We focused on winter colors for our first outing. We had a little warm snap that melted most of the snow, so it was not the white blanket effect I envisioned. Our cattail study which will follow this entry, was completed in a foot of snow. It was a much different experience.
For our color study we headed down to the banks of the beautiful Hudson River. We actually drove to a small island that is usually teeming with bird action- from bald eagle nests to droves of Canada geese. I have been planning our outings to be quick outside exposure, due to the fact we are dealing with three and under here and the weather is mostly in the teens each morning. I am pleased to say they have all proved to be pretty hardy so far.
The first colors we noticed were the beautiful blue crisp sky and sparkling water, the puffy white clouds and golden brush.
We noticed the red berries and pink and purple brambles in the woods.
As we walked I was thinking how much this seemed like a late autumn color study, but then we noticed some things that changed my mind.
and white ice.
But then it even seemed spring-like due to the snow melt, as patches of chartreuse poked their head through the white.
We noticed these bits of green as well...
We observed our old friends the black, white, and grey, Canada geese on the water....
but then a new bird discovery....the colorful Common Merganser.
Overall a great study for us. Really no modification needed for preschool age children.