November 2018 - Nature
Tamara Drazic - Editor, 'Nature' edition
Nature is more than flora and fauna; it’s all-encompassing. As human beings, it is in our nature to be curious about the world around us, and as we know, curiosity is what makes a great writer. Our nature drives us to not only see the world, but to understand what it means to be a part of it.
Whether it’s the aftermath of a forest fire, the wet sand under our feet, or the rigid hierarchy of the pet chickens, it’s a writer’s duty to share what they find.
I was in the car, tired and bored. I had been in the car for more than 5 hours. It was a boring trip because there was nothing interesting. Dad finally called out, “We’re there!”
I ran out of the car and jumped into the water. I loved to swim and was improving every week. Whenever I got tired, I refreshed myself in the water.
The calming sea was relaxing me, and the sand was soft under my feet. I lay down on the sand and felt the waves washing my tension away from me. I got up when I felt something hard on my foot.
A shell! I picked it up and put it in my plastic bag. I stood up and looked around for more. It was a loud noise once I lifted my ears out of the water.
I felt something a bit pointy on my leg. It was another shell! I put it in my plastic bag and squatted so the waves hit me – it felt so relaxing.
I decided to go and play with the sand on the shore. Within a few moments, I had a made a successful sandcastle and some sand balls. It was fun when I put them in the water and made it into a bowl.
In the end, I needed to go home. It was a great experience but I knew I could come back soon.
I have 3 chickens and their names are Margarita, Petria, and Jeffia. All of the chickens are girls: Margarita is the leader of the three and the smartest. Petria is the chicken that eats the most out of all three, and Jeffia is the cheekiest among the three. Their names were chosen by my brother, his girlfriend and me. My brother chose Margarita, his girlfriend chose Petria, and I chose Jeffia.
The chickens stay in a two-storey chicken coop and get let out on the second floor out into the backyard. It has a water tank, chicken feed and lights on the side.The chickens stay in a two-storey chicken coop and get let out on the second floor out into the backyard. It has a water tank, chicken feed and lights on the side.
The first chicken is Margarita. She is the leader of the three chickens and is the smartest. Margarita isn’t that stubborn unlike one of the other chickens. She usually is the first to lay an egg and goes into the coop first. Margarita doesn’t need that much help in moving around. She just moves by herself.
The second chicken is Petria. She is Margarita’s sidekick. She is always beside her. Petria is the chicken that eats a lot. She would always be seen next to food or near Margarita. Petria is the second chicken that lays an egg and doesn’t need help getting into the coop. She would just follow Margarita around when they are in the coop.
The third and last chicken is Jeffia. She is the lone wolf of the the three chicken and the cheekiest. Petria is very naughty and doesn’t want to go back into the coop. She would otherwise lay an egg or have a day off from laying an egg. Jeffia is very cheeky; everytime we want to put her back into the coop, she runs and dodges me, so I carry her back into the coop. Last time she parkoured over the high backyard fence we made and ate my dad’s vegetable patch.
Q & A with Jayden!
When I went to Ruffey Lake Park, I was running away because we were playing tiggy when I came across a diamond python, but not a fully grown one. It slithered into the bushes then slithered out. I didn’t know and nearly stepped on it. It was sunbathing in the sun and suddenly it looked like a cobra because its neck flattened and you could see its neck bone. Then it slithered away again and I followed it. It slithered away again next to a bush. I followed it and threw a piece of bark at it. It slithered around a pool of rocks past a sewer hole and under my legs! It slithered into a hole. I dug the hole up but it was a dead-end and the snake disappeared.
Imagine you are your favourite animal…
- Where do you live?
- What can you see, smell, hear, taste, and feel?
- What kinds of problems do you have to face?
- What does nature mean to you?
Use the answers to these questions to write a story as if you are seeing the world through the animal’s eyes.
You could be an endangered silverback gorilla trying to save your family.
You could be a pampered poodle who has never seen the outside world!
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