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Nature School :: The Strawberry Place

It has been so hot and dry lately.  I think this is just common for June where we are.  May is so wet and June is so. . . not.  It makes me feel a little glad to skip mowing the yard, but our gardens do need the water.  We got a few thunderstorms last night, so now everything is very heavy and damp outside.  I'm glad that cooler weather is on the way tomorrow!  This week, we took a crispy walk in the Raccoon Branch area.  The branch is a creek, of course, but we were on dry land this time around.  We were looking for wild strawberries that we found here in the past.

Raccoon Branch

Willow is really good at finding clovers with four leaves.
My dad has this skill, too.

Four Leaf Clover

Very tiny strawberries (and very sour!), but we did get to put them on some grass.


The Galax was plenty healthy.
We have a town around here named after this flower.


And we found this dear little Virginia rose growing in the bright sunshine.


We enjoyed a picnic lunch over at the campground and Roan scavenged for partridge berries. They were blooming up a storm, for sure, and there may be a bunch to pick when we return to visit the creek.

Yesterday found us trying out the Junior Naturalist program at our state park. There was a television set up to show a program about hummingbirds. Laurel said, "I want to run around," and so we became Junior Naturalist drop-outs. Oh, well. We spent the time playing in the creek, wading by the shore of the lake and making little leaf boats. It may be that we are still too young for some of the programming. I am hopeful that some of the other weeks will have more activity.

I'm going to try to do some painting today for a Father's Day surprise for Mike. Wish me luck!

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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