Nature Journaling Weblog
Everyone lives in a watershed. A watershed is a basin that catches all the rainwater and snowmelt that runs into a particular lake or stream. Not far from where I'm writing this is a little stream called Moon Brook.
It is snowing this morning, a gentle snow without wind; the sun is shining through a break in the clouds. The last five days it has snowed, with no let-up in the forecast. Ski areas are already open and it's still a week until Thanksgiving.
I have measured 26 inches of snow already in my backyard.
I live on the northeast rim of the Allegheny Plateau near glacier-carved Chautauqua Lake.
Water is in and all around us. We are mostly made of water. Even the air we breathe usually has some water in it and the ground beneath us contains water too. Without water, life on earth could not exist.
If you want to find wildlife, go where there is water - it's a wildlife magnet.
The following exercise will give you practice in using the field journal to enhance the writing process. The exercise employs clustering, a non-linear brain-storming process that allows greater access to your creativity during the prewriting stage, and eases the entire writing process.
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