Nature Journaling

When I take the time to draw something in nature, I understand it more.  Drawing forces me to focus on structural details — those structures contain stories about function, and about adaptation to biotic and abiotic factors. I’m especially interested in the stories that structures can reveal about species relationships.   I draw so that I can see better, and so that I can learn those stories.

Some artifacts of my attention:

Witch's hat gall... Plant galls are an obsession of mine... lots of stories contained in a smal space.

Witch’s hat gall… Plant galls are an obsession of mine… lots of stories contained in a smal space.

Hackberry petiole gall


Hackberry petiole gall

Hickory galls

Hickory gall

The aptly named Birds-nest fungus

The aptly named Birds-nest fungus

Notes about my discovery of Bittersweet Nightshade

Notes about my discovery of Bittersweet Nightshade

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Some notes on Bull’s Horn Acacia, and a feather

Elfin saddles

Elfin saddles and a tiny bolete

Fava beans from the "Seeds" journal

Fava beans from the “Seeds” journal

From my "Seed" journal
Calendula seeds from the “Seeds” journal

Mango seed from the “Seeds” journal

Calendula in summer

Some “DYC”

Jack in the pulpit unfurling

Jack in the pulpit unfurling

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Liatris or “gayfeather”

Native dayflower

Native dayflower

Smilax root from dunes at Jekyll

Smilax root from dunes at Jekyll

Virgin's Bower

Virgin’s Bower

Notes on my discovery of Sargassum

Notes on my discovery of Sargassum

Racoon jawbone

Racoon jawbone. The end.

Want to come journal about nature with me?

For botanical gardens, museums, resorts and retreats, for art-science workshops in biology classes and for teacher continuing education, for homeschoolers, or just for fun:

I can tailor nature journaling workshops to suit interests and abilities, but generally I offer workshops in studio and field:

By the hour, individual or small group – $30 per person

3 hour group workshop for six or more – $30 per person

Nature journaling weekend retreat, for two or more, at a cabin within 50 miles of Asheville, NC – $500 per person

All materials supplied, no experience necessary.

Contact me to arrange a workshop or retreat:

Nancy Lowe — sciencecandance (at) gmail (dot) com.

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