Monday, October 29, 2012

Autumn Leaves Crunch

We headed to the park, as usual, for our Monday afternoon outdoors time and some nature study inspiration.  Today was an extra special trip:  Dad was around, woo-hoo! This meant we could drive two cars and take six bikes with us!!

As we walked the trail I couldn't help but just admire the leaves on the trees.  In California you tend to notice the evergreens more than the deciduous, but there are a few trees that still give us that autumn color inspiration.

California Sycamore - Platanus Racemosa

American Sweetgum - Liquidambar Styraciflua
The second thing about these trees that always give us just a bit of the autumn feel is the leaves we see on the ground.  We don't get to see many leaf piles, so we have to settle on those few that we happen upon.

But you want to know what my kids favorite part of all these leaves is:


The CRUNCH they make when you ride your bike over them!


Celeste said...

The sweetgums around here are turning such lovely colors this week (we're in CA too, up north--Bay Area), and we're all loving the brightness! So fun to spot as we drive around town.

Jenny said...

Celeste, I can imagine. I'm grateful we get to see some color on the west coast too ; )