Though I've had a nature tray (antique printer's tray) and other nature displays for years, I felt we needed something different--something more like a nature corner with some of our identification guides and nature journals nearby.
Karl hauled up an old, unused table from the basement and we tucked it into a corner of our enclosed side porch and we've slowly been loading it up with our recent finds and some old favorites. I propped a mirror at the back because I love mirrors and it seemed too bare:
I like the idea of labeling our treasures--an idea I got from articles like this one in the October issue of the British version of Country Living magazine:
We've just begun labeling the most familiar finds and we will spend time this week identifying the others:
On the floor next to the table we gathered our most frequently used nature identification guides. Two of the children's three-ring binder nature journals are propped up next to a book basket:
Next, I'll fill a basket with our favorite Prismacolor colored pencils, sketching paper, and other essentials, and slide it under the table.
I'm pleased with this new nature corner and think it will encourage us to nature journal more often and enjoy our finds in new ways.