Cynthia Reynolds Examples


    Nature Journaling Writing Examples

Nature Journaling entries are observations about nature. Scientists use journals for recording detailed observations about their subject. The Nature Journal is a place to combine observation with feelings about nature.

There are a number of short poetic forms that come naturally while you are writing down your observations, such as List poems, Word poems, Haiku, Cinquain and Fibs.

Begin with a list of observations and see what happens by the time you get to the end – you may find a poem just happens!

List Poem

A descriptive poem of any length. The rhyme at end is optional:


Blue sky,
White heron,
Long neck,
Wide wing.
Do you sing?


The Shark Tank

As long as you are outside!


Black Crowned Night Heron

Blue gray with white feathers,
Long feather on head like a punk rocker,
Yellow legs,
Sits on a log at the edge of a waterfall,
Oblivious to the rush of water around him.
Or perhaps quite aware
And waiting for a fish to come his way
Powered by nature’s conveyer belt.


Word Poem (also called Name Poem or Acrostic Poem)

Non-rhyming descriptive poem – spell the name of the object vertically on the page – each line begins with one of the letters in the word – try to describe the object in the limited amount of lines.

Mounds of bright green
On the ground around a tree
Shaped like little stars
So soft



A Japanese nature poem, 3 lines, 17 syllables or less, usually 5-7-5

Small brown white-striped quick
Darts into the garden pots
Stealing my berries



(Non-rhyming, 5 line poem, 2- 4- 6- 8- 2 syllables. The first line should be the title or where possible, the subject of your observation.)

Tall, graceful wands
Spiked with pink and white tubes;
Each long flower hides a secret


New poetic form based on Fibonacci sequence – a mathematical progression that sequences by adding the previous two numbers, (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13, etc.). Fibonacci sequences are found in nature as whorls or spirals. Examples are snail shells, the arrangement of seeds in the center of a sunflower, pine cone seeds, leaves on artichokes, etc. The poetic form is six lines using 20 syllables in form 1- 1- 2- 3- 5- 8.

Pine Cone
Slightly curve --
Scales hide secret seeds
That hope some day to be a tree.


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