Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winter Project: Notice Daily

Wild Grape & Black Cherry
Wild Grape & Black Cherry
I am looking forward to winter solstice with great anticipation. I know this may sound strange for me, but I have decided that beginning on the winter solstice, and going through to spring equinox, I need to make at least one nature observation each day. I believe this discipline will help me notice more.

This idea is inspired by Henry Thoreau, who wrote daily observations of all sorts, and by Jim Brandenburg, who undertook a personal project in 1994 to limit himself to take only one photograph per day between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice. The resulting images became a book (Chased by the Light, 1998) and breathed new life into Jim's photography.

Any observation counts, and I will record these observations in notebook rather than on the blog to relieve me from the "pressure to publish." I think the key is going to be developing a daily habit to notice something—no matter how trivial—and just take a minute to write it down. Even such notes as "saw a rabbit while taking out the garbage," or "there are 3 pairs of cardinals foraging in the backyard" will count. I expect there will also be days when I write much more and it turns into something I feel led to post here.

So anyway, that's the plan, and I'm looking forward to seeing what this project brings.

On a sort of related note, here's a picture of my border collie, Sadie, from the other day. Our snow is pretty much completely gone now. This rock is in the woods on the hill behind our house. The thin leaves you see in the foreground and right in front of Sadie are River Cane (Arundinaria gigantea).

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