Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten the note of each bird, and when we hear it again, it is remembered like a dream, reminding us of a previous state of existence…..the voice of nature is always encouraging. Henry David Thoureau
Green spaces may enable children to think more clearly and cope more effectively with life stress…… Nancy Wells
Nature Observations for the last weekend in April, 2013
*David caught frogs, and they cried
*The whole family went on a walk through our woods-saw 2 snakes and a beaver! flowers. Seth lost his boots in the stream. Skunk cabbage, frog eggs
*Seth climbed a tree for the first time
*David and E went fishing
*Snickers chased a bumble bee
*Parker caught and ate a big tadpole
*Rich and I hiked 2.3 miles on our date night, saw a snake, vernal pool, a lookout point, mountail laurel (not in bloom yet)
*Sarah watered the garden
*the peas are up
*David collected worms
*the peach tree is in bloom
*We had a picnic-saw hawks flying overhead
*Grace, Sarah, and I watched a colony of ants for a long time
*E and David only go barefoot
*Ethan saw the channel catfish in the pond and got excited
We have some pine trees around the pond and Seth (age four) climbed up in one for the first time. I was proud, and wasn’t worried. Ethan, David, and I sat on the grass beneath and kept an eye on him. David, however, was very concerned. When Seth decided to descend, David got up. “I can’t take this anymore. MOM! He’s gonna fall!” He ran off, not able to watch. Ethan got in the tree to help his little brother. All was well.
Ethan and Parker the dog. HIS dog.
Snickers our one and only cat (but we are getting 2 kittens soon, from the contractor who is working on our kitchen!)
I filled up this watering can over and over so that Sarah could water the flowers. She liked it very much and even talked to the flowers while she gave them a drink.
I asked Rich about taking the children on a walk through the woods and he was willing, so the nine of us got ready and went up into the woods by our house. Little tender leaves are starting to grow on the trees and bushes.
We went to the beaver pond. We were all thrilled that we got to see a beaver swimming in the water. (I couldn’t get a picture of it though)
The beaver pond is shallow and the frogs are numerous. The boys had a good time wading in and catching them, especially David. He and Ethan went barefoot on our walk, which made it easy to come and go from the water.
Caleb, our snake lover, had a thrill. While he was sitting, hot, upon this fallen down tree, Rich spotted a snake in the water right next to him.
David rushed right over to try and catch it but he wasn’t quite brave enough. It got away.
I found a patch of marsh marigold growing by the stream.
David found an old set of mushrooms, they puff smoke when you squeeze them.
A wildflower that I recognize from my childhood. We had these growing in the woods by our house.
Exploring the stream. The big boys collected interesting rocks from it.
The kids like to pull these hard mushrooms/fungi from the trees to carve pictures on them.
These pretty white flowers were everywhere.
David and Ethan continued up to the swamp and found lots of frog eggs.
This moss was dry and felt like wool.
By the end of the weekend, Dave had a sunburn and he had caught a cooler full of fish (with Ethan) out of our pond.
Sarah’s little hiking sandals.
Rich, repairing the fishing poles.
Little Sarah saw so many interesting things this weekend. We were all good and tired from all the fresh air.
And now, for a special treat for your viewing pleasure. Did you know that sometimes a frog will cry pitifully as a defense mechanism if you catch them? They open their mouths right up and make the saddest noise. We got it on video. (Don’t worry, no one got hurt, and the frogs are always treated kindly and put back in the ponds after the boys are done with them)
The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. John Muir, age 74
Nature is the chart of God, marking out all His attributes. anonymous