A Collection of Nature Essays

Nature and writing go hand in hand for me, to wax poetically in my artform by branching out into another medium. Another form of expression.

On and off I will sit in or by my car after a great hike and satisfying photo trip to pull out the journal over a hot backpacking meal. To reflect on my day out with the camera helps notice the little details I may overlook if it wasn’t written down.

To witness the changing seasons unfold over time and all of the wonderful moments in quiet stillness out in nature.

Transcribed and for your enjoyment, here are a few excerpts from my journal. The words are basically untouched from how they were written in that moment whilst out in the field.

Hopefully I pictured the scene well enough for you to imagine how the day went! Enjoy the reads..

9/28/2020:
“Fields of goldenrod inundate the meadow grasslands. A gentle gail in the woodland air shakes the leaves around like waving. The overall tone is that of a quiet and peaceful disposition. The tornado damage to mature trees is evident by the lack of pileated woodpeckers. Bluebirds stay perched atop nest boxes while finch counterparts are in the trees. Foliage is beginning to change color too. Pokeweed, a midsummer plant, is still quite abundant. The landscape has been altered dramatically as a lowly canopy plants reign supreme where hardy oaks and poplars once stood.”

9/30/2020:
“A calm breeze shakes the leaves along the creekside. Dotting the far distant landscape is a riparian woodland hill. The foliage is rapidly changing as red shouldered hawks are perched high above. They signal their presence with many wailing calls. The creek water flows strong from the previous day’s rainstorm.”

10/2/2020:
“A nice and quiet morning overall. Hawks and warblers took precedence as I birded the whole park. Many various songbirds were flitting about but before all that I was photographing long exposures of Holes Creek under early morning overcast. The limestone (shale?) and glacial erratics provided a nice layered texture as an abstraction and a wider angle backdrop. Hiking this place a second visit proved to be endlessly valuable! I am not quite sure why I waited this long to come back! The immense scale of the close to 150 acres, variety of habitat and breathtaking foliage and beautiful wildlife was something to behold. Asters, canada goldenrod and white snakeroot were all abundant still, and a lot of foliage already transformed to a vibrant red and with many leaves fallen. A beautiful day.”

10/7/2020:
“A cheery and sunny blue sky day. Not a single cloud in sight and a hefty breeze to boot. The first half of the hike was quite a feat and I am already quite spent. Halfway to go and I should be done before dark. It has heated up quite a bit for early October! By high noon the birds have seemed to mostly settle in besides a few very vocal jays and a kettle of buzzards soaring overhead. I hope I can make it.”

Have you enjoyed these writing pieces? Let me know if you do any nature writing and perhaps even share them down below in the comments!

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