We have decided (last minute) to participate, as much as we can, in the Autumn Series of the Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour. We’re starting a little late but, better late than never, right? Treyton and I headed out doors to explore all the signs of Autumn.
Here is some of what we found.
Because the leaves were covering the ground, we noticed when we pulled the leaves back that there was no ground underneath them. We talked about why this was – probably because the ground doesn’t get enough sun light.
Treyton also found some leaves still attached to the stems, but not the tree, that had died – he thought they looked like deer antlers. This leaf was particularly fun, because whatever bug made it it’s lunch, decided it didn’t like the leaf veins, so we could see the veins perfectly. We talked about how the water reached the entire leaf through these veins.
Treyton met these burrs the hard way :) after pulling 50 or so off of his pants and clothing, I explained how they were seeds, trying to attach themselves to him so that they could plant themselves somewhere else.
The Unknown (Funguses?)
We found three, suspicious funguses, or what I think are some type of fungus on three different fall tree trunks in the woods. These were probably Treyton’s greatest interest throughout our walk. He was all about touching them, I however, was not :) (if anyone knows for sure what they are, we would love to hear about it, I plan on looking them up when we get the chance)
Treyton describes this one as: when I touch it it kind of like came out like smoke, but little stuff. Treyton describes this one as: really hard. We were both surprised when we touched this one how hard it was, I expected it to be moist and movable, but its not. This one was the most interesting (in my opinion), it was soft a squishy with some type of outer shell protection (I almost thought it was dried paint, or glue, but it’s not)
Treyton describes it as: feels soft, mushy.
We were still able to identify some mosquitoes around us, though none of them seemed to be biting (which was nice). And then there was this ladybug (or asian beetle, I can never keep them straight) that we discovered after we pulled back the leaves to look at the ground underneath. We also found a slug and several worms after rolling back an old log.
We had a great time on our nature walk, almost too much fun. We saw so much that I know we will never be able to learn about it all before we forget what we saw. I know the important part was getting out there and observing God’s creation – enjoying this wonderful season, which we did. Everything beyond that is extra.
Here are our nature journal pages that we completed for our Signs of Autumn Study: