“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
(Frank Lloyd Wright)
I am enjoying my time spent sketching and paiinting so very much. I haven't taken many trips outside of our own woods since our rescue Mojo has been receiving his heartworm treatments, but I'm refinding the joy and wonder that I felt when my husband and I first moved to this beautiful area of Michigan.
We used to pack our vehicle and camper, and head to the northwoods as often as we could to recharge our batteries, but that hasn't been the case since we moved. This is such a beautiful and scenic area that we really feel no need to wander very far. We have over 100 inland lakes in our county to fish on and the flora and fauna is simply breathtaking. Since the neighboring forest was logged off last spring we don't see as much wildlife as we used to, but it's still here. We just have to look a bit harder and listen a bit closer than in the past.
But what better way to spend ones time?
My sketching skills are still quite primative, but I'm totally ok with that. My handwriting hasn't improved a whole lot, but as long as I can read what I write, that's fine too. I started this as a means to keep my creative spark alive as much as I can while Mojo recovers from the effects of his treatments, and it has been a wonderful exploration, not only into our local natural history, but it has strenghtened the bond between Mojo and us as well. So I guess that is a win-win for everyone.
For me, nature journaling is about staying in the moment. To put aside the many distractions that we all have in one way or another, and focus on something that I find beautiful and worth watching.
To embrace the moments.