conference two years ago. He painted things he saw on his daily walks during a 56-day COVID lockdown. Though I’m not good at “every day,” I wanted to create a compact local nature journaling project of my own. Result: Colors of Colorado.

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Even A Little Wild Wonder Is A Lot

Accepting my limitations is a constant battle for me. I’m interested in more things than one person could ever hope to do. My chronic conditions just make it all harder, forcing me to sacrifice some activities in order to do others. I knew this going into the virtual Wild Wonder 2022 nature journaling conference and scheduled accordingly. While my plan failed, I still learned a lot from the conference.

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Nature Journaling Bird Tracks: Using Comparison to Improve Observations

Last fall, I observed a bald eagle bathing on the lake shore. Later, I walked the beach looking for any prints the eagle might have left. Journaling about bird tracks seemed like an easy task, but it wasn’t until I compared tracks from different birds that I really learned something.

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Nature Journaling: 5 Minutes Counts

On June first, I was toying with the idea of giving myself a nature journaling challenge for the month, like I did last July. Three different families of Canada geese have been feeding in our yard and while I’ve been watching them closely, I hadn’t gotten out my journal to record my observations. When I did, I discovered that the most recent entry was from late March.

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How To Index Your Nature Journal

I’ve mentioned some reasons for reviewing my nature journals, but one of the most obvious is in order to make an index for it. An index makes it possible to quickly locate what you’re looking for. While it seems like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be.

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