Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our Tree Trip in Utah

"This fine Maple, with its hard wood, its beautiful autumnal colors- red and yellow and orange- and its sweet sap, is the close western relative of the famed Sugar Maple of the eastern states. If it were as abundant as the true Sugar Maple and grew as accessibly, it would doubtless be an important hardwood lumber tree. But its habitat is in canyons and along the banks of mountain streams where it is unlikely that the saws will ever seek it while the eastern tree holds out." Donald Peattie

A Natural History of Western Trees is well-written, and holds the interest of a 5 year old boy, and seven year old boy, and a mom in our house, unlike a textbook of botany. It was a good companion on our recent trip to Utah to see the fall color on the trees.

Our nature journal have been all over the country with us:

This tree book will be packed with our nature notebooks for many trips to come!


  1. wow jen... how glorious! thanks for sharing your beautiful adventure.

  2. I can't wait to get that book! The drawings are fantastic, what a fun way to learn together as a family.

  3. Jen, I love what you have shared! Nature journaling has become something I am truly enjoying; and it is always such a treat to peek into someone elses... your family's journals are very special.

  4. What a beautiful blog and post! Thanks so much for submitting it to the CM blog carnival--your photography is gorgeous and your nature journals are wonderful!


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  5. I am loving this blog (future CM homeschooler in CA).