Self Directed Nature Journaling - Eva Varga

October 4, 20113

After bedtime, my little guy will frequently get out of bed.  When he was younger, he used to sneak into my bed to sleep with me.  Often times, I’d awake in the morning to discover he had also poured himself a glass of orange juice.  The evidence?  He always left the carton and his glass on the counter.

Recently, his modus operandi has changed just a little. Instead of climbing in with me – though he still tries on occasion, but I insist he return to his own bed; afterall, he is getting older – he has pulled out his nature journal and colored pencils.

To relax and help him to fall asleep, he has discovered that sketching in his journal is very calming.  This past week, he has been quite prolific in his illustrations.  All of the pages shown here were done on his own with no assistance or suggestions from me.

I am delighted that he has shown such an interest in nature journaling.  I have encouraged him to pursue this new passion.  I’ve even found photographs in field guides of insects and critters with which he’s had personal experience.  I look forward to seeing more in the years to come.


  • Our Pace

    October 5, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Great idea. Isn’t it amazing when they show an interest! His pictures are really good!

  • Barb-Harmony Art Mom

    October 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Oh my! What a great journaler he has turned out to be even at his young age. The details are so incredible. Thank you so much for sharing your son’s new passion.

  • Zonnah

    October 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    You have a budding artist 🙂

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