Nature journaling is a type of sketchbook journaling. It, obviously has a focus on the natural world and it leans towards a more or less scientific observation, recording and identifying of your subject. I also like to fill up my pages with folklore and fun facts about the things I observe in nature.
In this page spread I included the larger habitat, including a Shadbush growing wild, top left, a fairly accurate sketch of the Shad fish, (I used a field guide to help me get the particulars correct), and again a fairly accurate example of the flowers, buds and leaves form the shadbush.
Now, I'm not a scientist, a wildlife biologist, a botanist, a zoologist or even an official scientific illustrator. What I am is an artist with a passion for nature who considers herself an amateur (in the very best sense of the word) naturalist. My nature studies are for learning, documenting, and remembering all that I see and experience in nature and as a guide to identifying larger cycles and patterns in nature, as well as the particular details of nature. Nature is a living, breathing moving, changing classroom, and these are my notes.
Here's a short list of the things I like to include on each page of a nature joural:
- Date and time I am observing
- weather, including temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction
- time of sunrise and sunset
- moon phase
- the habitat ex. woods, marsh, field etc.
- the particular plant or animal
- details of fur, feathers, leaf, fruit, blossom or some other interesting part of the whole
- the name of my subject and it's binomial nomenclature in Latin
- notes of any distinguishing features or behaviors