I’m honored to be a guest on the Journaling with Nature Podcast with Bethan Burton. It was so lovely to talk with her and I feel like we are kindred spirits.
You can also find the podcast here on Bethan’s site, Journaling with Nature, or Apple Podcast Episode 116: Lisa Spangler – Watercolor Wanderer. I’ve been a longtime fan of Bethan’s podcasts and I highly recommend subscribing so you don’t miss one! You can also follow her adventures on Instagram @journalingwithnature.
Did you ever finish an interview and then you think of a bunch of things that you wished you’d remember to say? That’s what happened to me! So I thought I’d put some thoughts down here:
- My Instagram name, @sideoats, comes from my love of prairies — sideoats grama is the state grass of Texas and my favorite grass — shhhh, don’t tell the other grasses! Find out more about sideoats grama here on the Wildflower Center plant database. This is a wonderful resource for looking up more information about native plants.
- I do the website for the Native Prairies Association of Texas, a nonprofit land trust. Find an article with a much better definition of prairies here.
- Did you know that of the original 20 million acres of tallgrass prairie, less than 1% now remains? It hurts my heart that kids are taught more about lions and tigers and the rainforest than our own prairie ecosystem. This article on Why Prairies Matter is a great read.
- John Muir Laws is one of my art heroes — his videos and books really helped me recover from 6 (!) leg surgeries after I tore my ACL while hiking. I should write up a post on that soon!
Let me know if you give it a listen and if you have any questions. Reflecting on our conversation makes me so thankful for the nature journaling community.