I am a gardener with a great curiosity about my environment.
To sharpen my observation skills, I draw. When I am trying to identify a plant, I usually start with the leaves.
Having a glossary of botanical terms is useful, paired with photos and
illustrations, even better.
So, when I’ve correctly identified a plant, I take photos and take notes. During the long winter months, I study my notes and use the photos to practice botanical drawings.