~~Longfellow's poem to Agassiz from Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
Today, we joined in with Barb-Harmony Art Mom over at Handbook of Nature Study for the first Autumn Series Outdoor Hour Challenge: Cattails. Our "challenge" was to:
Spend your outdoor time looking for cattails and then observing them to record their appearance at this time of the year. You will be revisiting this spot in every season to record your observations and to note the changes that take place from season to season. If your child does not want to sketch the cattail, bring along a camera to have them record the appearance with a photo. Remember the things you read about in the Handbook of Nature Study and see if you can complete the Cattails Seasonal Nature Study notebook page with lots of details. Also, look for other living creatures that might make their home in the cattails or that might visit there if you are still and quiet.
We decided we would probably be able to find cattails at the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve. We had been there before geocaching, so we were somewhat familiar with the area. Plus it is only minutes from our house.
On the menu: ham and cheese triangles, hard-boiled eggs, Tang, and, thanks to Joz...
Alice's Parmesan Herb Bread from her cookbook: Tea and Cake with the Saints by Alice Cantrell.
On the way out, we enjoyed looking at the Black-Eyed Susans: Maryland's state flower! And here are the finished pages: