Nature Walks – March 2015

“So come, get ready.  Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In the Forest

March 2015 was just about as cold as February, and we didn’t get outside as much as I would have like to.  We did get out onto a hiking trail earlier this month and the end of the month is going out in temperatures above freezing at least.  Some shoots are coming up in the front yard where the daffodils and tulips are planted, so signs of new, green life have started to peep out finally.

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At the very beginning of the month, the temperature was nice enough for us to venture out, though the wind was blowing hard.  I noted to Elizabeth that on the ground, I didn’t feel much more than a breeze, but the tops of the trees blew strongly and noisily as though the wind had much more velocity up there.

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One day, all four of us went to a local trail along a lovely stream.  I happened to notice this nest and pointed it out to Elizabeth.  She was interested in the fact that it had plastic intertwined in the building materials.

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Just before the month has ended, we are finally able to walk on our trail again – we haven’t actually been down it in months!  A stream runs through our property, though it is not clean since we have a large dairy farm and busy road up above us.  I prohibit the kids from playing in it, yet we still like to watch it nevertheless.  The brightness of the sunlight and the way the shadows fall in my picture mean only one thing to me: spring!

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Since the weather has warmed and cooled and warmed and cooled, neat ice patterns have formed all over the ice.  Here’s a neat one I snapped a picture of before grabbing Paul as he wanted so badly to get wet.  I thought it important to notice that by the end of our jaunt outside, he was obeying and staying out of the water without my having to pull him back – he’s growing up!

Share your thoughts: What are some interesting things you have seen in nature with your kids this month?

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