Get Back In Touch With Nature

Spring is a time for renewal. It’s a time when everything comes back to life. Spring is an excellent time to get back in touch with nature, and appreciate the beauty around you.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the things you need to get done in the springtime. I challenge you to slow down, at least for a few moments, and enjoy the world around you.

I have a bench in the middle of my perennial garden that I love to go to when I want to reflect on life, nature, and the world around me. I started nature journaling last summer. I discovered a wonderful book, Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You, by Clare Walker Leslie, and Charles E. Roth. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the process. They also have step by step instructions to help with illustrations.

I am trying to get back into my nature journaling routine, since I didn’t keep it up over the winter. I have also been encouraging my son to do a little nature journaling. He loves to draw, but is not always crazy about the writing part.

Nature journaling is a great way to discover, and reflect on the world around you. Find a spot in the quiet part of your yard, or garden. Take a good look around you, and record what you see.

I use an artist sketch pad to record my sketches, and reflections. I write about what is going on in the world around me. What flowers are blooming? Are there any birds in the bird feeder? What kind are they? Have they been there before? Maybe there is a rabbit hopping across the yard? I try to use this time to understand the world around me.

If you don’t take time to stop and reflect on the beauty around you, before you know it summer will be over. Enjoy the renewal of life happening around you. Stop and smell the roses.

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