I've started doing a 30-day Sit Spot Challenge. The challenge is to spend 20 minutes a day sitting outside in a favorite spot and just noticing what goes on in the natural world around you. Thanks to Jennifer from A Passion For Nature for the tip. Although the "official" start of the 30 day challenge was February 15, the sponsoring organization doesn't mind if people start on other days. You can find more information about the Sit Spot here.
I've had to sit after dark one day and near sunset on the other two days, and it's been a bit chilly. It's rained on 2 of the days I've sat outside, though not a downpour on either day.
Still, I'm finding this an interesting exercise. Even living in the woods, I too often find myself seeing the woods around me only on my way to or from someplace else or while doing something other than simply observing what's going on around me. The Sit Spot is helping me slow down and simply notice whatever is happening.
I'm planning to create a new blog where I will post my Sit Spot journal, but I likely won't get to that for a day or two.