Recently we walked along the pristine Witsand beach at the Breede River estuary at low tide. There was so much to notice and, although I didn’t bring my phone along to take photos, I made detailed mental notes as we walked.
I noticed the shells, the seagrass, seagull feathers, patterns in the sand, patterns of floating sand particles in the little water ripples, algae growing on exposed rocks, holes in the sand, whelk shell patterns, twigs and driftwood. At times, as I looked carefully, the patterns looked like abstract art. It was beautiful.
When we got home, I sat quietly and created a double-page spread of our beach walk in my nature journal ~I enjoyed creating the sand ripple patterns as well as the detailed sketches of shells and seagrass.On the other page, I added a boxed area to show the floating sand patterns which I saw in the shallow pools, as well as adding detailed pen sketches of the seagull feathers.
Nature journaling brought back wonderful memories of our lovely long walk on the low tide seashore.
Recently I shared my discovery of Lara Gastiger’s botanical art. She has created a perpetual nature journal and adds to the monthly pages each year. What a wonderful way of creating layers and details to double-page spreads. This way, there is no pressure to fill up a whole page, but to simply sketch a detailed entry in a space and that’s it!
If you need some journaling ideas, I encourage you, moms, to join Barb’s of Handbook of Nature Study’s Outdoor Mom Journal nature journal prompts each month:
- The most inspiring thing we experienced was…
- Our outdoor time made us ask (or wonder about)…
- In the garden, we are planning/planting/harvesting….
- I added nature journal pages about….
- I am reading…
- I am dreaming about…
- A photo I would like to share…
I love the simple joy of doing a monthly Mom’s Nature Journal entry. Charlotte Mason calls it “Mother Culture“ and it is a wonderful way of learning and growing along with our children. It is also an activity that can extend long past these busy homeschooling years to become part of your own personal creative and observational life!
Happy nature journaling!
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