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Nature Fun for Kids: Take a Photo Walk

Our new favorite nature outing is to take a walk together with our cameras.  Provide a child with a camera, and he’ll see the world in a different way.  Every day while in Yosemite National Park last week, my son begged us to take him outside to photograph the flowers.  Obviously, Yosemite naturally calls to…

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Yosemite… Flowers Everywhere

Our first day in Yosemite, my five-year-old and I took a walk to check out the wildflowers.  I was impressed with his enthusiasm.  First, he exclaimed, ” Look!  Milkweed!!!”  Then a bit later, “And Indian Paintbrush!!”  These little blue butterflies were fluttering about everywhere.  Magical…

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Ah… Yosemite

We’ve been in Yosemite for the past week without Internet access.  We’re home now, and I’ll catch up with you all as soon as I can!  Hope you had a great week!! This is the view from the top of Sentinel Dome… a great hike to do with kids!

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The Bee in the Zucchini

Luckily, my son is observant. I would’ve missed this if it weren’t for him. While at my parent’s house over the weekend, my son and I were sent down to the garden to pick a fresh zucchini. I asked my son to look in the plant to see if he could find the best one…

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The California Towhee

The California Towhee family has been hanging out in our backyard for months and months, but I’ve been struggling to capture a photograph of the little guys.  They like to hop around on the ground, eating the seeds the other birds have knocked out of the feeder.  This is also the bird who ate all…

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Playtime at the Oakland Zoo

As an alternative to the local park or nature area, one of our favorite places for some quality outdoor playtime is the Oakland Zoo.    The weather today was much cooler than expected (in the 70s instead of the 100s, as it was a few days ago in the Bay Area).  Perfect weather for a late…

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Another Favorite… The Coyote

Early yesterday morning, while waiting for the water for my tea to boil, my son brought me to wakefulness by loudly exclaiming…  “THE COYOTE!  THE COYOTE!  MOMMY!  GET THE CAMERA!  IT’S THE COYOTE!”  I had to move fast… Here are my pre-caffeine photos of the coyote hunting for his breakfast on the hill behind our…

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San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

My husband, a 5th grade teacher, is now on vacation for the summer.  We celebrated the beginning of the season with a family trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in Golden Gate Park.  Neither my husband nor I had been here before, so we were excited to explore.  The second Tuesday of each…

Dandelions and Sunshine, Versatility and Love

I just realized my post yesterday (My Childhood Play… My Love of Nature) was my 100th!  I remember only a few months ago, being on post number two, wondering what I’d write about to get me to ten.  Now I can’t seem to stop… I’ve been blessed with a wonderful group of readers, and today…

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Exploring the Ringtail Cat Trail, Las Trampas, Alamo

Another great Outdoor Discoveries outing!  Today, the naturalist took the kids up the Ringtail Cat Trail into Las Trampas Regional Park for a “beanstalk lunch hike” to learn about vines.  This is another of my favorite trails in the area, especially on a hot summer day, as the trail winds above a creek through a…

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Solar Oven S’Mores

Yesterday afternoon, we attended a festival held by the East Bay Regional Park District at Shadow Cliffs in celebration of the Transit 0f Venus. While checking out the sun through the telescopes was pretty cool, the highlight for my son (other than playing in the trees with his friends) was making s’mores in a pizza…

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Farewell, Turkeys!

It’s been more than a week since we’ve seen our resident turkeys.  I don’t know where they go over the summer, but I know they’ll return in the fall!  They always do. A pair, on the hill… The one who visits us on our fence each day in the spring and fall… My son and…

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Tea Party!

Did you know boys enjoy tea parties, too? Friday afternoon, my son walked downstairs carrying his tea set and suggested we have a tea party in the backyard. Well, why not? We cleaned up the dishes, I made us some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and he set the table outside. Believe it or not,…