1. What is the strongest entry in the site journal? Why?
I believe that my strongest entry is “Sundown”; it is the precursor for a reoccurring theme throughout most of my blog with sunsets. I really enjoyed taking those photographs and roaming around the park that day. I also think that it helps convey a message of how much sunsets mean to me as I included personal anecdotes.
2. What did you enjoy about this assignment? Why?
I enjoyed being able to get away from the hectic college life that has been thrust upon me; going to my site was an escape from all that was going on at DU. Seeing the beauty of Colorado strongly reminded me of why I came out here in the first place. It gave me a sense of hope that reassured me whenever I felt doubtful of my journey in Colorado.
3. What was difficult or challenging about the assignment? What could be improved in your site journal, or what do you wish you had done differently?
The difficult part was finding time to get out to my site during hectic weeks; I regret picking a spot so far from campus since I do not have reliable transportation methods. It was also challenging to write at Daniels’ Park since there was not much biodiversity which made it difficult to write about flora and fauna. If I could do this again, I would pick a place that had more exciting natural features as well as more animals, flowers, etc. It would make it easier to write about and easier to be descriptive.
4. How did you synthesize your entries as you completed the final version of the site journal?
All of my posts [except “The American Bison”] mention the differences between New York and Colorado which is a main theme for my blog as seen in the URL: 631 to 303, my hometown area code to Denver’s area code. Although many of the comparisons do not relate, I hope that provides some synthesis to the reader as they can see how different or similar New York and Colorado are, in my opinion.
5. What risks – in the writing, images, ideas – did you take in the site journal?
I think that a risk I took was writing formally. I thoroughly enjoy environmental literature and when I think of that, I think of rather formal writing. Though I know we are supposed to be ‘fun’ and reach out to the reader in our site journal, I opted to go formal. I tried to write similarly to John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, obviously I am no where near as talented as either, but they are two of my heroes so I figured I could try to emulate their writing. Another risk I took was with “The American Bison” as it strays away from the New York to Colorado and takes on a historical tone as I focus more on the journey of bison in America rather than the herd in Daniels’ Park but I believe it is a story that needs to be told as it is not very well known.
6. What did you learn about your site and about nature writing by completing the site journal?
I learned that nature writing is extremely enjoyable but also very difficult. I would like to become better at it throughout the years, potentially attempting to get published. I have always loved reading nature writing so it is nice to be on the other side of it all; experiencing the same thoughts that some of the greats have. I learned more about the geography of Colorado and the Front Range as I journeyed to my site. I am glad I got to write this site journal, though it may have sometimes felt like a chore, in the end, it was rewarding.