Even though I don’t do it enough, nothing makes me happier, or brings me more peace, than a quiet walk in the woods.
Not a fast, cardio walk. I mean a slow stroll with my camera.
As I walk, I “collect” a few things…(I don’t bring them home with me…just observe and photograph.)
I always look for and photograph feathers, mushrooms, seeds, birds, bird nests, animal foot prints and anything else that catches my attention.
Then I come home and see if I can identify it. Please help us identify these things we found!!!
I live on a wooded lot, so there’s a lot to find right here at home!
I’ve “collected” birds nests, oak trees, a hardwood cherry tree, tons of box elders -(trees and bugs), buckthorn galore and several mushrooms:
LAKE ELMO PARK RESERVE
Recently, my daughter Deirdre and I went for a walk in our county park.
We “collected” more bird nests, three bluejays, a red-bellied woodpecker and came across several trees with huge outgrowths. After a little research, we learned about burls and galls... I had no idea these are highly prized by woodworkers!!!
We also came across a few animal prints….
But WHAT DO YOU THINK this is?
It was a little larger than my fist–
DEIRDRE’S SENSE OF HUMOR
Very funny, Deirdre….She couldn’t resist sharing with her sisters!
(Trust me…I’ll get even!)
AWAY FROM “THE GRID” (Right, Arvilla?)
Though the Minnesota weather is getting colder, I am going to make an effort to go for more strolls and be more observant of the natural world around me!
What about YOU?
Can YOU help identify the large animal print?
What about the mushrooms?
Do YOU enjoy a nature stroll?
Do YOU “collect” anything when you go for a hike?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Your budding naturalist,
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