Berries:The Pacific Dogwood has these berry-like fruits. We did some research and officially they are called “drupes” which are not really berries but still very pretty and interesting.
Simplicity: Our trip last week to Yosemite with our three boys was such a joy. Autumn is a very quiet time in Yosemite and this early morning walk along the Merced River was so very pretty.
Bridge: We had an absolutely spectacular walk today on the UC Davis Arboretum. What a fascinating place! This bridge, covered in grape vines, was over the little creek that was lined with the most amazing cattails I have seen.
Silhouette: That is the sun behind a very smoky sky. We have had a week of wildfire in our area and the mornings are dense with smoke…smells like a campfire burning even with the doors and windows shut. King Fire.
Furry: My cat on the roof….we were sitting outside after dark and with the moon so bright behind her we could see her little cat silhouette.
I have had some trouble this month getting photos for my remaining topics left on my list.
Here’s what I have left….decided to make a list to carry in the notes section of my phone for easy reference.
Crystals, berries, fish, cold, refreshing, simplicity, energy, , bridge, bubbly, sparkle, feather, reflection, self-portrait, Just do it!
Here are my August photos for the Nature Photo of the Week project. We enjoyed a trip to Utah and Nevada this month so take a glimpse into a little bit of our adventures via the Nature Photo of the Week.
Top: My son and his friend hiked to the top of Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park-August 2014. 13,605 feet high!
July has flown by and looking back on it I am grateful that I have determined to keep up with the Nature Photo of the Week. Picking a weekly image to post has made me more aware of the beauty I find as I go about my business…and outdoor time!
What a fantastic month this has been! We have spent so much time outdoors working in the garden, taking hikes, and enjoying our evenings on the deck. I hope you enjoy seeing my picks for Nature Photo of the Week for the month of June.
The month of April has FLOWN by for our family! My kids are currently all spread out around the world, including South America! I have been home keeping the household running and trying to catch up on nature study stuff for all of you after the big switch to the new way of doing things here at the Handbook of Nature Study.
March is just about over (hard to believe) and we have been outdoors more and more both hiking and in the garden. I try to spend a few minutes each day actually enjoying the plants, birds, and insects that inhabit my yard.
February has been a strange month…weird weather, very few birds to count for the Great Backyard Bird Count, and hardly any special nature study events in our home. Just a February that I am glad is melting into March. We are hoping to take a few hikes to stir up some nature interest…hoping you all are enjoying the Nature Photo of the Week Pinterest Board.
Here are my February entries.Look for more images in the up-coming newsletter.
Hidden- Acorns in a fallen tree alongside our walking trail. The Acorn Woodpeckers were busy storing acorns!
Stone: Rock cairns at the river…we had a big hike to the river and found these on the rocks at the beach.
Found: We had a bunch of ladybugs in our front yard one afternoon. I love the contrast of the red ladybug and the gray-green of the lavender.
Details- This is a Bordered Plant Bug climbing on my grape hyacinth. His details make him easy to identify.
The month of January has been unusually warm and dry, record-breaking in fact. Since I can’t do anything about the weather, I decided early on to just relax and enjoy each and every warm day that comes our way. This meant more than the usual amount of hiking and trail walking with my family and our beloved Kona dog.
Looking back at my nature study goals for 2014, I realized I have not accomplished much so far except for faithfully sharing my Nature Photo of the Week on Pinterest. I am enjoying the process of remembering to capture at least one image each week. The Pinterest board is filling up with the participant’s images, each one a treasure that makes me see glimpses of nature from other parts of the world.
Here are my images if you are not following the Nature Photo of the Week Pinterest Board.
Creek or Stream – January 2014
Wood- Taylor Creek beaver activity January 2014
Sign – One of my favorite signs at Tallac (Lake Tahoe)
Clouds – January 2014 warm and sunshine just about every day, no rain