Beechmont Nature Journal update & announcing the Gold Coast Nature Journal Group

Spring is stirring up here in the mountains. It was great to walk the tracks of Binna Burra again, after nearly a year of Lamington National Park being closed. So lovely to lose myself in those forests again!

The Red Cedar Toona ciliata becomes much more obvious in spring, when new red leaves start to unfurl from its bare branches. Many Red Cedars are scattered through Beechmont, peeping out of tangled forests and standing proud in otherwise bare paddocks. Spring also has many fragrances, including the Sweet Pittosporum Pittosporum undulatum.

Masses of yellow flowers have also appeared on a variety of trees not known for showy blooms… and the plant responsible turns out to be this lovely Wonga Vine Pandorea floribunda.

The days are getting longer, the summer bird migrants are arriving, and the frog choruses are getting louder. So much to see and do can be exhausting for a little dog!

And for those living in or near south east Queensland, I’m very happy to announce the first meeting of the Gold Coast Nature Journal Group. This group replaces the Woonoongoora Nature Journal Group, which was based at Binna Burra, before the Sept 2019 fire. I decided to expand the geographical scope of the group, to make it easier for more people to attend, and also to explore the many wonderful natural places of the Gold Coast region.

The Gold Coast Nature Journal Group meets once a month at various locations around the Gold Coast and Gold Coast hinterland, Queensland, Australia. The group is for people interested in observing and responding to nature through drawing and writing. Bring along your curiosity, good humour and something to write and/or draw with, and let’s have fun nature journaling.

On Sunday 27th September 2020 we will meet at a very precious remnant of wallum heathland, paperbark swamp and cypress pine forest in the northern Gold Coast. Wildflowers are sure to abound, so this session we’ll be focusing on flowers. See the Gold Coast Nature Journal group page for more details and other dates for the rest of 2020, including your chance to create a treasure map, adventures in the rainforest (of course!) and a trip to David Fleay Wildlife Park to draw animals.

I’m also very pleased to be offering my ‘Introduction to Nature Journaling’ workshop at Miami on the Gold Coast on Saturday 26th September, thanks to the City of Gold Coast. See the Events page for details.

But what if you live elsewhere, and want to take part in Australian-flavoured nature journaling? Well I’m very excited that nature journaling teachers are popping up all over the place. Woohoo! Check these out:

There are lots of different nature journaling sessions on offer during the inaugural Nature Festival in South Australia 2020. Browse the program here.

The Melbourne Nature Journal Club started by Amy Diana. Workshops have been via Zoom under lockdown so you can attend from anywhere (not just Melbourne).

The Brisbane Nature Journal Club started by Bethan Burton. Next session is 27th September at Mt Coot-tha.

The Newcastle Nature Journaling Club started by Henrietta Mooney. Next session is 19th September at the Hunter Region Botanic Garden.

Please let me know if there are more nature journaling teachers / groups in Australia not listed here. Or if you are on facebook, please feel free to post about your events and activities in the group Nature Journaling Australia.

Happy nature journaling!

2 Responses

  1. Sue Southwood

    Its an altogether different feeling isnt it…walking through the bush with so many new flowers and leaves and birds and, and, and…If there is anyone down in Wollondilly/Macarthur or the Southern Highlands interested in forming a group to go Nature Journalling I am very interested. Even the Wollongong area has lots of really interesting stuff to see and enjoy. Have been hibernating since March…feeling all woolly! Love your pic of your poor little dog…bet she was up and rearing to go at dawn.

    • Paula Peeters

      Hey Sue great to hear from you! I’m back in the woollies this morning, it’s lovely and fresh up here in the hills. Oh little Esther still loves her walks – and we have a little pram to get her up the hills now. I would love to see some of your nature journaling :). All the best, Paula