A little inspiration sparks wonder: Leaf quest

A little inspiration sparks wonder: Leaf quest

Earlier this month I led a nature journaling session about leaf diversity for the Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club Online. I introduced some basics about leaf type, shapes, arrangement on the stem, and vein patterns. There are a bazillion examples in nature, and I focused 

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 

Spring midpoint: shifting nature

Spring midpoint: shifting nature

As we approach the midpoint of spring, I’m noticing the continuing transformation of the landscape. The once-naked branches are leafing out with various shades of green. The Walnut tree has catkins, leaves and flowers, and so does Birch and Maple! Winter birds are departing and 

Mystery woodpecker: Detective work in your journal

Mystery woodpecker: Detective work in your journal

Recently I found the remains of a woodpecker in my driveway. It was a pair of wings, tail and a leg. It looked like a woodpecker, but at first glance I wasn’t sure which one it was. What was more interesting to me at the 

MB Nature Journal Club Sharing Page

MB Nature Journal Club Sharing Page

Sharing your pages is the BEST way to build your skills, be inspired with new strategies and ideas, and spark motivation and excitement to keep you journaling nature! We share our pages as an exchange of information rather than to be critiqued. We give and 

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