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Nature Study: Apple Trees

We got our first frost on (ironically) a nature study day. We decided to brave the weather and go out to Lair o’ the Bear Park to check out the apple trees. We were so cold, we only stayed for about 30 minutes, but we returned the next week to do a hike and pick some more apples.

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Don’t you love crisp Fall colors? Ahhhh….

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Picture 469We saw a Stellars Jay on top of one of the picnic tables.

Picture 468We identified this cute little insect as a Two-Striped Grasshopper (melanoplus bivittatus). They are all over the place this time of year and as you walk along the trails they constantly hop in front and in back of you.

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Picture 463 We also saw a beautiful Buckeye Butterfly (junonia coenia) resting on the trail. We noticed that his coloring fits in just perfectly with the browns, reds, and oranges of the fall landscape.

Picture 458A mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) was watching us while munching on his lunch. His antlers were red from shedding the velvety coating. He is ready for the fall rut.

Picture 470We had quite a few apples when we got home so we made apple cinnamon pancakes for breakfast the next day. They were delicious!

It is so neat to see what we discover on each Nature Study day. I love seeing my kids’ excitement as we uncover all nature’s gifts.

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