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…

The energy of music

The energy of music

During these times of shelter in place, there’s one thing that I miss so much. Its something that cannot be replaced with online or virtual substitute. An that is making music with others. I don’t mean turning on the radio or streaming a concert, but…

Crab molt comparison

Crab molt comparison

Journaling crab molts on the beach.

The Nature Journal Show interview

The Nature Journal Show interview

I was recently interviewed by Marley Peifer, host of The Nature Journal Show. Learn a little how I started nature journaling by myself to creating an online journaling community. I’ll share what inspired me to start the Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club– and how YOU…

Noticing nature: Turkey Talk

Noticing nature: Turkey Talk

During my morning sit spot nature watch, the wild turkeys showed up and grabbed my attention! They were making lots of different sounds. Not only were they gobbling and clacking but making sounds with other parts of their bodies. They paraded around in a flock…

Noticing Nature: sense of place

Noticing Nature: sense of place

During this morning’s sit spot I noticed the withering rose blossoms and thought ran through my head: “ Wow, how come I hadn’t noticed that? Nor did I see the spent Cala lily flowers? I didn’t even cut a single one for a vase this…

A sensory walk: opening up your senses

A sensory walk: opening up your senses

On this day I was inspired to explore nature with the intention of focusing on our five main senses. Well, we actually have way more that five senses, and they aren’t necessarily the more important but they are the ones we’ve been taught in school.…

Shearing Day: time to lose the fur coat!

Shearing Day: time to lose the fur coat!

The time has come once again: shearing day. The boys have been growing a fluffy coat for the past 12 months and not will get their fleeces sheared off so they can cool down in the warming weather. Alpaca fiber is more insulating and softer…

Poppy Watch

Poppy Watch

I’ve been watching the shirley poppies in our front yard for the past few days, and drawing them in my nature journal. I’m learning about how it grows and becomes a seed pod. Noticing that in the beginning the bud is bent downward as it…