• Cindy
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      I went on my screened back porch. I sit there most days but really observed today. The signs of fall are all around. It was very relaxing to just observe and put all other things out of my mind. Sketching some of the things I observed is something I haven't done before.
      • Linda
        Participant
        Chirps: 12
        I liked this exercise.  I went to 2 different nature preserves near me. I had the chance to sit in peace and quite and enjoy the surroundings even though I was very close to the airport and main roads.  A little bit of heaven among the busy life around us.   I was very surprised that I found no birds or ducks at one place while sitting on a bench in front of a pond.  Very unusual, and if I didn't stop and think about it I would not have noticed.  Lots to observe in both places.  I will definetly do this some more
    • Sandra
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      I chose a corner of my yard for the first sit. I love this 'observe and record' method and can't wait to try more locations as the weather gets nicer.  Having an assignment really helped me slow down and be intentional.  I could smell smoke from a wildfire, the temp was 97º, the neighbor's dog was barking, but I felt it was a positive experience.  At one point a hummingbird hovered above me and I was the one being observed.  The hardest part of the whole thing was to close my eyes and breathe.  I will remember to do that more often.NatureJournalSitSpot
    • Marta
      Participant
      Chirps: 11
      Sitting_still_exerc_26.09.2020_Marta This was my first sit spot experience. I sat in a city park close by, in a windy morning. Sounds came more easily; with time, I started to notice more details of light/ shadow/ dark in trees, birds, vegetation... Birds moved, so it was challenging to draw them. After sitting still & drawing for about an hour, I walked a bit and passed by a big pine tree. I've seen this tree several times before. But for the first time I looked at it with different eyes, which made me want to come back again, sit still and draw it!
    • Kim
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      Carolina WrenI noticed the Carolina Wren darts precariously in and out of brush in my backyard and usually forages alone, while other birds do so in pairs.  I started the sketch outside and finished the details of it after my sit-sketch, looking up its latin taxonomy and order and family on allaboutbirds.org :) Had I not been still, I doubt this bird would've appeared with me otherwise.
      • Lynne
        Participant
        Chirps: 6
        Before I went out for my sit spot, I was doing a lesson in the Joy of Birdwatching class here, and listening to a Carolina Wren song, and wrote about what that sound does to my heart. I love this drawing! :)
      • Kathleen
        Participant
        Chirps: 74
        I love this sketch of the Carolina Wren. I have Carolina Wrens in my yard but they don't stay around long, so hard to get an accurate, quick sketch.
    • Janice
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
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    • Caroline
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      IMG_7908IMG_7906 1 -It was lovely! I was shocked to see how quickly the light changes though. As a result, representing the light was challenging. I feel like I "zoned out" for a while because I spent an hour instead of 20 minutes, but honestly thought it has only been 15 or 20 minutes. 2-Listening to the sounds around me felt natural, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much time I could observe just by smelling the air. Sounds crazy when I write this but in the moment, it made so much sense.
    • Adrienne
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      Observing nature is something I'm familiar with, but I hadn't sat down and written down observations in a while. I tried one a couple of days ago, but it was already the afternoon and I could hear a lot of landscaping work going on nearby. It was simply too loud for me to concentrate, even though I did see some things. The next day, I went out twice. The first time was pretty early in the morning and I observed quite a lot of things going on around me, trying to use all my senses. Later, I went out with my dad after breakfast to a local spot we visit sometimes. I didn't think about doing a sit spot exercise because I had already done one that day. However, as we sat watching the river, I found myself noticing a lot of other things. There were squirrels behind us and birds occasionally calling that we couldn't see. I started to record things and I found that it came naturally to me. I have always been sensitive to sound, so those kinds of observations come more easily to me. And when there is sound, I usually can see the source. I think I've always been a "use all my senses" kind of person, so I wouldn't say that any of them are things I don't notice as much. However, I think I've never put thought into actively noticing a smell unless it's a strong smell. In this exercise, I learned that it's important to take note of the subtle smells, too. The season is changing from summer to autumn, and I can certainly tell just by smell. One last thing to note is that sometimes there are so many things going on that it's hard to write them all down. Or I'll be observing something, but be torn between observing and recording. I think being in the moment is more important though, and I can record a little something of it later so I can remember.
    • Barbara
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      1BA1ADF5-438E-4FA2-A62A-56BEFA6D6FE2 This sitting still is a normal activity for me, but focusing on all the senses was a good way to be more aware.
    • Kimmai
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      IMG_4085 I like the long list of the experience of being in nature verse, the labeling of specimens. This may have to do with not liking the look of when add too much writing I feel like it jumbles the composition.
    • Lumi
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      1. I sat in our crabapple tree in our yard, which has pretty good wildlife, that ranges from rabbits to deer. I liked sitting there, and it was helpful that plants and trees don’t just fly away, like birds, so I could pay attention to bark, the branches etc. 2. The form of the tree was a bit exotic, and fun to capture, but nothing about drawing it was too odd.image
    • Linda
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      IMG-1972Enjoyed this exercise, with quiet time I began to notice so many things going on I had to choose just a few to concentrate on. Thanks for the walking suggestion.
    • Martha
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      FD698AB0-C9B8-4818-B74F-DA022B4A9B6BPleasant early morning scanning my pumpkin patch. Many healthy plants and a few who have succumbed to the backyard bullies. I spied a likely culprit and he stared back defiantly as drew his likeness. Grandpa Ott greets the day like a royal trumpeter in fine purple robes—my morning glory is a wonder! I never fail to step on my favorite nemesis, the sweet gum ball. Pain and pleasure, beauty and bugs...my sit spot.
      • Kathleen
        Participant
        Chirps: 74
        I enjoyed this mindmapping technique of an observation, Martha.
