A writer inspired by nature and human nature


by Bette A. Stevens

As a nature lover, teacher, reader and writer I often took my class on nature walks with clipboards, pencils and plenty of paper in hand. A great, creative writing project to do with the grandkids!  Goal—each person finds something interesting and inspiring. It might be a flower, a tree, an insect. Subjects in the great outdoors are unlimited.

Take notes, usually a list, word web or other diagram about one or two of the most interesting things you’ve observed. Then, write a poem about what you’ve selected and illustrate your poem. Haiku (three lines: 5-7-5 syllables) is one of my favorites for creating quick word snapshots that kids really enjoy writing. Talk to the kids about similes, metaphors and other figurative language. Have an example on hand to model and share with the kids.

With illustrated poems in hand, take another nature walk. Find an outdoor theatre (under the shade of a tree in the backyard or playground ). You might even choose to take a walking field trip to a nearby park. Bring a lunch or snack and enjoy a “Poetry Party,” where everyone gets to perform!

All of my life, I’ve been inspired by the beauty and wonder in the world around me. A camping trip with my family to Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine decades ago inspired me to write this word snapshot, and, of course, I had fun illustrating it, too.

This was one of my classroom “shares.”

  • Writing Haiku or any short form of poetry is a great, creative family or classroom activity that’s fun for everyone!
  • Discover how to write a haiku and find out why reading and writing poetry is good for everyone at Bette’s Poetry Party Let’s Haiku Lesson #free Pdf. (Simply Click & Print/Includes Note to Parents & Educators).
  • Illustrate your poems and have your own Haiku Party.
  • As an extra bonus, you’ll have personal posters for rooms, bulletin boards or scrapbooks!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture. Stevens has self-published five books to date and has a second poetry collection on the drawing board.

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Comments on: "Maine’s Moosehead Lake HIKING & HAIKU—Here, there and everywhere!" (75)

  1. An inspiring place that you’ve taken us all to thanks to your prose, haiku, and illustration. THANKS, Bette!

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  2. Memories of Moosehead!
    This is wonderful!

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  3. I can tell that Moosehead Lake is a beautiful place. It’s wonderful a trip there inspired you to write this Haiku and did the illustration. They both are beautiful, Bette! Thanks for sharing. ❤

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  4. So lovely to hear a camping trip from years ago inspired you to write this snapshot and come up with this illustration. The colours are so vibrant and welcoming in your sketch. Your post reminded me of my days in school where my teacher eagerly took my and my class out to observe the trees and birds and sketch. Those were very fun excursions. Hope you are well and have a good weekend 🙂

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    • Hi, Mabel. Thanks so much for your lovely note and visit. Delighted to hear that you enjoyed and shared your own memories. We are well and hope that you are too! Have a blessed and beautiful week, my friend! ❤ xo

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  5. I love this, Bette!

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  6. so beautiful! many tx for sharing, Bette 🙂

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  7. Thank you for sharing your adventures!!.. seeing Maine through your eyes are like being there!… “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown)…. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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  8. Lovely post 💕😊🌹

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  9. Lovely post and haiku, Bette. Nature always inspires! Wonderful suggestions, too. 💗

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  10. I love your suggestions for writing haiku, Bette. They are similar to those I offer. 👍🤩

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  11. I love your phrase, Bette, “…creating quick word snapshots…” You are an exceptionally creative lady, Bette! ❤️ Illustrating, poetry, prose, baking….you are an inspiration! ❤️

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  12. Bette, a lovely illustration and beautiful poem inspired by your trip! Any time spent outdoors at school were the best times! In our last year at primary school, aged about 10, the class undertook one memorable walk across the moors from the local town to the school, nearly four miles! It was incredible, liberating, inspirational. Our teacher, with a particular interest in creative writing, then had us writing about the experience! I still have my illustrated piece at home. Thank you for sharing your work here and for bringing back special memories for me! xx ❤️

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  13. My friend and I went to stay with my aunt when I was eleven and I still remember a walk on Box Hill, a Surrey beauty spot. We collected a few wildflowers to press when we got home . I have no idea what happened to my book of pressed flowers, but I can still picture the single powder blue harebell I collected and how it turned out perfectly pressed. It has taken a while to write about it!

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  14. You’re right Bette. I’ve tried this kind of nature field trip in the past with middle school kids in the Florida Everglades and found that this environment amazingly energized them by the. experience.
    You just cannot underestimate the creative learning potential from studying a leaf, insect, or sea of grass.

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  15. How lovely, Bette. I used to take my biology classes when I taught at UC Irvine to the tide pools and also to the Anza Borrega desert. They told me those trips made the course memorable!

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  16. Your students would always remember those trips even when they grow older, as such moments of joy come alive each time we look at a tree or a flower. Wonderful teaching dear friend. Stay blessed!

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Fun post, Bette:) I love the idea of a Poetry Party!

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  18. Good one, Bette! You make this look easy, but I’m sure that it’s not!

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  19. This is so inspirational! I love nature walks, and what a fun thing to do with children. Great idea, Bette!

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  20. What a fun thing to do with your class, your kids, your grands or your great grands. Leave the phones at home and go experience nature then write about it. Brilliant.

    The lake is most beautiful. I would enjoy exploring there.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. ♥

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  21. Such a beautiful poem, Bette. Nature at its best. Thanks for the awesome share, Bette.

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  22. Beautiful ideas, Bette! 💖xo

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  23. Nature is so inspiring!! Taking your class outside is such a great idea. I often did it with my English as a Second Language classes and they loved it.

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  24. What a talented author you are, combining haiku with your own illustrations.

    A few months ago my husband designed a birthday card for a friend in Maine. Of course it included a MOOSE and some lobsters. Ha!

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  25. Beautiful, Bette!❤️

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  26. Lovely poem and illustration, Bette 🙂

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  27. Lovely post, Bette. I enjoyed your illustrated word snapshot. You’re quite talented! 🙂

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  28. This really is lovely, Bette. I love reading your poems about beautiful places you visit.

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  29. We used to summer at Pleasant River Lake which was north of Ellsworth (about 18 miles by dirt road). It was great. No electricity, no running water. Just the lake. Then people started bringing in power and washing machines and polluted the lake and the lumber company came and cut down all the trees. Great memories, but sad the way it ended.

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    • That was the wonderful wilderness back then, Marilyn… Thankfully we still have wilderness areas to be explored, but unless they are designated and maintained by local, state or national government they just keep disappearing. ❤ So glad you had time to enjoy them while they were wild. xo

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  30. Fantastic,enjoyed reading it.Thank you very much madam for sharing your thoughts and I really appreciate your love for the nature and the beautiful world .Take care.🌹🙏

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  31. A wonderful haiku in tribute to a lovely place, Bette. I have great memories of trips to Moosehead Lake as a little kid.

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  32. I love this nature walk and poetry party idea! I’ve done acrostics with kids (as a classroom volunteer), but not with a nature walk.

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    • Getting out and about with the kids rocks! Nature is always inspiring and provides a spark for discovery along the trail and back in the classroom… Like all of nature, Kids are amazing! ❤ xo

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