The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery

I have a skull that I picked up in a field in Texas twenty years ago. It’s simultaneously big and delicate. It was found on a range where cattle graze, but I didn’t think it was broad and squat enough for a cow skull. Those who were with me agreed that it probably belonged to a horse. While I’ve drawn and painted it many times in the years since, I’ve never questioned that decision. I just assumed we were right.

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When Your Bird Isn’t Average: Challenges in Identification

In early October, my sister brought me dead bird she found in our yard. Despite having the bird “in hand” (I didn’t actually hold it) and recording it in my nature journal, I came away uncertain of the species. While I was convinced it was some kind of thrush, probably a hermit thrush, there were a few things that left me uncertain. The main point of confusion was its size. It was much too small.

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Make Mistakes or Make Nothing

I had a great idea after the Wild Wonder conference. Inspired by various talks, I decided I wanted to start … More Make Mistakes or Make Nothing

How to Nature Journal Even Though You Are Tired

As I feared , I didn’t have the energy to attend all the sessions of the wonderful Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference . Since I was still interested in participating as much as possible, I took note of the daily challenges, but wasn’t sure I had the steam for them. Fortunately, one of the first sessions I attended gave me a tool to deal with this problem.

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What To Do When Your Watercolor Sucks

Back in August, I got to spend a day up in the mountains with my nature journal. Inspired by the beautiful scenery, my excitement quickly turned to frustration. I didn’t have the skills I needed to capture the landscapes around me with watercolor paints. My disappointment nearly ruined the trip for me. I had to remind myself that I’m a beginner and do not understand how watercolors work. Yet.

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