An Excellent New Resource for Those of Us Who “Wander & Write” (barefoot or not)
Paula Peeters is one of my favorite bloggers . . . I am always surprised and delighted at the creative glimpses she provides of her corner of the world (the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia).
Her blog name–“Paperbark Writer”–is a combined reference to both Beatles and botany: a nod to the song “Paperback Writer” as well as to the dominant tree genus of her region, the paperbark (Melaluca) . (When we bought our house forty+ years ago, there was a little grove of paperbarks–bottle-brush trees–in the front yard. While they continue to be planted as a low-water landscape tree here in Southern California, imported paperbarks have invaded Florida’s wild-lands and now threaten native plant habitat.)
Back to the point of this blog post: Paula has just published a really fine booklet about nature journaling that she is offering for free as a PDF. “Make a Date with Nature: An Introduction to Nature Journaling” is 32 pages of helpful instruction–and INSPIRATION–enlivened by her wonderful artwork.
Here’s a quote from the introduction on Paula’s philosophy of nature journaling:
“A journal should be a playful, helpful, adventurous, extension of yourself. A sandpit for exploring your responses to the world. Something a bit frowsy, a bit lop-sided, a bit ramshackle at times. But at other times it will resonate with a rare quality. It might be beauty, it might be insight, it might be as simple as a two lines that perfectly capture the bird you glimpsed flying by. But you will catch your breath, and be quietly amazed at what you’ve created. That sentence or story or picture will be yours: your unique response to the world.”
I’m looking forward to trying some of her prompts on future “barefoot wandering and writing” adventures . . . thanks, Paula for your generous sharing of this gift to happy wanderers all over the world!
I’ll close with another excerpt of “Make a Date With Nature” . . .
[But’s what’s a blog post with no barefoot references? So here’s one last photo from a recent trail run . . . I mean trail crawl. I’ve been having fun incorporating crawling into my trail time . . . and I can’t help wondering if these odd tracks in the dust have other trail users scratching their heads . . . ]