Once upon a time, we did nature studies. We went outside and just observed things. The older two would keep a few pages of drawings for their notebooks. Unfortunately, we don’t do that as much now but I have started a small notebook of my own. What I find is we’ll be out somewhere and see something we like, and I’ll take a picture with my phone. Not as great but we can look back on the pictures and think wow just as we did when we first saw it.
Our main source of nature study is of course our cat. His name is Bob and is three years old. We adopted him from the Animal Rescue Foundation at 8 months old.
This picture was taken at Oconee River Greenway. It is hard to see but when we looked across the river at the other shoreline, all we could see where turtles sunbathing on the sand. I beat this went on for at least half a mile.
This poor guy lead us on quite the internet search. It lead to an interesting discussion on what bright colors mean. We learned that if you do not know what kind of caterpillar it is, then don’t pick it up if it is prickly. Some are poisonous or will at least cause a rash that is painful. We also talked about how this applies to other things we see in nature. It is always better to look than touch.
We always find interesting spider webs in our yard. One year they were stretching from one tree to another for a huge section of our yard. Different spiders, different webs but they are fascinating and often beautiful.