Now that we have a good year under our belt and I know what to expect, I'm a little more relaxed. Hopefully this year I can share with you about our days a little more. It won't be weekly but certainly more than next to never. (snicker-giggle)
We begin the school year after the September long weekend and each week we have been walking down by the river. It's a great way to explore nature. Sometimes we bring our books and work on other subjects there as well.
Last week we planned on collecting fall leaves for a project but we have had amazingly warm weather for September. So warm, in fact, that none of the leaves had started to change color or fall by the third week of September - a time when many trees should be half bare and certainly fall colors should be everywhere.
The variety of flowers was wonderful. All the pretty ladies in their bright colors dancing in the wind. And I Do mean wind!! Holy smokes!!! I'm amazed any of the pictures turned out at all because I could barely keep still. Perhaps not the perfect day for a nature walk but we had a great time anyway.
Later we ventured off the path onto one of the trails, down to the riverbank. Part of it stretches out in a rocky bed for a long way, and there is all kinds of things to see. It is interesting to notice the changes from week to week as trickles of river water filling little ponds changed to bubbling streams too wide for us to cross without some rock placement.
We also saw a snake, a frog, water creatures, and many animal tracks.
This week we will be going back again for leaf collection. Two days after these pictures, the overnight temperature dropped to chilly and the leaves immediately started to fall and change color. Overnight the local trees became gold and red and orange. Amazing how fast it happens with just a little bit of a chill.
Here are a few more pictures of some of the monster trees along the river path.