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Nature Journaling

Spring is the perfect time to start a Nature Journal.  It is a wonderful time to experience the rebirth of plants, trees and flowers, and to observe the birds who start showing up in great numbers.  You do not need any special skills or materials to keep a nature journal.  You can purchase a fancy "journal" or just use a spiral bound notebook.  While the weather is still cold and snowy, stay indoors and sit by a window to observe what is going on in your yard.  When the weather improves, go outside and sit on a patio, deck or balcony, or go to the park.  You may choose to just write your observances in your journal.  You could also add drawings of what you see, or pick up a leaf, flower or feather to press in your journal. You may even write your observances in poetry form.  Some people take photographs to add.  Just begin writing and write often.  Journaling is an excellent way to archive your thoughts, feelings and inspirations as you watch nature unfolding.  Do not be critical or edit your writing.  We are all a part of nature and should learn to respect and enjoy it to the fullest.  So, grab your  pen and paper, find a comfy seat by a window on on the porch, watch and listen and soon you will be filling the page with your observations.  It is a wonderful way to spend a few minutes, or a few hours.