WOW, It is finally starting to feel more and more like Spring each day and today is no exception! With blue skies overhead and warm sunspots on the ground, I felt immediately invited to get outside and start exploring. As I stepped into the yard, the first thing I noticed was the variety of new colors scattered throughout the lawn! It seems like overnight, all the flowers around me decided to blossom. As I wandered around the yard enjoying the many new colors and the sounds of pollinators buzzing around, I began to wonder if I had enough variety to create a rainbow! So, I decided to collect specimens, by way of photography, and see if I could capture every color of the rainbow right in my own backyard.
This would have been more challenging if I were looking for green flowers (thank you modification #1).
I had a lot of fun looking for flowers and areas of color in my yard today, and I hope that this inspires some you to do the same! I see the same flowers come up every year and still had a difficult time identifying a lot of them. It felt really great to get out my flower guide and learn a little more about what is growing right outside my window! Looking for and identifying flowers also gave me an opportunity to chat with some of my family members in a new way, which was a welcome change after weeks of being at home with them :)
Notes on Nature
A couple of weeks ago we encouraged our blog readers to start nature journaling as a way to connect more with nature and find moments of peace during these uncertain times. It has brought the NRT staff so much joy to see how friends and community members have started and kept up with their journals!
Above is an example of how one person focused on a specific section of tree to practice capturing light and multiple layers of branches. Drawing a tree from straight below is a great example of looking at something we see everyday from a new perspective. The use of shading and different hues to show texture and depth really make the different branches stand out from one another. Thank you for reminding us to look up!
As you are creating your nature journal, we encourage you to share your illustrations and discoveries with us here at the NRT. In each blog post, we will include a new prompt as well as examples of nature journal pages from community members. If you would like your nature journaling efforts to be part of our NatureTalk blog, be sure to send photos of your work as well as any additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to see what you create!
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