In my opinion, the strongest journal entry is the last one. The prose is my best and is a product of the growth of my writing throughout the quarter. It also contains pictures that reflect exactly what I was writing, something I learned from reading Alex and Grant’s blogs. I also decided to space the pictures out after paragraphs instead of just putting them at the end like in previous journals.
I enjoyed this assignment because it was so individualized and gave me the opportunity to write about a number of themes as well as connect it course readings and course motifs. Although other people in the class also chose to visit Commons Park, our site journals are extremely different and demonstrate the different ways we went about the site journal.
I thought writing about the change in seasons was definitely hard to do. Commons Park doesn’t have a lot of trees or wildlife, so it was hard to talk about it when I couldn’t really tell if anything was truly changing. The main change I noticed was the homeless people started to dress warmer as it got colder. The climate from the beginning of the quarter to now hasn’t changed much, and although it’s colder now at night, it has not been a big enough difference for me to deem significant. It was difficult to visit the park at night because I feared for my safety, so it was hard to get pictures of Commons at night.
It was decently hard to synthesize the essays into one. I had a main theme which made it easier, but all journals had been about different things so that was difficult.
I took a few risks throughout the process of making this blog site and site journal. One of the main risks was taking pictures of dead animals for my 3rd journal. I felt so uncomfortable that I almost didn’t include them, but in the end felt that it was more important for me to show the truth than care about how others viewed me
Throughout the creation of the blog and visiting my site, I learned a lot about writing and how it’s more appealing to write less professionally for certain audiences. Nature writing is included in this because the writing needs to be perceived as natural and unstructured. I found that writing in this manner was fun and didn’t feel like I was writing a typical essay for class. Overall this project was fun, mind-opening, and taught me a lot about nature and its treatment throughout the worlds history