Friday, April 25, 2008

Nature in the Neighborhood

We went for a nature walk to the neighborhood pond that we went to last Fall. It was no walk in the forest, but when you are pressed for time and just want to see some signs of Spring, it'll do. The girls brought along pads and colored pencils to do some drawings. We couldn't actually sit at the pond due to the "pushy" geese (shown above). So we headed further down the path to what Taylor so affectionately refers to as the babbling sewer. It's not a sewer. Trust me. It might be some sort of "runoff" area, but it's not a sewer. Anyhoo, she and the rest of the girls found a shady spot under one of their favorite types of trees, the Weeping Willow.

We saw many signs of spring, even goslings. Those Mama and Papa geese are very protective. They even went so far as to stand near a sign to give us a message! It says DANGER. Needless to say, we didn't get too close. That's why I don't have any close up pictures of the babies.
Some signs of Spring.... goslings,
this plant, we're thinking it's poison ivy,.........and this (still unidentified tree) shedding it's Buttercups......oh, and I believe this is a sign of Spring, too. Children outside playing again!
This was probably the highlight of the day for these two!


Grandma Jo said...

Great pics, Tina, and it looks like you all had a great time! Good for you! I'm glad spring is here, too, although it seems a very unsettled time of year. Today we had rain/storm, sun, clouds, again rain/thunder, sun and warmth. It was a warm day though and tomorrow will be also, but then back down to the 40s and 50s -see what I mean about "unsettled?" I do like the signs of spring, though, and the change from snow and ice or even the possibility of it is great! Love you all!

stephanie said...

Linking from 4Real - nice blog!
I think that tree is a river birch. The bark is like that all the time - it is very cool.

Tina said...

Thanks Stephanie! I guess I just never noticed the peeling bark before. You learn something new every day;).

JoAnna said...

Yep, that's river birch and that's also poison ivy. "Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of five, let it thrive." (Virginia creeper looks just like poison ivy except it has 5 leaves.)

Glad I peeked at your blog-- nice job!


Tina said...

Thanks, JoAnna, I never have been good at distinguishing poison ivy. I'll have to remember the poem. Thanks for stopping by!