One of my favorite outside activities that we are doing at IOS is nature journaling. We begin by recording the date and temperature and making a small box on our page to draw what the clouds look like today. Then we sketch what we see. There is so much to see, from the little twigs with their complicated bark markings, to rocks with rough grainy surfaces to the way the creek looks as the water swirls around tree trunks.
As we sit and sketch, we become aware of birds starting to sing around us because we have become so quiet. Looking up, I notice that you can see bird nests so much better in February when there are no leaves in the canopy. Beauty is everywhere around us even now in its more stark attire.