    • Bridget
      Participant
      Chirps: 13
      1. My first sit spot experience too. Sitting on the steps of our large deck overlooking our garden, while my 2 year old daughter painted at her easel nearby. This exercise showed me that it doesn't take much time to have mindful moment in nature. I worked through each of my sense to focus on what I was experiencing, so I could better record it. Overall, a special moment. 2. The differences in colours and textures came quickly, sounds and feelings took a little longer. IMG_20200816_131949
    • diana
      Participant
      Chirps: 52
      This was my first sit-spot experience. I was a bit disappointed at first because I’m residing in an urban area with not many safe choices. But I picked a small, safe space on the edge of a community living spot. The trees are mainly over a fence and not close enough to examine well. There are no observable animals and lots of nearby human activity, so I just brought seeds for animals and left them at the edge of the woods... it’s too early to know if they will soon come out. But I sat last night - after rains - and just drew trees (pines, crape myrtle) and landscaping and noted whatever came into my mind. (Quotations at times surface,) When I returned inside, I added color to my drawings. I also had to figure out what the blooming trees were. Even tho the sit spot went totally differently than I’d hoped, I still learned a great deal and turned it into a collage(s) which I can share with friends. That’s where the human/nature connections happen! Thx for your guidance. 96751FDC-49C7-4093-A52C-1005C062565F779C38F2-C912-4747-868A-9482665FA2D79D5BF85B-9C49-4013-8056-F101BE850C34
      • Linda
        Participant
        Chirps: 17
        Loved your art, and the message so needed in these times.
    • Dale
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      imageIt was nice to get out after a day of rain, but I was only able to go into my garden. It was neat hearing and seeing  everything coming alive after being quiet for the rain. I did notice it was hard at times for me to ignore “human sounds” like traffic. This sitting reminded me of when my mom and I went out birding when I was a kid. I have always loved the solitude and connectedness I feel in nature.
      • diana
        Participant
        Chirps: 52
        Nice entry & recollections.
    • May
      Participant
      Chirps: 25
      Comparing to  other sit spot experiences, this one was different in terms of being more aware of surroundings and documenting my observations. I noticed how the color of leaves changes according to sunlight. This is the image from my journal in which I recorded my observations of surrounding setting.     May
      • diana
        Participant
        Chirps: 52
        I love the simplicity of this style. The soft colors are also great.
      • Caroline
        Participant
        Chirps: 17
        I love this page, it feels like we were there with you. Love the structure of your layout.
      • Dominique
        Participant
        Chirps: 21
        I like the fact that there is empty space on the page still and that you have observations at different scales.
    • Claire
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      Chirps: 8
      20200801_125920For this exercise I chose to do a walk instead of a sit spot. Mosquitoes are preventing my stopping in one place for too long. I did choose one particular area as my focus. It was easier for me to notice details in birds than with plants. I am anxious to observe a different area than one I am familiar with. I could see that one page may not be enough for some spots. I already have other sit spots in mind.
      • diana
        Participant
        Chirps: 52
        Yes, the standing dampness has caused the bugs to be bad for sitting long here also.   Walking instead is a good suggestion.
    • Jessie
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      I sat just the one time. I hear very well, so i was listening since I wasn't seeing much that caught my eye to draw except the tiny things like the ant carrying the piece of leaf.15963088740691498641992928576458
    • Victoria
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      I first sat close to a palm tree, I didn't think I could draw anything from a moving subject, so I chose a plant. The following day I found a black skimmer nesting site, I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to draw the fast moving birds, fortunately there dozens of birds and there several of them in the same pose, that helped me a lot. I stayed there for more than two hours and finally they didn't pay much attention to me, and started moving closer, which helped me a lot. IMG_2738IMG_2773IMG_2772
      • diana
        Participant
        Chirps: 52
        Love your drawings here.
      • Marissa
        Participant
        Chirps: 4
        You are so talented, Victoria!
    • Kim
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      IMG_20200730_175144 My sit spot was in Heidelberg's (DE) old graveyard. This massive Friedhof hugs the side of a hill and is shaded by towering trees of all kinds. I found a relatively quiet spot along one of the less travelled paths with views into the canopy from side on and below. The canopy and undergrowth was humming with life! It was amazing! I noticed so many new species of birds that I've never spotted in Europe before (probably because I had not taken the time to wait for them to emerge). And they were quite curious about me too funnily enough.
    • Victoria
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      I first went to the beach where I fond some vegetation, I enjoyed sitting down to listen and to observe nature. I chose a palm tree because it was easer to start with, it doesn't move that much, but then I found this nesting place where the black skimmers where taking care of their babies and it was an incredible experience to try to chase with my pencil all that movement. It was hard, it was my first time trying to do this, but after a couple of hours I felt I was able to capture some good poses. IMG_2738IMG_2753IMG_2755
    • Denise
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      Swan Bay I was greeted by 4 faery wrens. My spot was a fallen tree overlooking the bay. Lots of bird song and a strong wind blowing which I could not capture. A dark blue line where the sea disappeared into mist. Sun started filtering through the leaves and everything changed.
    • Liliana
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      20200720_174850-1I loved this exercise. I usually spend time outside, enjoying, but it is not easy for me to draw. I can hear birds, thouh I do not always see them. I like the big trees and the colours of little plants above them.
    • Adella
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      Plants, trees & shrubs come more easily for me. Birds, animals and insects are difficult to get a visual on because of their constant movement such as butterflies and dragonflies. I noticed the sun changes the appearance of things. When it goes behind a cloud everything looks different. Birds and insects are more active in the morning and later in the afternoon.
    • Adella
      Participant
      Chirps: 18
      2020-07-16 Field Observation