Observation

The best thing about taking a nature walk (besides the obvious: you’re outdoors and taking a walk) is the ample opportunity for observation. Observing is a skill. Like any skill, observing takes practice to learn. We have to take the time to slow down and really look; make ourselves familiar with whatever it is that we’re observing. A nature walk  provides a plethora of opportunities to observe: leaves, flowers, feathers hidden off in the grass, rocks, trees, insects, animals, weather…. The more we observe the more we may notice: patterns, behaviors, where to look for a certain plant or for turkey feathers. As a keen observer we notice changes, ask questions and answer them.

Every season offers plenty of wonderful things to observe but fall is my favorite season. The cooler weather is inviting and reminds us of the harsher conditions soon to come.

Get out and enjoy it while you can!

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Ezra observes a spider during a walk back in September.

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(thanks for the photo Noah)

You wouldn’t believe how excited I am to finally get my hands on some red worms!
I plan to put them to work composting manure, paper products and any food scraps our livestock doesn’t eat . Then, when their population builds, we’ll have some great protein to feed the chickens.

I need to build a larger bin for them but for now we have them in a fish bowl which makes for a handy worm farm to study.

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