This series takes you through an entire year of our nature walks and is part of our non-profit project #Earthschooling365 at www.Earthschooling.org. The photos and posts in this series are all copyrighted. Please do not share or re-print them. Instead, share the link to this blog with your friends.
Along the way I will be sharing our favorite photo of the day, an inner work meditation for the day, photography assignment/tip for the day, nature walk theme for the day and a short verse for circle time (children) or meditation (teens/adults). We invite you to “walk along with us” this year, take some time to use the inner work meditation, be inspired by the nature walk theme of the day and perhaps even start a photo series of your own. To join the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram please tag your photos #Earthschooling365. To receive these inspirations in your e-mail inbox daily please subscribe to our blog alerts HERE. Don’t worry about missing days – you can join us as many days as you want this year!
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You can start your journey any day. You do not have to follow our schedule. However, we will leave up the first week of the project all year so you can follow the steps to get started.
#Earthschooling365: Day Eleven
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Having my camera and looking for the owl again – hoping to capture it – has been so motivating. I was literally jumping out of my chair to go for my walk. Simply because of the possibility of seeing that owl. And that motivation turned into an hour walk and then another and finally this series of blog posts and daily meditations. Meditate today on what small things have motivated you this week. We too often look for motivation in large gestures, big projects, fancy rewards and formal classes but can forget that even something as simple as seeing an owl can be more motivational than anything else. Noticing these small motivators in yourself and others around you can transform your life. Take ten minutes today to think about or make a list of small things that motivate you or someone you are close to.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): When I started taking daily walks with my camera I was surprised at how many birds I had not noticed before. Not all the area birds come to our feeders in back of our house and not all birds put themselves on display. Today, during your nature walk, simply count how many different kinds of birds you see. If you want an advanced challenge you can also write down the names of those birds.
Photography Notes (Hands): Today your assignment is to take a photo of a bird or capture a bird in another artistic manner. Taking a photo of a bird is challenging. They do not like people to get too close, they get startled easily and their features are so small it is hard to take an interesting picture when they are far away. It is also hard to take a picture of them moving around, although ideally pictures more more interesting when there is some movement in them. In looking at my photo I like that there is movement in the bird but I would have liked to get closer. I also noticed that the light did not allow me to capture the beautiful oil-slick colors of this bird. I can use that knowledge to take a better picture next time. Take a look at your bird photos today (or picture, writing or other art) and ask yourself, “what are the unique features about a bird that were challenging for me to capture and why? How can I improve next time?” Did you know you can even create amazing pictures of birds with block crayons? Learn how with our Block Crayon Tutorial Series.
Copyright Kristie Burns
Starling black at night
Oil slick feathers rise with sun
Swirling, fluffed rainbow
*Haiku: A Japanese verse form of three unrhyming lines in five, seven, and five syllables
*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.