We headed to the Fullerton Arboretum this past week for Nature Study.
There were orchards with ripening fruit
an Ombu tree
a shady creek
with freshwater clams!
and rocks for baby boys to go 'kerplunk'
and cool water for darling big sisters to dip their baby brothers' feet in
and bamboo shoots to delight little flowery girls
here is Jen working on her nature journal
here are some oleander aphids on milkweed
look closer underneath the leaves that have holes in them
check under the other ones also, look a Monarch egg!
This was a first-time sighting for me, a tarantula hawk! I'm not sure what the flower is. It was so big it looked like a black fairy of sorts flying about. These sting and paralyze tarantulas, drag them back to their dens (hole in the ground), lay an egg on them, and their larvae feeds on the tarantula. You can see a video here.
Cactus with thorns
Beautiful cactus bloom
It's been almost five years now that we have been meeting this way and every week is still as exciting as ever because we just never know what God's creation has in store for us!