I feel more confident drawing from a photo because the subject doesn't move. I also felt less pressure because I know this is a pre-test of sorts.
I wouldn't have noticed all the cool lichens growing on the branch, the small bill of the bird, the way the foot grasps the branch.
Differences in nature journaling would be noticing not just a single subject, but all around that subject too
Like many here, the extreme boredom and fear of the pandemic helped me notice the changing spring around me. I wanted some way to document these changes and have a creative outlet to focus my anxious energy. I started creating a field guide to bird in my backyard, but quickly realized I was woefully inadequate. I have ZERO experience with art.
I am also impressed with the traveling nature journals. I was fortunate enough to go to the Galapagos in 2019, and my only regret is that I didn't have the course previously to help me create a memory book.