• John L
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      1.   My nature journal is an out growth of my wood carving. I wanted to improve my artistic and observational skills so that I can carve what I see and not be tied to ideas and impressions of others. 2. and 3.  At least initially I intend to use a loose approach focusing mainly on the art but incorporating more observations than I initially intended as well as the freedom to include general commentary and poetic license. . I like the ability to study the subject as well as having stunning art (I’m not there yet) but having commentary on the subject for future reference.
    • JD
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      Loved the variety.  And the use of water color which I have always experienced as being very difficult to control. Love the comments below especially the one in español porque necesito practicar leerlo.
    • Holly
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I was inspired to begin nature journalling because of my interest in ornithology and the natural sciences.  Because of this, I wanted to be able to draw little "snapshots" of whatever I saw, sketch out field guides for myself to learn identification of various plants and animals, and improve in the artistic craft.  I need to work on drawing small. I think I should like to use a style similar to Liz and D.J for my nature journaling, but have plenty of writing too.  I would like to include watercolour, but perhaps leave space for pencil only and wild sketches. I think that having a little side-sketch for anatomy and notes for a more finished piece of art could be fun!
    • Quentin
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      1. I am inspired to nature journal simply to reconnect with nature. 2. the approach I want to try is to journal regularly. I am having a hard time at this. Work and life get in the way. Must plan to incorporate journaling more, even short sketches. (speaking of which, I started this course 3 years ago (!!) and never got passed the first part. I am determined to pick up the course. I have journaled since, but would like to complete this course. 3. Yes, adding maps. Maps are fun to draw and give an important habitat perspective to what we are observing.
    • Misty
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I started Nature journaling as a way to improve my observational skills and decrease my reliance on my cell phone's camera while in the field as part of my nature guide studies. I realized that even if I take 20 photos of something interesting in nature, I rarely look back at the pictures with the same interest. However,if I spend even 20 minutes observing and drawing the same thing, I retain much more information about what I saw. Nature journaling is not yet as trendy in Belgium as it is elsewhere,so I find myself in a strange position of being a beginner and yet having more experience than others around me.
    • Desiree
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      What inspired me to start nature journaling is wanting to capture every moment I observe from life in my art. I think that nature journaling is a great way for me to learn and help with artist block because it will get me in the flow to create and meditate by just observing birds, plants and insects. It’s also a way for me to feel connected and grounded with nature. A journal approach I would like to try are to mix watercolor paintings with ink drawing. I would like to paint a landscape in watercolor to remember the area I observe along with painting a detailed flower or close up of a bird. I would also like to mix quick ink drawings along with adding notes of what I observed, date, location, and time. I currently don’t have a different journaling idea. I think I’m  going to be pretty open and try some of the journaling examples that was shared until I find the one that fits best for me.
    • Penelope
      Participant
      Chirps: 38
      What inspired me to begin nature journaling was my three years of birding experience. I have been a very young birder since a little before the pandemic, and have always dreamed of using art to fully depict an emotional connection to natural life. I also think that my favorite approach to journaling would be relatively freestyle, but at least a constant theme throughout the book.
    • Katalin
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      I like the bright colors, the different types of items that are sketched and journaled.  I like the idea of writing vertically or horizontally or at an angle.  Boxing in some information may be useful.  I loved the dates to be elongated and how monthly journaling could be extremely appealing as the seasons change and different plants grow and birds and animals migrate or appear.  I am happy that date and time, location and weather should be included.  When I look back at the journal I will be able to remember where i saw or found an item.. lastly the different water colors and detail appealed to me to the overall look of the journal. I have always had an interest in sketching and drawing.  And in various times of my life have written a journal but never sketched. As a veterinarian i have always had a great interest in animals, and nature, birds, plants and flowers.  The variety in nature journaling is extremely appealing to me because it helps me observe nature more on an intimate level.  Not so rapidly as in a photograph. Something i am curious about…has any one glued into their journal for texture, a flower petal? Or loose feather? Or plant part?
    • Cindy
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1. During Covid I took some online watercolor painting classes and enjoyed working with the paints and creating colorful art from photographs. I am now retired and have moved to a new area where I very much enjoy being outdoors, working in my garden, watching the antics of birds at our feeders and hiking at various parks. I'd like to take those painting skills I learned to the next level and apply to real life observations out in my backyard and while hiking. 2. I like the journal with drawings peeking out of boxes as a way to organize the work, and the notes about the observations and  follow up research. I plan to commit to a daily observation with drawing for the next several months and see where it takes me.
