Lauren and I went on a nature walk last week, just the two of us. We brought along the January Newsletter from Handbook of Nature Study blog. Each newsletter contains printable checklists, things to look for, and a special nature challenge each week.
Lauren is checking her list of things to look for on this hike!
We found an evergreen right away, and observed cones, needles and branches.
We also had a list of colors to look for....green, brown, yellow, purple....
We found the color green easily enough, in the pine (above), the wild onion (below) and in bunches of moss (below). There's always, always green to be found somewhere in the woods, even in the middle of winter.
We observed our long shadows, in the late afternoon sun.
Our exciting find of the day was...snow! There was a snow shower the night before, but any accumulation around our house had melted away by morning....but when we got into the woods we found a few shady places where a little, just a little bit of snow lay. It was exciting because we have had NO accumulation of snow yet this winter. Up in the mountains there has been some snow, but not where we live.
We even found a tiny bit of ice leftover from the night before.
We" (or maybe I should say "I") have groaned and whined about our lack of snow all winter long, but just this morning there was a forecast of 3 - 6" of snow on Tuesday! That's tomorrow!
Join me in hoping/praying/begging for some snow tomorrow.