Saturday, May 7, 2011

Brazos Bend

Wednesday morning we decided last minute to pack a picnic and head over to Brazos Bend for a nature walk.  We started out at the nature center.  I could not tear Lexi away from the birding area and  Micah really enjoyed the snakes. 

Lauren and Micah checking out the difference between an alligator and a crocodile.  We learned that a when a crocodile closes his mouth his teeth interlace where an alligator's does not.
Hannah petting a tarantula.
Dragonfly resting on Hannah's hand.

Green Heron

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

An adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

I think this is a Palamedes Swallowtail

After walking around Elm Lake and the 40 Acre Lake we headed over to the playground for the kids to play.  I love this time a year, observing and learning.  I wish we had a travel trailer and could travel to a state park once a month for a week.  We could take our school along working on it in the morning, then use the afternoons to explore all that the parks have to teach us.

On Observing
by Samuel Johnson

The world is not yet exhausted;
let me see something tomorrow
which I never saw before.

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