Getting an education in nature is quite easy out here where we live. In just one day, we had visits from a snake (it’s really much longer than it appears in this picture)
I had to sneak out the front door quickly to get that shot as he was hanging out in the bed just outside our front window. The kids were squealing with a mix of excitement and fear.
Later that day, as Belle and Little Bear were playing outside, we spotted this mommy and baby deer resting in the shade of one of our trees. Notice how their mouths are open, munching on tasty leaves.
Honestly, it was quite a miracle that I even get Belle to go back outside after that snake sighting! I instructed them to not cross over to the side of yard where the deer were, so that they would not feel threatened. They seem to have grown accustomed to our sounds as they make frequent visits to our yard, but better safe than sorry!
Finally, that evening we had a visit from a lovely butterfly. It sat on J’s shoe for quite some time, somehow not scared away by the sounds and crazy movements of the children. Amazingly, this picture was taken at true distance-no use of the zoom! I couldn’t believe I was able to get so close.
And that concludes our lesson for today!