30 March 2010
Nature Study: Spring!
We headed to the park today, and they had flowers! I just love crocuses! They're so cheerful and early. Everything else is still winter-brown, very much like it was when the snow first melted. Here and there you see a few green shoots at the bottom of a bunch of brown growth from last year, but mostly it's brown. Except for the crocuses. They are so beautiful in the midst of all the brown!
The park has some streams. Odd little decorative things, really, and not so much natural waterways, but they're enough to get a bit of wildlife. Monkey wanted to check for frogs, which we saw last fall, but not today. It may be too early for them still. We did see some Mallards. When Monkey turned around and hollered that I should come see the ducks took off. I didn't realize that we were looking for them still until a while later in a different section of the park when we found them, and Monkey was so excited. In the inbetween time, we had a look at some cattails that were exploding their soft seeds out, and at the seed pod on a Queen Anne's Lace blossom. Oh yes, and there was stick waving. Sticks are always a wonderful discovery. The lovely thing about this nature walk was that Monkey was showing me things, which is a new development, and one that pleases me.