We literally just walked in from our nature study and I am so pumped!! I am not at all a nature girl. At all. I have kind of been putting this off, partly because of our traveling, and partly because we live in downtown OKC and we really would have to drive somewhere to find some nature.
So today we drove up to my parents house. They live in the country in Kansas. It is a beautiful day and when we got here, no one was home. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get started on our nature study.
I realize we are going to be behind pretty much everyone, but I am ok with that.
So anyway, our walk today went great. We have been talking a lot about trees at home since they have been blooming outside and look beautiful, so right off I led her to the pine trees in my parents yard. Madison found a pinecone, then we walked a bit more and saw a butterfly. We couldn’t get really close, but I did get a picture of it – we will have to zoom way in though. I think it might have been a monarch, but once I get my pictures online, I will give it a closer look.
Then we saw holes in the ground and I asked Madison what she thought might have made them – I was thinking snake, but first she said crab, which actually makes since because when we lived in Florida, we saw the holes fiddler crabs make in the sand on the beach. Then she said “No wait, my dad told me about this – they are homes for Wolf Spiders.” Wow. I guess she has already been getting some nature study and I didn’t know it!
On the way back, we saw tons of dandelions and I was trying to explain that these yellow flowers are the same ones that turn white-ish and you can blow on them and make wishes. We found a root system (?) that had a yellow one attached, and one that was turning white, so that was nice to be able to show her.
Finally, we saw fruit trees that were flowering. I am sad to say I don’t know what kind of trees they are, but I guess I will ask my parents when they get home.
When we got inside, I asked Madison what her favorite part was, and she said the butterfly. I asked if there were two things she wanted to find out more about and she said “Wait, can I pick 3?” So she picked dandelions, wolf spiders, and trees. I am surprised she did not pick butterflies over spiders, but that is ok with me.
I’m surprised to say it, but I am looking forward to next week. I will be in Kansas till Tuesday, and then Madison is staying the rest of the week with her grandparents, so I think we will try to take another walk on Monday.
I am planning to add pictures to this, but I forgot my camera cord and I wanted to write this out pretty quick so I wouldn’t forget this feeling of excitement. Once my brother gets home and I coerce him to give me the password to his computer, I will add pictures some using his memory card reader. It pays to be in a family of dorks ☺