365 Nature Walks: Day 3

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#Earthschooling365: Day Three

March 3

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Inner Work Meditation (Heart): As we embark on our nature walk journey we learn to find beauty and magic in the simple things we see and experience. We are not asking ourselves to go on an exotic vacation or cruise and write about those amazing experiences. We are asking ourselves to find the amazing in what appears to be simple – things that we perhaps walk by and take for granted each day. Meditate for ten minutes today on this concept. In what other places in your life do you do this? Do you expect your health journey to be like a nutritional best-seller? Do you expect your homeschooling journey to be like a Pinterest account? Do you expect your relationships to be as smooth, witty and perfect as a sitcom or movie? Consider, instead, that in all parts of your life you can work on finding the beauty in what is there already rather than expecting there is only beauty in the postcards you send from your exotic island cruise.

Nature Walk Idea (Head):  Focus on experiencing the nature walk through all your senses this week. Yesterday we focused on sight. Today we will focus on touch. As you do this you will realize how under appreciated and under-utilized this sense is. How often do you actually touch things when you visit a place or take a nature walk? Today take time to touch things you wouldn’t usually touch. Touch a flower stem, a leaf on a tree, the trunk of a tree, some moss, or some mud. Tomorrow we will focus on another sense.

Photography Notes (Hands): On days one and two we chose our lens and our tools. Today I will start sharing a little photography tip daily. These tips will help you take better photos. You can also translate these tips into other ways of expression. If you are writing, drawing or painting you will also find these tips useful. Today’s tip is to pay attention to the lighting you have available and notice what it does to the colors in your pictures. Do you notice how blue the sky is in this picture? That is not a filter. That color is vibrant because this picture was taken on a sunny day, but when the sun was not too harsh. Notice how the colors in your pictures are different in different kinds of light. This ability to notice these differences will make you a better artist. Would you like to learn how you can create art with chalk instead of a camera? Consider one of our chalk drawing tutorials HERE.

Verse: Woodpecker
Copyright Kristie Burns

Woodland virtuoso
Vocalist of the bark
Drummer of the timber
Determined to leave his mark

*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.

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