Snow is a pretty exciting thing in Memphis just because it is so rare. This winter, although being exceptionally mild, has given us two short episodes of snow (but no accumulation). You can be sure that when it snows, we pull out the nature notebook and document it! Here is our First and Last Snow page. We record the incidents in between the first and last, of course, because we never know when the last one will occur. The idea is that next winter we can compare and see if the snow comes earlier or later.
Modern man has sadly lost his connection to the patterns of nature, and keeping a nature journal like this one helps us to keep in touch with the wonders of our seasons. When our daffodils started blooming, we put that in the notebook, too! Although I am sure it is happening much earlier than it happened last year, I didn’t document it in 2010, so I have no data to confirm my suspicion. Next year, though, we will have the data, recorded by Sprite herself!
A great project to go along with recording seasonal changes would be to take a photograph of the same tree during each season or even once a month. Put the photos side by side and notice the drastic changes. It’s not too late to start. Do it today.
I have made these nature journal pages available as a free download to my readers. Get your free download here.