Today was a day like many other days. It was day one of my new resolve to eat better and get more exercise. I’ve been there before, but I’m always sure that this time it will stick. So I decided to walk this morning and walked out the door to very pretty skies.
The next stop for the day was Brooker Creek Preserve. I’d never been before and I expected to walk the bird trail and take lots of bird pictures, but that’s not what happened.The view from the bridge was lovely, but there were no birds to be seen and I was disappointed to start with. But I quickly discovered that this is exactly the place to go to for a nature adventure with kids. I was especially impressed with the area set up for the kids to have some hands-on interactions with nature. They could pet the pelts of some of the animals they have probably seen in the area.
And get to match the scat (that’s poop in layman’s terms) to the animal that created it.
Or hold a caterpillar, which will become a monarch butterfly.
Or make a caterpillar craft…
And a slideshow was playing up on the wall and one of the images caught my attention. I’ve seen these lichen many times here in Florida but didn’t appreciate what I was seeing. I liked them because there is sometimes a ‘face’ in the pattern on the bark.
And in the butterfly tent the kids were given q-tips that they could dip in fruit juice to attract the butterflies. This little cutie’s name is Charlotte and she totally made my day!
Half the fun of being out with the camera is that you never know what the day will bring, but it’s always fun.