Follow me in this video as I discover that it is hotter in California than it was in East Africa!
Nature Journaling is not about drawing pretty pictures. It is about accelerating your learning and deepening your observations and connection in nature. Ironically, if you are focused on pretty pictures you will struggle to get pretty pictures and you will struggle to deepen your observations and accelerate your learning in nature 🙁
However, if you focus on the learning and observation you will end up getting prettier and prettier pictures as a by product.
It has been a really rainy/snowy winter, but that should not keep us from nature journaling. I spent a rainy day making this video with Eleven nature journaling ideas you can practice when the weather outside is frightful.
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The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the finitude of your life. Mortality is a good thing and in this video I show an exercise that can help you use the awareness of own mortality to improve yourself.
It is easy to think that nature journaling is just about drawing plants and animals when it is actually so much more. In this video I describe some of the key characteristics that make nature journaling so revolutionary and accessible.
Shocking news! Despite popular rumors to the contrary, becoming a great naturalist is not about memorizing more scientific names.
I had to cancel the nature journaling field trip for today but here is a video that I made to motivate you to nature journal at home! Consider it your homework 🙂 I guarantee it will help you maintain your sanity if you are stuck inside from the smoke:
Please send me an email if you have any other good nature journaling ideas for indoors on rainy or smoky days!
I include a lot of my thoughts, feelings, and routines on a roadtrip to teach at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. I talk about my growing conviction that this kind of work is part of my mission in life. I am working to build this mission into my own career and my own way of contributing to the world. This video is dedicated to Robert Laws and John Muir Laws my mentor. And even though I did not know Robert Laws personally If it weren’t for him and the lineage through Jack, I would not be half way as far along the path that I am on.
To boldly go where no journal has gone before…
Here is a short examination of a pitfall when learning any new skill. With a few easy exercises in your journal and a couple of useful resources you will be better prepared to deal with this common trap.
Our culture mostly values having skills while it mostly ignores the process of learning skills. The slow, repetitive, and often painful learning process of the beginner is not as sexy as the virtuostic performance of the master.
To become great at anything you most learn to love the slow, repetitive, practice. You must learn to reframe the nervousness, the discomfort, and the uncertainty as excitement, challenge, and opportunity.