Nature Journal- Day 4

Wild Ozark Nature Journal

A new book I’m working on – the Wild Ozark Nature Journal. It’s going to take me 365 days to write/draw it, though. Today’s entry was the beginning. You can see them all and follow along at my new Wild Ozark Nature Journal site. Or click here to go to Day 1.


This one will be much easier, I thought as I settled on a subject for today’s entry. It is all mostly green, with hardly any other colors to try and incorporate.  Right. Well, it’s hard to make a single color look like more than a coloring book page. So my quest for “easy” ended with being proven wrong yet again.

The difficulty in getting texture and form into a single color gives me grave concerns about the future snow scenes. White is all… white. Right? I hope before I’m faced with a page of white to give personality too that I learn to work with shadow and light a bit more.

The entry for today was carried out while perched on a fairly irregular rock in the middle of a muddy creek bed. My butt was numb five minutes in. Something kept biting my toes, too, but I ignored the numb butt and the stinging toes until I had at least the outline drawn and some sort of plan in place.

Turned out to be ants on my toes, taking offense to my intrusion. The numb butt lasted the duration of my stay. I figured that would be preferable to a wet and muddy one, which is what would have happened if I’d just sat on the ground instead.

Nature journal day 4-Ground Cherry by the Creek
Nature journal day 4-Ground Cherry by the Creek


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I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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