Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Unexpected Discoveries

Recently, I heard Barb from http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com/ speak on a podcast about expecting the unexpected during nature study. Although our nature study focus right now is flowers of any kind, during one of our most recent outings, we found some unexpected things to research.  Of course, we also found things we expected to find as well, but it was neat to see the unexpected among the expected.  Once we got home, I began a quest in my field guide and on the internet to see if we could identify what we had stumbled upon.

     As you can see, this is a cluster of mushrooms that was probably about 10-12 inches across.  I have no idea how to identify mushrooms so I won't even pretend to be able to.  That is something I've tried to do in the past and found myself frustrated and with no answer.  So if anyone out there knows of a good website where I might find answers to my mushroom questions, please share!  At any rate, it was neat to see this specimen of mushrooms.

     Here is another find.  I assume it is some sort of large mushroom.  It was around a foot in diameter.  You can get an idea of how large it was by comparing it to the shoe seen at the bottom of the photo.  Seeing this intrigued me as I didn't expect to see such a large specimen growing just off the beaten path.  We couldn't miss it!

     We have seen Daisy Fleabane (or Common Fleabane) before and posted a photo recently but this was different.  I'm pretty sure it's an Oxeye Daisy.

     I think this was the most unexpected creature we found.  It's an Oil Beetle (Meloe Impressus), a member of the Blister Beetle family, and we even discovered from our research that it was a male.  The male has a crimp in the antennae which we were able to see when zooming in.  The female lacks that characteristic.  Although it may appear black, it has a dark blue tint to it.  It was a good thing we didn't touch it because it emits a skin-blistering chemical when agitated.  

     I am amazed at God's handiwork in creation.  And as I engage in nature study and really search for things that I've never looked for before, I'm becoming more interested and fascinated with all the different things God placed on this earth that should cause us to praise His name.  Not only are we learning to enjoy God's beautiful creation, especially some things we've never really taken notice of before, we are also getting a little hiking in for exercise along the way.  Ah...more little kisses from God!

Many Blessings!

Wordless Wednesday ~ #2


Blessings!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday ~ #1

Just for fun, I decided to begin participating in Wordless Wednesday!  This week they are doing Wordless Wednesday all week so here goes nothing!


Continuing to enjoy God's little kisses today and hoping you are too!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Home School Blog Hop #8 - No Theme!




     Okay, I've never done this before since I've only been blogging for a month or so.  Even though I'm new to the blogging scene, a Home School Blog Hop sounded like fun to me so I decided to participate.

     I've been homeschooling for 6 years and have 3 daughters at home with me.  We have our good days and our bad days, as most homeschoolers do.  My life has been chaotic and crazy over the last 10 months but God is faithful and gracious.  During this time, I have been led to notice the little kisses from God each day.  Thus, the title of my blog.  Please leave a comment if you stop by.  And if you're interested in participating in this Home School Blog Hop #8, please click on the picture at the top of this post.  It will take you where you need to go.

Happy Blog Hopping!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sherwood Pictures presents a new movie, Courageous, in 2011

Week 1 Recap

Click on "Week 1 Recap" above to see info about this new film.  Just thought I'd share this.

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