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Nature Study: Stumps

ns_stumps_lgThis weekend I enjoyed a rare treat… a nature walk with just one of my sweet kids. My sweet girl and I set out early in the morning and were surprised to find a network of trails in the woods nearby. We enjoyed exploring and listening to the chorus of birds.

We saw many stumps along the sides of the trails and had a wonderful time looking at them up close. This one had sap bleeding from it’s fresh cut wound.

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Picture 828This one had fire-like markings around the edge.

Picture 827We talked about the rings showing the age of the tree when it fell.

Picture 826It was neat to look up close and see all the colors brought to life from the rotting wood.

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Picture 823Each wooden skeleton was unique and told a story of its death in the woods.

Picture 822Some even provided food and shelter for bugs and small animals.

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Picture 830It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


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