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May Nature Journal


 

 

Focus Point

 

Select a natural “being” (such as a wildflower, leaf or tree). If your “being” is large, focus-in on a small part of the “being” so you can reveal as much detail as possible.

“Frame” a portion of the sky (N,S,W,E) and then note the wind speed and direction. Wait ten minutes and repeat the process. Be sure to “frame” the sky in the same direction. Note any differences and suggest possible reasons for any change or lack of change.

Select a “being” whose identity seems changed/transfigured by the current season.

 

 Reflection

Thoreau went to the woods by Walden Pond to learn about nature and himself. He observed nature and reflected on what it had to teach him about life and his place in the universe. 

Read the following passage from Walden,  Thoreau's account of his two years in the woods, and reflect upon Thoreau's experiences as a nature journaler and your own.

"My purpose in going to Walden Pond was not to live cheaply …but to transact some private business with the fewest obstacles… I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" (Thoreau).

 

 Explore

Learn more about Thoreau and his world by exploring the texts linked here.