Book Review–A Guided Nature Journal

Bullet journals (or BuJos for those in the know) are the darling of the analog set. They offer a creative way to keep track of daily, weekly, life goals and more. Pinterest and Instagram are full of examples of how to do this.


Timber Press now offers BuJos for the gardening and nature minded among us, with creative prompts included. Maggie Enterrios’s Nature Observer: A Guided Journal was created, it says, so that people could “experience nature in new and meaningful ways—in every season.” At the end of the year, the person completing the journal should have “a keepsake of your favorite adventures and places.”


The journal can be started in any season. The weeks and months are blank so that the person  beginning can start when he or she likes. If winter or January is not a natural beginning point, choose a warmer month, or even summer, to begin. Unlike a garden journal (see Monday’s upcoming post) which would follow the more natural progression of seasons in a person’s garden, but is also blank so it can be started at any time) this journal, being nature-themed, is perfectly suited for an outdoor trip. It can then be continued upon returning home—it doesn’t ask that the “observer” necessarily venture anywhere more exotic than his or her backyard or a nearby nature preserve or park.

The use of the words “nature preserve” may be a little confusing to some readers since it’s not one we use here in Connecticut. Just think of our many fine natural recreation areas instead. It’s a matter of semantics.

Otherwise, this journal offers prompts for observing nature in all its forms. There are suggestions for observing colors: one week we are prompted to find every color of the rainbow in nature. Another week we are asked to observe the different shades of brown in autumn. We are asked to draw spider webs in October and ice in December. Beyond visual observations, we are asked to think about flavors, and smells and scents (different things, I think).

Together with the garden journal that I will discuss on Monday this makes a fine addition to a gardener’s library and will certainly sharpen his or her senses—all of them!


3 thoughts on “Book Review–A Guided Nature Journal

  1. Sharon Cianfarani January 5, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Hi Karla, I have limited knowledge on this type of thing.  A question.  If this is an electronic “book”  is the book totally private to me?  Or can the website/provider/seller of this service see what I have posted.  I am concerned about privacy.  I like the idea. Thank you, Sharon C.

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  2. gardendaze January 5, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for reading and asking. No, what I am showing you is my copy of the hardbound journal (it is NOT available as an e-book). While I suspect if you went on Pinterest you could find pages of a similar nature that you could fashion into a journal for yourself (that’s where I first learned f the “BuJo” concept), there are lots and lots of garden journals out there. Monday I will show you yet another of my hardbound copies of a different journal. If you look back to my last Monday’s entry, you’l see a third version of a hard bound journal.

    This is merely meant to illustration the variety of garden journals out there and to show the two newest ones that are available from Timber Press.

    As for online privacy–you raise a good point. That’s why I write in hardbound paper journals.


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