Gratitude for my sensory scrapbook

Gratitude for my sensory scrapbook

Today I woke up to see a layer of frost on our wooden deck. The grass and the alpacas in the pasture both have a dusting of frost like powered sugar. It makes me smile. The air was so cold and crisp on my face…

Simple and freeing 1-minute sketches

Simple and freeing 1-minute sketches

In nature journaling, there are a multitude of tools, strategies, and prompts to record our observations in our nature journal. They also help us to see more deeply, stimulate curiosity, and wonder. Sometimes they can work to free your inner creative from the hold of…

Following inspiration: Nasturtiums

Following inspiration: Nasturtiums

On this particular day, I wandered around looking for something to capture my attention. The nasturtium flowers were in full bloom and I have been wanting to study them. Here is a series of photos showing the process of how I nature journaled this page.…

Nature Journaling Small Mammals (Video)

Nature Journaling Small Mammals (Video)

  The PG Museum Series Nature Journaling is far more than knowing how to sketch. It’s about reconnecting to nature, observing what lies around us, and deepening our relationship to the natural world through curiosity and wonder. Spark in Nature’s Melinda Nakagawa and Pacific Grove…

Drowning in the details? Intention is the lifeline that can get you out.

Drowning in the details? Intention is the lifeline that can get you out.

Sometimes during a nature journaling session, I find myself getting caught up in drawing minute details: every feather, hundreds of pollen specks, or pinecone scales . This can be painfully time-consuming! Sometimes I might want to show this level of detail because its a point…

Micro safari: live plankton sketching with Pacific Plankton (Video)

Micro safari: live plankton sketching with Pacific Plankton (Video)

The Monterey Bay Journal Club had a special guest: Janai Southworth, host of PacificPlankton who shared microscope views of live plankton from the waters of San Francisco Bay. Plankton are tiny organisms that drift in the ocean. They come in a rich diversity of shapes,…

PG Museum series: #1 Native Plants (Video)

PG Museum series: #1 Native Plants (Video)

Nature Journal at the Museum Series Nature Journaling is far more than knowing how to sketch. It’s about reconnecting to nature, observing what lies around us, and deepening our relationship to the natural world through curiosity and wonder. Spark in Nature’s Melinda Nakagawa and Pacific…

Mystery uncovered

Mystery uncovered

Behind the murder (the murder of crows, that is) I’ve been trying to solve this mystery for the past few months. In the mornings during my sit spot, I sit in my yard and listen for birds and observe what’s going on around me. Several…

Lightning Storm

Lightning Storm

Early Sunday morning we awoke to flashing lights. An amazing lighting storm was blazing over the distant mountains. We watched from about 1:15- 2:45 am. I’ve never seen a lightning storm so this was a treat for me. It was a hot evening (65 degrees…