Kind of scary until the head was drawn and it surprised me by looking like a bird! The head was easy; trying to get the body proportioned was more difficult. I would not have noticed the brownish stripes on the bird or the way the feet were wrapped around the branch. This would make a huge difference in nature journaling because the more you notice, the better able you are to identify the object.
Last summer my main relaxation was tending a vegetable garden and walking trails. I found myself interested in plants and bugs and birds like never before. I took pictures of them and used an app to identify them. I put it all together in a file and love looking back on it. Sometimes just looking at a particular flower or lichen brings back a whole day of happy memories. I've been dabbling in watercolors for several years. The idea of combining these interests was too much to resist and I'm really looking forward to this class and how I'll use the skills this spring and summer.