Last week, I took a walk to a local nature reserve called Tunstall Hills. It takes less than ten minutes to get there on foot and so I was able to leave the car behind. I didn’t take my DSLR with me but did manage to use my phone to take a few pics so I could identify some of the butterflies I spotted whilst I was there by using an identifier when I got back home. I recorded one of my finds in my Traveler’s Notebook and thought I would share the pages with you in case you fancy doing something similar in your journal.
The first page is simply a record of my little trip out and an observational drawing I did (developing my drawing skills in still one of my goals for this month too). Obviously, I didn’t draw it in the field as it landed for about five seconds, just long enough for me to get a quick snap but I copied from a photograph I found on this website into a piece of paper I cut from my sketchbook. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out although I think I need to work on my techniques for using coloured pencils!
The second page is a couple of photos from the aforementioned website and some information I collected The Wildlife Trusts website. I have a Standard Sized TN page template set up on MS Word and I add the photos and the information to that and then print it off. I identified the little brown butterfly as a ringlet. I wish I could have captured how velvety it looked!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my nature journaling. I plan to do a lot more in the future and will definitely be doing more observational drawing as I really enjoyed it.
Until next time,