Off we went, my daughter and her 4 children and I on a nature walk; a little amble in the woods, to a nature preserve nearby. This nature area includes lake, meadow, and woods. And since the morning was rather hot and humid we preferred to stay in the shade taking the paths through the woods. We even crossed a little bridge over a little creek, a very little creek.
The kids were pretty excited to go and the 2 older ones, Mr A who is 10, and Miss B who is counting the weeks until she turns 9 (only 6 more weeks!) brought their nature journals. Mr C who is counting the days until he turns 6 (only 8 more days!) didn’t have a nature journal, which is probably just as well. He didn’t stop long enough to even see much of nature, let alone do any journaling. Instead he took the opportunity to run and run and run and see how far ahead he could get before being told to stop and wait until everyone else arrived where he was at. Every so often we would call him to come look at something that we found interesting and he’d run back, glance at it for maybe 5 seconds, smile and nod, and take off running again. The baby, Mr D, who is 15 months old sat happily in the stroller and smiled, at least initially.
I reminded everyone that they could not remove anything from any plant or along the path. Absolutely no flowers could be picked, no leaves could be pulled off of trees, and besides that the woods had poison ivy! So beware! (Note to self….educate yourself more in depth on poison ivy identification so next time you can point out the exact plant) And stay on the path at all times!
Miss B was very into this nature walk. In fact, she kept her eyes wide open and pointed out more discoveries than all the rest of us put together. She was the one who found the first mushrooms along the path, the acorns and other nuts and seeds. And as soon as she would find something that she took a fancy to she would sit down, pull out her journal, and begin sketching.
|Perhaps a butternut? found by Miss B along the path. We saw quite a few as we walked along.|
Eventually, we convinced her to just write down what she was seeing and she could sketch it later, since I would be taking pictures with my phone. (Note to self…bring a camera next time!) Remember we had to keep Mr C in our sights (he was practically around the next curve!) so we couldn’t linger too long in one place.
Mr A didn’t seem all that interested until he found the first spider. Oh my! Wasn’t this one a beauty! Such long legs!
Miss B and I lingered behind and we found some interesting shaped leaves. I tried to locate the plant below in my field guide but came up with nothing that matched. Does anyone have any idea what it is?