Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nature Walk!

It has been a long, long, long, long, long winter. I say that every Spring, but this year seems especially true. We went on our first nature walk of the season today. We had a Spring Nature Walk Senses Scavenger Hunt worksheet that I printed from the Handbook of Nature Study, although there wasn't a whole lot to tell us it was Spring quite yet. We will have to do it again in a few weeks.

Of course, we saw a lot of mud, which was on our list.

And probably the biggest sign it is Spring in the Red River Valley is a five letter word: F-L-O-O-D. Some say we have four seasons here: Summer, Winter, Winter and Flood.

This is the bridge a block from our house. That is the Sheyenne River you see creeping precariously close to the bridge. This is not uncommon and happens every year. Thankfully, someone had the presence of mind 20 years ago to put in a diversion for the Sheyenne River, otherwise we'd all be 10 feet under water by now.

We saw a lot of fat and happy Robins on our walk.

There are two in this photo, can you see them? Double click the photo to enlarge.

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