365 Nature Walks: Day 95

#Earthschooling365: Day Ninety-Five

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Inner Work Meditation (Heart): This week we will work on some poses that will help enhance inner work/meditation. I am not calling these poses “yoga” poses because they do not come from yoga, they do not need to be posed in a certain manner, and do not need to be held for a certain amount of time. Any relationship these poses may have to a yoga pose is coincidental. Poses can help you open up different parts of your mind to access emotions and even memories that may not be on the surface. Today’s pose is inspired by the tree. Stand straight, imagine your toes are roots growing into the ground and your arms are branches. Before you take this pose ask yourself, “What is one thing I would like to grow within myself?” Then, hold this pose as long as is comfortable for you. Rest. Next, ask yourself “What is one thing I would like to keep/root within myself?” and then hold the pose again for as long as is comfortable. Rest. Repeat this at least three times.

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Nature Walk Idea (Head): Today we saw a baby squirrel. He was so close to the color of the tree that we almost didn’t see him until his silhouette was clear in front of the bright green grass. We have talked before about how animals camouflage in the woods and have seen many examples of this through the lens as well. Today, however, we will take that observation into a different realm. As you have observed animals and camouflage before have you noticed how exact their colors are? A squirrel is a specific color of brown – the same color of brown as the tree. Owls are often the exact same grayish brown color of the trees they live in. Today, on your walk, create specific names for each color of brown that you see. Some of my brown names are: oak brown, pine brown, dead grass brown, deer brown, etc.

Photography Notes (Hands): A few weeks ago we talked about how it is important to observe light when taking black and white photos. However, when taking color photos it is very important to observe color. For the next few days we are going to practice this skill in more depth.  Later we will talk in more complex terms about how this knowledge can be used with different photo editing programs. However, to be able to use this knowledge at all you must first learn how to observe these differences in color. The most common colors you will be adjusting in your photos will be the reds, yellows and/or blues. You may notice that at sunset your photos may have a little bit more red, at dawn they may have a bit more blue and when you shoot photos indoors they may have a bit of a yellow tinge. These colors can all be adjusted later if they need to be. However, there are a large number of factors that can impact the color in your photos. Today’s assignment is to look at your three favorite photos today and identify the reds, yellows and blues. Is your sky very blue or is it a bit yellow-blue (greenish tinge) or red-blue (purple tinge)? Is your grass a solid green like a green crayon or is it a bit more yellow-green or blue-green? Practice making these observations today.

Verse: Forest Colors
Copyright Kristie Burns

The sunlight has a box of paints
With names I’ve not seen yet
Not in my box of beeswax crayons
Nor in my watercolor set

I walk along a Soil Brown lane
Speckled with Shade Blue dots
A Clover Green frog hops by
With dainty Grass Green spots

An Oak Brown squirrel scampers up
A towering Elm Brown tree
While a Cardinal Red bug flies around
And lands on top of me

*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.

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