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Springtime in Texas yields amazing blooms, especially after all the rain we have received. So, once the drizzle stopped and the blue sky returned, we headed outdoors for a wildflower hunt.
This year, I thought we would do a different type of flower collection in an effort to preserve nature’s beauty; and easily share our collection with others. Instead of the typical ‘pick the flower and press’ mantra, the boys and I are creating a digital flower journal - photographing living flowers and incorporating all the pertinent information about them to form a compendium.
We started out on the Paul G. Boorman Trail in Longview this afternoon. Along the way, we snapped a few splendid beauties. The neatest aspect of our hunt included finding birds’ nests, butterflies, a variety of feathered friends, and even a gentleman on a unicycle.
Our two mile trek, peppered with conversations about animals’ habitats, types of airplanes, and even waterfalls, was a nice break from the daily routine. There was even a reference or two made about the Hundred Acre Wood and the Lorax. It is often interesting what other learning takes place while on a simple walk observing flowers. The boys became Naturalists today.
While we still have more flowers to discover, we are off to a great start. I can’t wait to share the finished collection with you.
Do you have a special wildflower hot-spot you visit each year? I’d love to hear about it!