Saturday, September 29, 2012

Close up Hawai'i

palm frond
It's fun to look at things under a magnifying glass.  When we were in Hawai'i for my brother's wedding last month, I stacked all my close up filters on my camera lens and explored.   What kinds of things would you like to look at close up?

book
ginger
plumeria
I think this was a ginger leaf
poinciana 
bouganvillea

ti and kukui lei
orchid lei

one of the succulents that was a favor from my brother's wedding


peacock feather
wedelia 
succulent favors

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rockhounding

Leaf fossil...maybe alder?  
Today we went up into the Cascade mountains to a claim that had been mined for gemstones at some point.  After mining what is desired from the area, we learned the leftover limestone is sometimes sold to be used in portland cement.  A geologist from a nearby rock and gem club told us that we would find some fossils, and let the kids explore the rock outcropping we walked to.  A spring came out of the hill and the main rocks were limestone, travertine and slate.  I couldn't hear much of what the teacher was saying because of all the hammering, but I sure enjoyed finding fossils in situ!  We found an imprint of an alder cone, an alder catkin imprint, twig imprints, alder leaf fossils and pine needle fossils.  

Exciting!  We JUST read about currants yesterday, and here were some wild currant bushes!
Little leaf fossils
Enjoying her pistachios.
Fires in Eastern Washington have made our area very smoggy, making asthmatics like my husband quite miserable.
Left: more tiny leaf fossils
Hello slug.

Saraiah asked if she could take this rock home.  I was looking at the boring other side and grudgingly gave her permission.  She flipped it over and found the best fossil all day!
Pine needle imprints
Travertine, a type of limestone found near mineral springs.  There was a spring flowing over this rock outcropping.
slate
little leaf imprint left of the middle.  Levi thought the leader said this was "skeletite" but I don't think that exists.  It might be calcite maybe?  The whole rock is below.

our spoils
maidenhair ferns

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Back


Fall back.  I love this phrase we use to remind ourselves of how to set our clocks as the season changes.  It reminds me of what comforts fall represents to me.  I enjoy falling back into old routines in schooling, household chores and church activities.  It's a cozy time of year that makes me content to snuggle into a fuzzy blanket and read some lovely books to my children.  I picture in my mind falling back into a big pile of leaves or a downy comforter and I am ready.  The shorter days give us time to rest and enjoy one another and give us a break from the work that seems to call when it's light so late.  Welcome fall.  I'm ready to fall back.












I love this man.  
me and the little ones.