autumn days

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mount Tabor Park

Nature days are so invigorating.  We love every part of these outdoor days.  We recently went to Mount Tabor with friends, not only to climb the trees and play hide and seek, but also to pick flowers and spontaneously build a survival shelter out of fallen branches.  As we looked up into the tall trees during our first snack of the day, we spotted a large dark nest in the nearby tree and talked about the possible creatures that could live in it.  Looking up from our second snack a couple hours later, we saw something I had never seen until this day: a bald eagle!  It was first trailed by two quiet black birds resembling crows (but when are crows quiet?) and later by a Cooper's hawk with a translucent tail gleaming in the sun.  It was totally amazing to see our national bird for the first time, and over such a metropolitan area.  It was such a beautiful day of sunshine that our littlest children uncharacteristically took off their shoes and socks and rolled themselves around in the grass.  We sat in the grass for what felt like a combination of forever and not long enough and eventually headed home in search of more food for our bellies.  Spring was surely in the air and we were glad to have been there to take part in the shifting of seasons.

squirrel and coyote (variation of hide and seek) with friends
a full day of picking dandelion bouquets
little toesies in the lush greenery while the big kids build a fort

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