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Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You Paperback – September 1, 2003
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“A wonderful book for young people, this book has also inspired this old gardener to go out and get one of those nice new sketchbooks … ” ― The New York Times
“Leslie’s approachable methods for recording the natural world have inspired many people.” ― New Orleans Times-Picayune
“ … a step-by-step guide to getting started in a fascinating hobby of recording on paper what you see in nature.” ― Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[C]oaches even beginners who think they cannot write or sketch but simply have a love of nature.” ― San Jose Mercury News
“… an excellent teaching tool on how to go about seeing the world in a new way.” ― Indianapolis Star
“This book was very motivating for me personally and I am ready to begin a nature journal. It could be used as a classroom supplement or a tool for personal professional development for all ages … a good resource for informal science organizations such as museums and camps.” ―NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers’ Association), www.nsta.org
“Here’s a good gift book for gardeners, but also for non-gardeners who nevertheless enjoy communing with the great outdoors.” ― Nashville Tennessean
“Learn to observe nature closely, sketch with confidence, keep accurate records, narrate the changing seasons, and more. Highly recommended for those interested in art journals or nature studies.” – Somerset Studio magazine
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Using the simple techniques in this book, anyone can learn how to start and keep an ongoing nature journal. Along the way you'll develop skills in observing, sketching, appreciating, and writing about life's beauty and mysteries.
"This creative process is a the heart of natural history observation, and it helps to make the best of experiences also the most lasting in memory for anyone wishing to enjoy it." - From the foreword by Edward O. Wilson
"Drawing, writing and nature study can all seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated, but Keeping a Nature Journal with its friendly, rambling format and unpretentious drawings, makes keeping this kind of living record seem as natural and anxiety - free as taking a snapshot or writing a postcard to a friend. A great guide to discovering nature for yourself and creating your own work of art along to way." - Christopher W. Leahy, Director Center for Biological Conservation, Massachusetts Audubon Society
"This book offers people of all ages and interests a simple, direct method for getting outdoors to observe and enjoy the natural world around them." - Mark Wexler, Editor, National Wildlife
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If you are interested in scientific journaling, or looking for an instruction manual I do not think you'll be happy with this book. It is light on drawing technique but heavy on simple tips to get you drawing. If you desire to draw nature and record what you see/experience but don't think you can or are afraid of what your pictures will look like this will be a book you'll treasure and refer to often.
I think this book is a great resource in any EE/nature/writing library.
Since then my sketches have been getting better and I've added colored pencil to them and write short descriptions around them instead of pages of prose. I am hooked now and have signed up for a watercolor class. I love this book and take it out and just thumb through it sometimes when i get stressed out. I am sure that I will do the same with my journals and hope my son will look through them someday for memories of his childhood. I have been encouraging him (he's 9 now) to start his own sketch jounal and he has been.
This book contains a lot of great information and the images from Leslie's journals are amazing. I think anyone who is into nature journals (as I am) would appreciate this book, as well as those who wish to start one.
These simple words from author Clare Walker Leslie gave me the extra boost needed to buy this incredible book. I was already taken by the illustrations, as their gestural lines and coloring recalled the Vermont Nature Guide that I loved so much. Could I use drawing as a new way to record the world around me?
In my past, drawing was either a class exercise or an imaginative exploration. I have kept writing journals which occasionally led to drawing, but I was always critical of my drawing for not capturing what I saw. I'm not as worried about that now because this book is filled with tips on how to draw, what to focus on, and how to see the beauty in things. Like the deciduous trees drawing exercise alone helped me break down something big and detailed (aka scary) into five easy steps - 1) observe its shape 2) quickly sketch its contour 3) start drawing from the base 4) pick out some parts of the tree like buds and fruits to draw but bunch leaf masses so it doesn't overwhelm you 5) shade the tree in a ring to give it roundness.
If you are looking for ways to connect with nature, on your own or with a class, this book has so much to offer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book. Very informative with beautiful illustrations. Good for children and adults alike.Published 16 days ago by K. Polizzi
This is an amazing book with great text and drawings. Bought my first copy at a store a while ago and not only very much enjoyed it, but also started doing some nature journaling... Read morePublished 29 days ago by kolibrik
So inspiring, not only for children, but for adults too. Any age will be motivated in keeping a nature journal.Published 3 months ago by Babyboomer
Beautifully organized and well written. The authors have given an old time nature journaler some new ideas!Published 7 months ago by Maripat Monterubio
Gorgeous book with MANY illustrations of what she is talking about. This will definitely start me on doing nature drawings in my sketchbooks. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DonnaC