Monday, September 26, 2011

Fullerton Arboretum

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!


  1. I love our group:) I am so bummed to have missed the tarantula hawk! We watched clips on youtube about those after you told me. That was a good day!

  2. Amazing pictures, that little egg is wonderful. The average person would have missed that. I'll have to add this to our list of places to visit for nature study. Thanks!

  3. I loved the Ombu tree. I had thought it was a banyan tree like they have on Maui. It was so cool. I have video of the kids sliding down the back side. That was such a fun day. It felt like we went to many places in one afternoon.

  4. i was searching for Ombu tree's identity...thank u for the information