|Pages from my 2011 diary|
|Pages of my holiday in Scotland 2012|
When people look through them, three things come to mind. 1) The drawings. Most people just look at my diaries to admire my drawings. I have come along way since I was little. They used to be unrecognisable childish scribbles like any child at a young age. But it wasn't until I was at high school that my drawings became more detailed and a thing that I loved to do and improve on. After several years of art courses at two colleges, I actually began to lose interest in art.
|Pages from my 2013 diary|
|More from 2013 (photos of butterflies and moths)|
In 2012, my brother went to Afghanistan. I wanted to boost his moral over there and to get my mind on something else, so I decided to make a bird guide for him. In a few months, I managed to draw every bird from Afghanistan and filled two books worth. In fact, I had completed one book in time for him to take back with him. When he returned from his tour months later, he gave my book back covered in Afghan dust! Pages from my Afghan bird guide book are shown below.
If I have inspired you to create a wildlife diary of your own, it is easy to do. There are many ways to do it too. All you need to do is either gather enough pieces of paper and tie them together or buy a sketchbook with plain paper. Then it is all up to you. Keep note of the date, the places you visit, the weather and of course, the wildlife that you see. You can put as much or as less detail as you want and include things that you have collected, photographs you have taken and sketches you have drawn (don't worry about how good or bad you are). It is good thing to get children to do, too. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get your diary started!