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Outdoor Hour #1 - Let's Get Started!

29 January 2009


For the longest time I've been wanting to join in the Outdoor Hour Challenges over at the Handbook of Nature Study. I hesitate to tell you when I actually began printing out the Challenges each week but suffice it to say a very long time ago. So quite appropriately, the very first challenge is entitled - Let's Get Started! - obviously the hardest part for me!

Now, once I finally sat down to get this adventure started the very first sentence of the assignment electrified me with it's timely advice -

Nature study is, despite all discussions and perversions, a study of nature; it consists of simple, truthful observations that may, like beads on a string, finally be threaded upon the understanding and thus held together as a logical and harmonious whole.

Simple, truthful observations strung one after another on a string like beads. This I can relate to! So in keeping with my new theme of simple and truthful I will honestly relate that my nature walk consisted of my morning walk across the beach to the shower house with a stop at the screened porch for coffee. Then I turned around and came back, coffee in hand just as the sun was clearing the horizon.



Later on I sat down with watercolor pencils and tried to capture my memory of the morning. I adore working with watercolor pencils, it's like magic when the water-ladened brush brightens, and yet softens, the picture.



Finally, I am going to do a bit of research on my own on those gorgeous Ibis I'm enthralled with right now. That would be 3 matures and one immature in my picture above. Marianna, on the other hand, is awfully fond of the Little Green Heron that likes to hang out on seawall behind our boat. She chose to put him on the roots of the mangrove island just off the swimming hole for her sketch. Make sure you click over to her blog as she posts along with me for her take on the Outdoor Hour Challenges.



Phew! I think that just about wraps up our very first Outdoor Hour Challenge! We've Started! The first step has been taken - hurray!

Please visit the Handbook of Nature Study Blog to join in the fun!
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