Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nature Walks and Haikus

We went on a nature walk the other day. We decided to go on the 3 mile 'lake loop'. Yes, 3 miles with a 6 year old, 8 year old and 10 year old. But it turned out OK. They were all up for it, they even requested the lake loop. Doodlebug complained a bit and Sweet Pea gave him a piggy back ride for a little while when he was feeling tired.

We saw a white tailed deer munching happily on some leaves, very unconcerned about our presence 20 feet away, some ducks, a red tailed squirrel (which we all love - we have the gray ones in the neighborhood so it's always fun to see the frisky little red ones), chipmunks, birds, fish and bugs. and of the latter, there were very few. A nature walk is no fun if you spend the entire time slapping at bugs and running from buzzing things. Overall it was very fun.

Here are some pictures from our day along with some haiku:

Hourglass figure
Standing tall in the forest
Beaver's been around

 Shelves up the tree-side
Clinging tightly to the bark
Seats for the fairies

 Tree on an island
Its trunk curved in silent strength
Shield of solitude

 Great green guardians
Towering above the land
Watching, surveying

 Hairy ropey arms
Winding twining up around
Encircling the trunk

 Curled twisted corkscrew
Winding through the undergrowth
A spring coiled up tight


I won't mention the fact that these are kids. And that kids have small bladders. And that Doodlebug downed a full 12-14 ounces of liquid before leaving the house. 'Nuff said.


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