Part of my role in our school district this year is working with primary teachers, exploring the teaching and learning of science. We are involved in a national collaborative Looking Closely project, getting young students outside, being present with the natural world and taking time to observe, notice and wonder. This is part of who I am and a stance with which I try and live my life.
I have enjoyed joining classes of kindergarten and grade 1 students as we venture outside and discover natural treasures like mushrooms growing under decomposing leaves, acorns missing their "hats" and more recently, slush and snow and mud! The students have loved using magnifying glasses and macro lenses to get up close and notice details in things they usually otherwise pass by.
In amassing my collection of "looking closely" books, I came across a book called By a Maine River: A Year of Looking Closely by Thomas and LeeAnn Szelog and it inspired me to do my own looking closely project. I decided to choose a spot close to home, that I walk to often or ride my bike to when the weather gets better (and my shoulder too). Happens to be by a river as well...the Mighty Fraser.
My intention is to look closely during some of my visits there and capture what I notice in photographs. Of course, this all came to me in early February and being the mathy kind of girl I am, I felt I needed to start in January so I frantically checked my phone to see if I even had one image from January to get started and alas, just one, not really looking closely but at least, introducing this place.
Today, our heavy snowfall is finally beginning to melt but there are still signs of winter and snow around. A short walk around Garry Point with my camera and olloclip on my phone helped me to pause and look closely at some forms from the natural world.
looking closely at snow...
looking closely at heather...
March is just around the corner so I am looking forward to what will catch my eye the next time I make my down near the river.