It’s coming on the season for peonies: one of our gorgeous and widely-loved garden flowers. Any day now the perfect globe-shaped buds will be splitting open to delicate, pink and white, frilly blossoms—or maybe in your yard, they already have! Often, when you look closely at the peony buds before and after opening, you’ll see … Continue reading Monday Musing: Ants
For this week’s nature journaling activity, we want you to make bold lines. While using a pencil allows for erasing, delicate re-drawing, and making sure things look just right…sometimes leaning in, letting go, and using a pen with no capacity to erase helps us really focus more on the things in front of us that … Continue reading Nature Journaling: Bold Lines
For this week’s Nature Journaling exercise, explore through comparing and contrasting two (or more!) things in the world around you. You can compare and contrast by drawing, writing, or even creating a small collection in the pages of your journal, depending on what items you choose! One way you can approach this exercise is by … Continue reading Flower Collection
Mondays in May are for Nature Journaling here on the blog! There’s no one way to keep a Nature Journal. It can be mostly writing-based or mostly drawing, or a little bit of both. You can add to it daily or whenever you feel inspired. It can be intimidating as we feel the pressure to … Continue reading May Nature Journaling
Lots of flowers bloom in spring, in the fields and on the trees and in the woods, but what makes a flower an “ephemeral”? The term spring ephemeral refers to a certain group of early spring wildflowers that bloom mostly in the woodlands, on the forest floor. Delicate, perennial, and often low to the ground, … Continue reading Wild Wednesday: It’s Spring Ephemeral Week!
This time of year, you might start hearing buzz about hummingbirds being seen on their way back from their tropical wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico! Ruby-throated hummingbird migrations have been a little stop and go due to the colder temperatures and storms throughout the southern states as they try to move north to … Continue reading Management Monday! Hummingbirds are returning!
When you’re out in nature do you sometimes wish you had a library of field guides to help you identify what you’re seeing all around you? Lucky for you, there is no need to pack your bag full with heavy field guides, there’s an app for that! This week, in honor of Earth Week we … Continue reading Management Monday! Earth Week Edition
Have you ever walked through the woods on a crisp spring day and noticed the buds on a maple sapling about to burst open, or found a may apple poking its head above ground? Do you love to notice the leaves changing color in the fall? Then you’ve observed the phenomena of phenology! Phenology is … Continue reading Management Monday: Phenomenal Phenology!
If the weather isn’t great for getting outside it might be a good opportunity to do some window view drawing! Set up your drawing or journaling tools at your windowsill. This could be pencils, crayons, markers or paint, whatever you feel most comfortable working with, paper and a hard surface to lean on. Draw the … Continue reading Window View Drawing