B is for….
Birds and bees!
We have both loved bird watching and listening to bird sounds as part of 30 Days Wild; this is an annual favourite for me personally! It is amazing when you stay so still and silent, and just really tune into just the birds, how many different ones you will hear! Especially if you catch the right times of day, but really anytime, if you listen closely enough, there are so many different bird voices even in a city. I love just listening. But I also love watching them too!
We did some research on bees, and loved observing a bee close-up; we gave it some sugar water then carefully relocated it after this video clip…
C is for…
Click beetles! We found one in our cloakroom. It was such a fasciniting little thing; such a clever defense mechanism. Insects are amazing!
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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~ Vincent van Gogh
I haven’t had much time outside in nature today, but I do love how my phone is filled up with so many nature photos now. It is so lovely and relaxing to sit looking through them, like I have been doing this evening.
Also, I spotted a beetle earlier this morning in our cloakroom. When I tried to slide it onto a piece of paper, to take it outside, it suddenly jumped high in the air- it really surprised me! I gather it was a click beetle, I think? I read up on it- and what a funny, clever little thing it is!
I saw great beauty in the clever design of this defence reaction. It really got me thinking about how the beauty in nature (and all living beings) comes in so many different forms.
The Beauty in Nature Comes in Many Forms
The intricate detail on the wings of a fly,
The bright colours of the wildflowers,
The clever defense of a click beetle,
The raindrops on a spider web glimmering in the morning light.
The graceful flutter of a butterfly,
The songs sung by the birds up high,
The softness of a furry lamb’s ear,
The transformation of lavae to ladybird, tadpole to frog and caterpillar to butterfly.
The busy bee collecting pollen,
The damselfly by the water,
The rain on my skin,
The assortment of slugs and snails after the rain, making their trails as they slither along.
The bat in the night sky,
The long grasses where we run so free,
The edible fungus in a sea of bluebells,
The wonder of our ocean that connects us all- and the creatures that live there, great and small.
It holds such beauty, our wonderful world, in a million forms, everyday. It is up to us to keep it that way.