Nature Journal July: A Self-Imposed Challenge

I’m declaring July 2020 my month to focus on nature journaling. While I’ve done some nature journaling over the past few years, I am longing to do more than I actually make time for. Some people would say that this is a sign I don’t really want to do it, but I know myself better than that. I can have a lot of resistance to doing something I actually really enjoy, especially if I think a lot of work is going to be involved. So I need to find a way to make it easier.

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How a Chore Inspired a Nature Journal Entry

We woke up to snow yesterday. Lots of snow. Many of our bushes were buried and more snow was falling. But the real surprise was that rescuing them led to the first nature journal page I’ve made in weeks.

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Nature Journaling: How Doing Less Can Lead to More

In my struggle to do more nature journaling, I got some help from a recent episode of The Nature Journal Show by Marley Peifer on burnout. While I’m not burnt out, his advice helps make nature journaling both fun and easy to do. In fact, you can apply most of his advice to any creative activity you enjoy. Two of the eight tips in his 15-minute video have already helped me.

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Waiting for Inspiration? Spend the Time Practicing

There’s a belief that all the great artists are inspired, that what makes their work wonderful is a brilliant idea or new insight. But this is just a myth. A single moment of brilliance can be blinding to the rest of us, but there’s more to it than that. You can’t make use of inspiration if you don’t know how to use your medium. Great art comes from lots of work, which can be summed up in one word: practice.

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Walking After the Dinosaurs: Fossilized Tracks

One of the fun things we got to see back in November were dinosaur tracks. While I am a dinosaur fan, I find it hard to imagine what dinosaurs looked like from their bones. Bird skeletons have taught me that predicting an organism’s shape from its skeleton is tricky. Seeing their footprints, however, helped bring them to life.

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