This is a firewheel flower my son found that had an unusual extra flower growing out of the side of it.
This set of pictures is actually not a nature day, but a field trip to Chinatown in LA.
|Just a tiny bit of the miles and miles of graffiti we passed on the train ride to LA|
|Should've saved those pennies!|
|An interesting encounter|
|$3.50 for one of those cute sun umbrellas!|
|Famous painting by first Chinese American to work for Disney. The story I read said that many in the community helped pay his tuition to send him to school.|
|How babies in strollers keep themselves busy while waiting for the train ;-) Oh yes, they are persons!|
This next set of pictures is from a local trail in South Orange County
|An old oak tree with its roots exposed growing out of a sandstone cave|
|Inside of the sandstone cave, the sand inside is so soft|
|All kinds of moss, lichen, and liverwort grow on the shady rocks here|
The next set of pictures are from a local estuary where wintering birds frequent
|Gorgeous winter clouds|
|Our resident artist's sketch of ducks on a log (Isabella)|
And the following are pictures from the botanical gardens where evidently, spring has arrived!
|sneaking up on a tiger swallowtail|
|Something for everyone :)|
Even though it's a big deal to pack up the kids and get lunches packed and everyone dressed and water and diapers and blankies and all the million things I need to simply get outside with the kids for a few hours, and even though it often happens that SOMEthing is bound to go wrong the moment we manage to get out the door - a soiled diaper, a spill, etc., and even though I get grumpy about it all sometimes, it really has been worth it to pursue nature study as a family together. These days outside refresh us all and there are always surprises and things to find joy and interest in. And the children's books are filled with drawings that will be a joy to them as they flip through and remember the days they spent outdoors in nature. To run free, to smell fresh things, to gaze upon beauty, to touch the soft fur of a leaf, to feel the outdoors - these are good things.