Enjoy a Show of Nature Journals in the Library
Text & photos by by Susie Kowalik, Instructor, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Some people find the writing gratifying… some the sketching… some find just the joy of being out there being in the natural world and contemplating. Words… images… thoughts..seeing things in a fresh way, and creating a page to remember it by. I often start a page with just a notation with the date, where I am and a little about the weather. Then I might do a small sketch of something that catches my eye that I want to remember … a flower, or a bird or a little of the environment I am in. And then I talk about it to myself with words. Words that help me remember. Up and down and around the page. Designing the page. I have come to love using watercolors from a little portable field box for a quick notation of the colors I am seeing.
Frederick Frank said, “I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen.” One the day I was studying a tulip and drawing it into my journal. As I looked at it over and over again, the light was changing… and when I looked once again, the sun had found the translucent yellow base of the flower and it glowed! A small, transcendent moment of discovery, but one I would hate to have missed!”
Although I have never been the “regular recorder” that Leslie would like me to be, I think these words by Annie Dillard sum up why I do continue to keep nature journals: “You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.” Isn’t that enough reason to create anything? Even a small page.
The next class in Nature Journaling will be Saturday, May 18. Registration opens April 3.
Want to read more? Here’s another blog post about nature journaling.