11/19/13

discovering nature.

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mushrooms

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One of the best ways for us to discover nature is to turn to the wilderness, to call upon our instincts and take it outdoors, to walk and hike and explore the world around us. It is so easy to want and wish to travel, to visit the mountains or the vast oceans. But sometimes, all you need to do is open your eyes and look around. You'll be surprised what you find within reach and what is nestled in your own little town or neighborhood.

I know our area very well yet there are so many spots secretly tucked away that we have yet to visit. A few weeks ago we took the kids on a short hike to a park just ten miles down the road. Who would have thought we would discover a world of trails, an animal hospital hidden in the woods, clear waters speckled with lily pads, wild mushrooms (non-edible), fallen leaves and more. The easiest entertainment for our children is right here in front of us. We all have access to this amazing resource. Nature is one powerful tool that I love experiencing again and again.

What inspires you about nature? What touches your heart and makes a mark on your mind?

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(Nothing but) Flowers by Talking Heads on Grooveshark
*I hate to state the obvious, but since I posted a few pictures of mushrooms I feel I should. Never touch, pick or eat a wild mushroom without knowing what they are. While there are some tasty treats out there that we like to hunt (morels, chanterelle) there are also many poisonous varieties. Make sure to talk to your kids and educate them on the safety of nature.

2 comments:

  1. These photos are gorgeous! Being out in nature is when I feel like Logan and I are most bonded because it's something we both love so much. We love to hike, watch birds, catch frogs, look at plants and flowers. It's the best! So glad you guys had such a beautiful hike! Looks like they absolutely loved it!

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    1. thanks sweetie! i can definitely see the bonding experience. i think it will be like that with me and the boys. they LOVE the great outdoors. hiking, camping, you name it. and so do i.

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