In mid-2020, I tried following henry david thoreau’s routine of doing a fieldwork in the afternoon, taking notes, and processing those notes in the following morning.
Here are the steps I took to process those notes.
Field notes aggregation
- Go through photos taken yesterday and delete anything that needs to be deleted.
- Transfer photos from phone to Macbook.
- Put photos to the Fieldwork folder.
- Create a new subfolder with the date of the fieldwork as title (ex. 2020-10-17).
- Transfer all photos and videos to this subfolder.
- Use ImageOptim to reduce the file size of each photo in bulk.
- Transfer each plant photo to be identified to Botany - Identify notebook in Evernote.
- Create a new note in Nature Journal.
- Gather all field notes in one note. Delete the notes after added.
- Integrate all field notes to the new Nature Journal note.
- Go through the photos and videos taken to add more details to the notes. Insert corresponding photos to these details.
Plant species identification
- Start identifying each plant through NatureID.
- If plant is not in Nature ID, post it in the iNaturalist community to get help in identification.
- Search for plant details from Stuartxchange’s Philippine Medicinal Plants.
- Start filling in the fieldwork report with photos and names of the identified plants.
I kept these narratives in a Nature journal.
I stopped doing this after a few weeks when I realized it took almost the entire day, and that I had so much more interests to pursue. This made me realize that my love of nature is not as strong as Thoreau’s and that I like to spend more time inside my head. I switched to my morning writing practice not long after this.