    • Carlos
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      me inspira ver la naturaleza y la vida salvaje inmersa en ella, para tener una historia por la cual hacer memorias de mis aventuras y viajes explorando nuevos lugares hermosos que nuestra tierra pueda ofrecernos. me gustaría replicar inicialmente los diarios que he visto, me gusta su estilo luego iría adaptando a mi conveniencia.
    • kimberly
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I started keeping a list of things I saw in nature after my mom died.  She had been very isolated during COVID and we looked forward to doing many things once it was safe for her- an immunocompromised 75 yr old. Unfortunately she passed away before we could do all we wanted. I started writing everything I experienced so I could “share it with her”.
    • 1. I hope nature journaling will help deepen both my creative and mindfulness practices. When I was little, I used to do watercolor with my mom so I hope bringing watercolor into my journaling will also be a connection to her. Sometimes in my haste to snap a photo as a way of “capturing” or remembering a lovely moment, I miss out on an opportunity to be fully present to the wonder in front of me. 2) I love the recommendation to include notes, especially date/location/weather.
    • Kurt
      Participant
      Chirps: 29
      1. I want to rely less on my camera and sharpen my memory, and I feel that journaling will help do this. I want to get better at drawing birds and other animals too. 2. I will set up each day in my journal with intention: Date, Time, What Feeders I was Observing, and What Birds I saw. I will try to include some sort of illustration in every day. 3. I'm not sure how much I will use color in my journals, and where I will just use descriptors. usually when I try to add color I don't get the right blend so I will try to work on that as well.
    • Heath
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      1) What inspired me to begin nature journalling - I was looking for a way to capture the memories and feelings of my birding excursions. Also, I thought this course would provide advice and training on how to better observe nature. 2) Which ideas or approaches do you want to try - Watercolors. It may be rough at first, but that's my plan. I've seen many beautiful watercolor paintings that speak to me more than other mediums. 3) Different ideas - I may also take pictures of the journal pages to preserve the images and make it easier to share.
    • Heste
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1. What inspired me to begin nature journalling:  I am a doctor, an occupation that involves pretty much only the left brain. I have a need to produce something beautiful that I can look at once I finish. I love nature and I spend a lot of time hiking and mountain biking, but find that I always come back feeling refreshed but somehow "incomplete," as if I really want to bring part of the experience home with me. I also like to gain a deeper understanding of things I look at in nature and I want to be able to  appreciate more detail in what I see. I have travelled a lot and seen lots of things, but when I come back I always find the I actually remember very little, and photos just never seem to do the experience justice. 2. Which ideas or approaches do I want to try: I like the idea of a black pen drawing and just 1 or 2 watercolours to fill the picture in. I also like the idea of pictures "peeping out" of a little box. Date, time, location and weather on every entry. I liked the spread sheets of things observed in a month of the year, which puts one in touch with the change of seasons. Seeing round/oval/square shapes in animals and objects 3. Different journalling idea: I highly recommend the webpage josenaranja.blogspot.com. Lots of ideas for travel journalling, which I will also incorporate.
    • Carolyn
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1. I want to live a more mindful life.  I want to connect with the world around me in a deep and meaningful way; to notice and notice and take note of all the detail, the tiniest detail that I can see with my eye, and reflect on the complexity of nature’s design process.  The closer one looks, the more one finds and I haven’t even scratched the surface most of my life.  I am about to retire in a year or so and I can’t wait to start doing all kinds of things that speak to me, and one of them is nature journaling. 2. I don’t think I will try to limit myself to a particular approach or style, at the beginning, at least.  I will just start to draw what I see and see where it takes me.  I am so impressed by the beautiful illustrations by the journalers in the video; I imagine it will take some time before I develop my skills to the point where I am proud of my work and it really looks realistic.  I, too will want to discover and write down the actual creature or plant’s name and botanical name, for the record. 3. I want to create a journal that reflects my experiences with nature in these years of my life; while my husband is spending hours and hours watching and photographing birds, I will be sitting on a little stool sketching and colouring, and in this way we can be together but still pursue our individual interests.
    • Raximaxon
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1. My passion for animals and nature and need for escape from hassles of my life. 2. I want to try primarily the one with colourful pencils and watercolours, because it seems more interesting to me; at the same time, I also want to make the habit of taking notes just like almost all of them, because I want to improve my attentive skills. 3. Not yet.
    • Dakota
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      1. This class was given as a gift and I am very grateful for it. 2. I would like to try journaling from my mind with no rules and see how it comes out on the paper. 3. I do not have any ideas as of yet.
