Past Meetup

Nature Journaling Mondays, Feb 11--Bald Eagles


Lake Accotink Park

7500 Accotink Park Road · Springfield, VA

How to find us

Meet in the large parking lot on the left off Accotink Park Rd. As you enter the lot, turn right and look for our group in the left hand corner below the train trestle.

Location image of event venue


Since a number of you had to miss the January visit to the Bald Eagles’ nest, we are going again on Feb. 11.

Our January 28th Nature Journaling day to the Bald Eagles nest was really cold but no wind and lots of sunshine. The Bald Eagles were very active. We camped out with the nest in view, and saw what appeared to be a pair tending the nest. They would leave and come back over and over. And as Marcia Furman notes in her journal, they were loud….lots of calling. Then we all thought a third adult Eagle showed up, maybe to challenge the male (I confirmed that yes there is a 3rd adult). There’s also a juvenile Bald Eagle, and a Pileated Woodpecker in the same area. A walker told us that a pair of Barred Owls are in the vicinity too.

It was so much fun!!! There were five of us. Marcia’s journal pages nailed our experience. A section of it is shown on this announcement, but look under photos to see the whole page, which is so well done!!!!

In addition to art supplies, definitely bring binoculars if you have them (I will bring a couple of extra pairs) and something to sit on in case there’s too many of us for the bench. A chair is nice, but even a comfy towel will do.

Nature Journaling improves your observation skills, helps you become comfortable sketching and painting outdoors, and doing studies that inspire future paintings.

Nature Journaling also opens a door to a fascinating world of local natural wonders, stimulating your imagination and creativity.

A good basic Nature Journaling kit includes: 6x8” or 5x7” sketchbook (at least 90 lb. weight paper to handle light watercolor washes), HB drawing pencil, pencil sharpener, Kneaded eraser, a waterproof ink pen such as a Pigma Micron 01 or 05, set of watercolor pencils (Derwent is a good brand), a small container for water (film canisters work great), Pentel Aquash Water Brush and Paper Towels. Or bring whatever materials you are comfortable using. Also bring your cell phone and/or a camera for photo references, and binoculars.

Please NOTE: For this outing, we will meet in the large parking on the left as you drive into the park on Accotink Park Road. It’s the first parking area you will see if you are new to the park. As you enter the lot, turn to the right and park in the area closest to the railroad trestle.

Please text or call me—Elaine Sevy,[masked], if you can’t find us or have questions (email address is [masked]).

Directions to Lake Accotink Park (Don't use GPS devices):

Take Springfield/644W exit from I-95, which puts you on Old Keene Mill Road. At 3rd stoplight, turn right on Hanover Rd. Continue on Hanover (through residential section) to Highland Ave. Turn Left.
Turn right on Accotink Park Rd. The park entrance is on the left (an industrial area is on the right). Accotink Park Rd. continues here. Take it until you reach the large parking lot on the left, before you reach the dam. This lot is below the railroad trestle.