Bustling Spring, and moments of stillness

Bustling Spring, and moments of stillness

I invite you to open your mind to this idea: Time for rest is necessary for productivity, creativity and clarity. I know it may sound counter-intuitive. But here’s what I’ve been pondering recently. I have been noticing a feeling in my body in the past 

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Mushrooms keep popping up on my walks, and this time I saw a really neat looking one. It was rubbery, wrinkly and had cool holes on the stalk! I wanted explore more details and nature journal it- but it was nearing dark and had to 

Take a winter wander

Take a winter wander

Winter is a quieter time for nature. Deciduous trees have dropped their leaves and prepare to rest. The shrubs and herbaceous plants have shriveled or died back, and underground, bulbs and tubers prepare to push new leaves in the coming weeks. Some animals that have 

Making progress rather than seeking perfection

Making progress rather than seeking perfection

Practicing something new is a great way to keep expanding your skills. Its also a way for me to stay in the beginner’s mind, humble, and remembering that I am here on earth to keep learning. I have been really taken by the gorgeous clouds 

Found nature objects: Sand dollars

Found nature objects: Sand dollars

Found nature objects: I have a collection of nature treasures that I keep on a nature table. Seedpods, stones, shells, leaves, etc.. When I can’t journal them right away, I leave them here until I’m ready. My daughter came home with these sand dollars a 

A whale of a wonder: impromptu nature journaling

A whale of a wonder: impromptu nature journaling

A few days ago we came across a dead fin whale on our beach while on a walk, at Asilomar Beach, Pacific Grove, California. This was an unusual and wonderful opportunity for impromptu nature journaling. It was cold and windy but I managed to spend 

Sketching in the moment

Sketching in the moment

Being on screens so much these days for teaching, communication, emails, etc, I often don’t realize how much I am missing out on nature. I know that I need time out in the natural world to offset technology time and help me feel centered, and 

Boost your Naturalist Skills with Nature Journaling—California Wildlife day (video)

Boost your Naturalist Skills with Nature Journaling—California Wildlife day (video)

Boost your Naturalist Skills with Nature Journaling—California Wildlife day April 2021 You can see all the videos from event here: https://www.carmelriverwatershed.org/cwd-2021-recap.html  Melinda Nakagawa introduces how nature journaling can be used to improve your naturalist skills, and does an interactive demo.

Mindset matters: Small shifts for ease and joy in nature journaling (video)

Mindset matters: Small shifts for ease and joy in nature journaling (video)

Our beliefs and attitudes shape how we interact with the world, and with nature journaling. Sometimes we may get stuck in old beliefs that prevent us from moving forward. Whether you’re new to nature journaling or been journaling for a while, you’ll find something that 

Fresh new eyes on ordinary nature

Fresh new eyes on ordinary nature

I went out for a walk with my dog and was so taken by the beauty in nature that I had to start nature journaling while walking in the beach! I always have my nature journal bag with me–its a messenger bag with my journal,