What kind of notebook will I need to use for my “Nature Notebook”?
The easiest answer: whatever you like best.
However, I realize that is vague and if you aren’t used to keeping notebooks, much less a note book with your thoughts and drawings on nature, you might be wondering what to use.
Ideally, you need to have room on the page to draw or paint the flora or fauna that you are journaling about. Additionally, you may also wish for the notebook to be lined for recording your thoughts.
You could have a notebook and use two sheets of paper for each entry: one page for your artistic rendering of your subject matter and one page for your written observations. This would allow you to use paper that is the most suitable for each objective.
Another option would be to use a blank sheet of paper. Leave space on the paper for your drawing and, using a ruler, line the remainder of your page for recording your observations.
You may simply wish to purchase a blank spiral bound or hardbound notebook from your local general merchandise or book store.
Tonight at a meeting with some other CM friends, one of the ladies brought up the book “The Country Diary of the Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holder. True to it’s name, this book records the nature observations of a woman from the early 20th century. It is beautiful to behold. Looking through the book may be intimidating if you are considering your own nature notebook, but try to think of it as merely a guide or an example remembering that we all have our own skills and abilities and no two nature journals will look alike.
Here is a link to “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady: A facsimile reproduction of a 1906 naturalist’s diary” by Edith Holden on Amazon (via our affiliate account) if you wish to see it: