I made a couple of simple pamphlet stitch notebooks using an old sketchbook and some reject prints. Even though I have lots of ready-made notebooks, its so nice to make your own. It's also the perfect size to fit into the palm of my hand.
At home, I transcribe my notes into word lists, which I then use as a source for writing my poetry. I've found that the notetaking is really helping me with my observation and attention skills when out in nature. And writing it down in-situ avoids any memory frustrations 😊
Here's some examples of poetic exercises in which I've used my notes from a recent kayak trip:
Syllabic Verse - Two Stanzas of alternating 7-5-7 syllables
Olive green water, opaque
ripples mirror my
boat drifting with the current.
Horizontal branches reach
out, filtering light,
soft shadows and reflections.
Syllabic Verse - One stanza of verse running 3 6 1 4 8 4 1 6 3 syllables
rhythm of paddle strokes,
clothed in shadows.
Mangrove honeyeater forest
water outflow like a
|So much inspiration amongst the mangroves -|
reflections, the smell of mud, honeyeaters,
|Paddling a kayak and writing in my notebook|
can be a challenge....but luckily my partner
Craig is very patient and waits for me.
He is already used to me taking photos and
a few selfies!
|My handmade notebook, also|
challenging to keep it dry when
out on the water
|Some of my notes....errrrr....scribbled|