thanks to all of you for your excellent ideas!
that gives me an idea of what a nature journal might look like.
crystal--we won't have that new book. but i think i may have enough ideas now. and you are so right about our overlooking the common. it does not help that i am terrified of bugs (big ones, like water bugs), so there are limits to what i can handle. lol. like the idea about the constellations.
trish--thanks for the idea on the state parks. we have SO many around us, and even national parks, so we could do those and then use their websites when we get home.
bunnytracks--i am an air force wife too! we are at nellis and live on base so the environment is VERY controlled.
hi glenna! we LOVE the mountains (the ones that have snow on them most of the year)! they are such a refuge from the hot, monotone desert. we have yet to do red rock canyon or lake mead. we'll have to wait until it's not 110 or hotter outside. lol! i did not know red rock had burros that come up to peoples' cars! thanks for the ideas.
we do not have botanical gardens here, but we do have something called "spring's preserve" that the homeschool group goes to quite often, but the way i understand it, it's a preserve of what they have here, which would mean....desert-y stuff. lol. but yes, many things in the desert bloom. we are just past that time, unfortunately.
yes, nicole, i have come to realize this place has it's own unique beauty. maybe not in the middle of the day when it looks like just concrete and dirt, but it's there. lol
holly--YES--i LOVE the way the mountains turn purple at sunset. it's almost like God said "if you'll wait, I'll show you something REALLY fantastic". it's my favorite time of day around here.
oh, and i wanted to ask if our journals look even remotely like nature journals. lol. not that ours have to look like everyone else's, but i wanted to see if i got at least the concept right: