I usually blog on Monday, but this week we went up to our cottage in the Adirondacks for a few days. It is a bit of a media fast staying up there. I love it. There is nothing like being away from the usual distractions to bring family close to one another. When we packed up I was sure to bring the copy of our "Handbook" to complete this week's nature study.
A lake is a great place for observing tree silhouettes. It is so rare to be able to get far enough away from a tree to appreciate it true shape. We have several favorite trees that we enjoy during the summer, so I knew that the winter view would allow us much opportunity to complete this week's challenge.
On a hill we spotted some white birch trees.
We also found these tracks. "I" immediately said it had to be a cat or fox. We recently read the book How to be a Nature Detective.
This book does an excellent job of teaching how to identify tracks in the snow. I was so pleased that we can apply our knowledge out in the field!
The last tree we looked at was right in our yard. It is a flowering crab apple, but has a very interesting shape. It has been pruned to be almost bonsai-like.
Back inside I had each of the boys select a tree to sketch. Both chose to draw the pine tree.
We also looked at some of the twigs that we collected from the walk.
Here are out final drawings.