Thursday, November 6, 2008

Unofficial Outdoor Hour

We spent a little time at the park today. Cullen ran off a bit of pent up energy playing with a friend we ran into there and having a great time in the sunshine. It was a warm and absolutely gorgeous day!

Walking along the trail with me, he discovered this snazzy little red leaf.

We looked up and around to discover we were surrounded by sweetgum trees, in all shades of yellow, red and even purple.

I couldn't believe that I hadn't noticed the hundreds of prickly sweetgum balls all over the ground. Cullen had never seen these before and is still not sure if he likes them. I almost told him how we used to throw them at each other when I was a kid, having all-out wars with them. Knowing he would have immediately tried throwing some at me if I had shared that, I'm very glad I caught myself in time!

The star-shaped leaves were everywhere! I actually had quite a few handfulls of those thrown on my head before all was said and done!

Not an official Outdoor Hour Challenge or a "real" nature study, just a time to delight in the beauty of creation.


Rhonda said...

That looks like a beautiful outdoor time. Yes, I think it was a good thing you didn't tell him the sweetgum ball secret!! :)
I hope you have a wonderful week-end.

jamie {rose cottage} said...

You know, this would be a lovely little post to submit for the CM blog carnival. :-)

(The form is here)

Cindy said...

Thanks for submitting this to the carnival! I love child-led nature study. It's the kind that most grabs the attention of my children.

Julie said...

Lovely post! I loved the colours. I hadn't heard of sweetgum balls before - they look a lot like our sweet-chestnut seed pods (I am in the UK!).

{ jamie } said...

Yay! I'm glad you submitted this to the carnival!