Thursday, October 04, 2007

Enjoying October's Bright Blue Weather

This morning after our Bible time, Fiction Read Aloud and Math, we took off to a local river spot for a Wild Day of nature exploration and journaling. I forgot to take my camera (as usual) but I found this picture of the river we went to and the other pictures in the post by searching google images.

Within minutes of arriving we had seen many things to draw. I found a small snake in the little inlet that flowed into the bigger river. When Luke tried to catch it another one swam under his foot, so he ended up getting that one. We also saw cardinal flowers along the bank...

along with these asiatic dayflowers, which Luke identified immediately.

Luke also caught a frog and announced that he had a leopard frog. He always amazes me with his knowledge of the natural world. I guess he learns all of these things by browsing through the field guides. The frog was returned to the river, but the snake was brought home as a pet and now resides in the aquarium in the screenroom.

We lugged out all of our backpacks with nature journals, paints, pencils, poetry books and a field guide and took over two picnic tables near a little river-side fast food place. The river was down considerably from our summer of drought but the boys had fun hiking across and even managed to squeeze in a few swings off of the swimg that goes into the river before I called them back to get started on their journals.
I read a poem, October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson, aloud and copied this last stanza into my journal:
"O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather."
While they were finishing up, I ordered cheeseburgers and chocolate shakes and read to everyone from our historical fiction book (that I had smuggled into my backpack ) while they ate.
My plan is to take many such days as these this fall before the weather turns too cold. I've been inspired recently by reading these two blogs: Handbook of Nature Study and The Heart of Harmony. These are the kinds of days I will remember and be glad that I took the time to enjoy.


Alana said...

I wish we could have been there. Mine would have really enjoyed it.

MomToCherubs said...

What is it with your family and SNAKES ?? Eeeeeekkkkk !! It seems that now I cannot sit on the screen porch OR near the aquarium when we visit. HA !

Love the photos !! Glad you had a productive Wild Day.


Barb said...

Thanks so much for the nice words about my blog. I loved reading about your day...wish we could have had a nature day today too.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Donna-Jean said...

MamaLion, what a wonderful, wonderful post! Days like that you truly will remember.

And the reminder about the Jackson poem - I was looking for something for tomorrow, to break up the Kipling poetry we've been doing. That "October's Bright Blue Weather" is just the thing!