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Nature Study: Yarrow

Throughout the months from March to October in Colorado, you can find little groups of white flowers at your feet. These little umbels of flowers are called yarrow. We recently made them the focus of our weekly nature walk. My kids, husband and I headed to the high country and hiked along a path at 10,000 feet and found many of these flowers.
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The kids discovered a visual treasure as they looked closely at each individual flower. I am always amazed at the intricate nature of God’s amazing creation.
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We pulled one plant up to examine the roots. The kids were amazed to find a purple taproot! We later saw and learned that many of these flowers can be a pinkish color.
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We also carefully looked at plants still in a bud state. The leaves were fern-like and spread out on the stem in a Fibonacci sequence.
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Later that week, during our nature journaling time, we read from our Rocky Mountain Wildflowers book that the plant was used by early Western settlers as an antiseptic. We learned more about when and where it commonly grows. Bud gave a narration of our walk, recalling all he could remember about what we observed that day. Then we spent sometime drawing in our notebooks about the plant.
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Bud – Age 7

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Peanut – Age 5

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My journal entry

We saw some other beautiful fall plants on our walk. These daisies were blooming everywhere. I love the abundance of daisies and sunflowers in late summer in Colorado bidding us a fine farewell to summer.
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This ground cover had the most beautiful array of color.
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“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you?” Luke 12:27-28


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