Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Nature Study

We have been having a great time as a family digging into God's nature at various times of the year!  This month, we took special note of goldenrod, thistles, Queen Anne's Lace and more!  While we were driving to Nana & Papa's house (to do more canning), we stopped along the way to pick flowers!  What a beautiful bouquet!  We are following some Nature Study this month as suggested by Handbook of Nature Study.
We noticed all the tiny details of this goldenrod, how the flowers look like stars all lined up in a row.
We looked at the milkweed a little here, and then observed it more later when we could open up the seed pods.  For weeds, aren't these all glorious?  



Here's the Queen Anne's Lace, all opened up and then all closed up.
There was even an old apple tree right here.  The girls tried a bite of apple, but it was a bit sour.
Even a nasty thistle can look {slightly} pretty!  We didn't try to touch this one!  The girls are still quite fascinated with the cattail, pointing out all the places we stopped to look for them this spring and fall.  They think it would be fun to try to eat the edible root.  I haven't gotten that brave yet...

Last weekend, Daddy wanted to go check out his duck hunting spot.  So we all took a walk out to the lake, called Horseshoe Lake. On the way, we saw this dragonfly.  There were many of them.  And we even spotted this little frog.
Here's a shot of the lake.  You can see it's surrounded by brush and has all kinds of lily pads and growth on the top.  It's very shallow, and out in the middle you can see that bottom is showing.  Tim and his friend might set up a blind out there.
Here's our first glimpse of the lake.  Maverick walked quite a ways to start with, but then was ready for the backpack.  The girls did pretty good until we got to a spot with a lot of scratchy growth.
I'm not sure what kind of mushroom this is, but I've never see a red one before!
Our last find of the day was this little snapper!  The kids really got a kick out of seeing this little guy.



http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com

2 comments:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Wow! Look at the fall bouquet! I love that so many people are starting to notice of the fall blooming flowers that are out there if we just slow down and really look. Your family did a great job on this month's challenge ideas and your notebook pages are so well done.

Thank you so much for sharing your link with the OHC.

Zonnah said...

The turtle is adorable and I love the bouquet; so big and beautiful.

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