It's hard to get the kids to just focus on thing at a time on this walk, but I try to acknowledge a subject per child. Each got to pick one thing we would take a picture off; however, the focus of our nature journals were two beautiful sunflowers we've been watching for several weeks now (I'll write about them on a different post). Here is what we found:
They loved this bright yellow Lantana, especially since we know how much butterflies enjoy them too.
Some of our favorite books related to nature study very close to home include: Nature in the Neighborhood by Gordon Morrison, One Small Square: Backyard by Donald Silver, Discover Nature Close to Home and Discover Nature Around the House by Elizabeth Lawlor. These and our very handy Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study are always great sources of inspiration close by. Sometimes our strolls or simply our homes can be great places waiting to discover nature; it just means we need to be good observers and appreciate the natural world great or small. Read Silvia's post for some great beginners tips.
BTW If you haven't read Charlotte Mason in the City, take a peak. Her nature study posts always remind me of this very thing. Nature is everywhere!