    • anne
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I always try to do a sketch book , but didn't know how to proceed . I am also stating a garden and I want to records my progress , mistakes etc.. and my husband love birds and is a good observer of nature , I feel like to doing nature journaling will help me to progress in art , drawing , observing etc.. I like the approach of Shayna.. the date,  time, this is my first attempt IMG_9915
    • Nancy
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I've started nature journalling as a way to focus on what I'm seeing and in all honesty as a meditation practice. I'm not what you'd call a gifted artist. I struggle with drawing but I still enjoy it and do it just for me as a way to quiet my mind. Now, seeing the journals of others I feel reassured that whatever I want to do is just fine. It's nice to see the variety of approaches and I like including simple drawings with written notes (I'm much better with words.)
    • Kerry
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      Chirps: 4
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    • Floating Thing
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      1. What inspired you to begin nature journaling? My interest is birds.  Journaling is less expensive than bird photography and recording bird song.  The equipment for those endeavors can mount into the thousands of dollars.  It's essentially an arms race of equipment.  Plus all that equipment is heavy to lug around.  I wanted to be agile, lightweight, and be able to move quickly to find birds and plants of interest. While a photograph can capture more detail in an instant, I think there is merit in taking the time to observe and capture your impressions on paper.  This imprints the details in your mind, just as taking notes in class forces you to be mindful, thoughtful, and attentive. I'm definitely not an artist.  I hope I can develop my skills to somewhat capture what I see.  Drawing and journaling also seem like a more organic, human way of documenting experience than using engineered products like cameras, lenses, sound recorders, and microphones.  There is charm in seeing the sketchbooks of Leonardo da Vinci.  Learning about nature journals lets me think that I can follow in the steps of Lewis and Clark and capture the nature that I see. 2. Now that you’ve heard from several other journalers about their processes, and had a peek at their journals, which ideas or approaches do you want to try? I like the way the capture the essence of what they’re drawing: the graceful curve of a fern leaf, the texture of a pine cone, the subtle gradations of color, the accurate silhouette of a landscape, deconstructing the form of a bird into overlapping ovals and circles. I like the idea of drawing a picture – first, as a mnemonic to affix the essential and defining characteristics of a bird or plant, and second, as a charming record of my memories. I definitely want to annotate my drawings with details I notice, questions that come to mind, topics for further study, and perhaps hypotheses about why things are the way they are. 3. Do you have a different journaling idea, not mentioned here, that you’d like to share? Journaling is a personal creative endeavor.  Each person will develop a style and structure of their own.
    • Maribeth
      Participant
      Chirps: 43
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      • Maribeth
        Participant
        Chirps: 43
        Journaling for the first time is a challenge. I like to do a lot of photos and need to stop to fill out the journal.  I had been living in Hawaii before 'covid and am now staying in a very cold and unfriendly climate. Wisconsin. I am going through my photos and deciding what to compare in the flower pictures. The Eagle picture is from a 'raptor' shoot at the local Audubon society in Fox Point Wisconsin. The journal will allow me to include pertinent information about the plants, birds, and landscape. The info will be great to have.  I am going to do the 'sit spot' and start to compare and search out information about my subject. I will also try to sketch the wildlife I see. Journaling is a great tool. My grand children are also trying this. I can not wait for it to get warm out so I can work out side and not from a photo.
    • Carol
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I have admired the nature journals I have seen but never felt like I had the time to do one myself. I love the idea of documenting and adding text to pictures. I have thousands of digital photographs organized in folders and realized they showed a progression of nature through the seasons but do not record what I was thinking or observing.  I can look at the photograph and kind of remember the situations but there is no text to tell anyone else the story behind what I was thinking when I took the picture. What a wonderful way to look back and see what was surrounding me at that moment of time. I love flowers and birds and want to create a journal of what I see and feel. Definitely like recording the date, time, weather, location and will work on capturing lots of sketches of birds like D. J. McNeil shared with us. I can start by trying to sketch the birds coming to my new bird feeder!  Screen Shot 2023-02-25 at 11.34.07 PM
    • T.
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I have been bullet Journaling to organize thoughts & obligations for 5 years. Prior to that,  I have travelled with my family & jotted down daily interesting points/highlights.  Something we revisit long after our "trips" are done.  Both styles of journals fed a specific purpose.  Today, I begin learning how to pool the practical,  educational & artistic modalities into a deeply personal account.   I can't wait.  Flexing my brain us cathartic!