::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two…) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

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{With spring-like temperatures upon us, the small seasonal stream in our backyard in now flowing. This has been a cause for much exploration. The kids don their rain gear and literally spend hours digging, splashing, observing, and pretending in the stream. The littlest likes to spend time throwing snow and sticks into the water and watching what happens. The middle one conducts her “research,” using a stick as her preferred tool to dig through the leaves, rocks, and silt at the bottom of the flowing water. An the oldest, enjoys working to build up the banks, hauling fallen sticks and branches to line the edges and digging with his garden shovel. Do they get muddy? Yep. Is it worth it? Yes. Every speck of dirt. Why? They’re having fun, using their imaginations, getting exercise, practicing observation and exploration skills, and learning about the world around them. And, really, what is one extra load of laundry?!}

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(a belated)::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two…) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

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{We had some bitter cold temperatures last week, with lows reaching well below zero, which led to reduced time outside. But, we still managed to enjoy the view from our little hill. And, we even brightened it up a bit, with a giant Waldorf star to add a little color to the neutrals that blanket the landscape this time of year. Hoping for more outdoor adventuring this week as temperatures are on the rise again.}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two…) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

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{This has been an odd winter for us here in northern New England. It has been quite warm and the snowfall has been minimal. But, when we have gotten snow we have been sure to make the most of it. Because this particular snowfall only brought a few inches (which was still enough for sledding, and we were sure to get plenty of that in, too) the kids were really interested in building miniature snow sculptures, rather than the larger snowmen and forts we are normally accustomed to building. So here you see two photographs of our miniature snow art: the first showing two mini-snow people and below that a fairy house in the kids’ garden bed. With so little snow, we were also able to incorporate dried flowers, grass, and leaves, and sticks into our sculptures.}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two…) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

{We finally have some snow that has stuck around long enough to enjoy, so we took the kids for our first snowshoe hike of the season. We checked out a new trail in a nearby town forest. This trail followed a meandering stream, which was fun for the kids as they threw sticks in the water to watch them float away. It was a neat trail that I’d like to explore again. I’m betting once we get some powdery snow, this will be a good trail for discovering animal tracks!}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

{We went for a hike at our local state park last weekend. It had been a while since we had been for a hike as a family, so this was a much needed outing. Given that, we were feeling extra adventurous and decided to take a new-to-us trail. And boy did it treat us well. We found an open orchard in the middle of the woods. The winter berries were at their peak – the bright red against the gray and brown backdrop was simply stunning. My daughter found a spotted salamander crawling out from under some leaves in a wetland portion of the trail. We saw bear scat. And, all three kids were so inspired by the sightings that they each took a turn with the camera to capture their own images, and I was happy to share (besides, I still had my phone for picture-taking). It was wonderful seeing them so engaged with the new sights. The hike was just the rejuvenation we needed as we head closer to this busy holiday time of year.}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

{The fog has been thick each morning this week. The weather has been unseasonably mild, but the nights have still been cool. The ground and river water are still warm, making the conditions perfect for the fog to form. Because we have a small homestead, I am outside every morning doing animal chores. It is nice start to the day – breathing the fresh air, getting the blood flowing as I truck hay and grain and water up and down the hillside we live on. My daughters have been joining me with chores recently. I think they’ve realized it’s a great start to their day as well.}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo (or two) from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

{Most mornings, after we drop off my son at school, my two younger daughters and I head home to take care of animal chores (open and feed the chickens and goats, and take the dog out). Recently, they have been accompanying me with this task. Sometimes they will help with the animals, other times they just play. It has become a nice routine, where the girls get some outdoor play time first thing. It provides fresh air, allowing them to get some physical activity and maybe burn off some pent up energy from the morning rush. On this particular morning, it was the coldest it has been so far, coming in at a brisk 20*F. I wasn’t sure if the girls would want to be outside with me, but sure enough they did. They bundled up, loving the fact that that they were each wearing two coats. And I was loving their beautiful little rosy cheeks!}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

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{I absolutely love how the morning light hits our yard. These photos were taken in the early morning sunlight as I was out doing farm chores (opening, feeding, and watering the goats and chickens). I enjoy this time each day as it is my only time outdoors alone. It is quiet and peaceful, which proves to be a great way to start my day. On this particular morning, the fog was thick over the river and its tributaries, which you can see in the distance of the first picture. We aren’t quite at peak for foliage, yet. Which seems a little late, but considering we haven’t had a frost yet, I’m not surprised. It has been a relatively warm start to autumn. Although, you can find pockets of bright and vibrant foliage in the region. It might be time for a drive through the mountains to explore the colors. How is the foliage in your region?}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

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{This week the kids and I have been on the hunt for acorns and acorn caps. We have just a few oak trees on our property and yet, acorns and caps are certainly in abundance. We all have some craft projects of our own planned, and I am looking forward to working on those this weekend. I’m not entirely sure what the kids have up their sleeves – there was mention of making an owl…Whatever they land on, I always enjoy seeing their creativity flourish with these nature inspired projects. I would like to make some fall garlands for the house (similar to the pictures in soulemama’s autumn walks post) and continue adding to my collection of colorful, felted acorns (which, shameless self promotion here, I also sell on etsy). I love that acorns provide such a simple way to bring a bit of the nature of the season in.}

::Nature Photo Friday::

Each Friday I will post a nature photo from our adventures of the week. The photo will represent a moment that I want to remember, to take in the feelings of that outdoor experience. If you are inspired to do the same, share a link to your nature photo in the comments. There is so much beauty in the natural world to share, I hope you will join me!

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{This week I am posting a few pictures from our trip to the ocean. We took a day off of school this week because, well, there was surf, and being that it is such a rare occurrence in northern New England, my surfin’ man just couldn’t resist it. So we packed up the kids and the car and made the trip to the beach. It was a great day – sunny, cool breeze, empty beach. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. While Daddy was out on the waves, the kids and I passed the time playing and exploring on the beach. And, really, it offered so many learning opportunities that it was worth missing a day of school. We examined the various types of seaweed washed up on shore. We found rocks and shells. We explored the areas that are covered by water at high tide, discovering barnacles and snails. We flew kites in the wind and talked about why we were quickly losing our beach space due to the incoming tide. It was a good day.}