Today the girls and I went over to one of our favorite local parks for our Wednesday walk. It was a cloudy, cool day, but at least it wasn't raining! We brought our cameras and magnifying glasses and had lots of fun exploring the trails and seeing what life we could find around the ponds and little stream.
We saw lots of wildflowers and so many types of grasses. Every time we turned a corner there was something new to see. Hannah was so excited to take pictures of everything.
Around the big pond we saw a blue heron and some mallard ducks swimming around the many, many lily pads. You almost couldn't see the water because there were so many lily pads. And some of them even had beautiful white blossoms on them. We just couldn't get close enough to get a good picture.
After walking the trails for a bit the girls took a break and ran around the big, grassy hill and explored the little stream at the bottom. Hannah even tried rolling down the hill, but decided running downhill was much easier and faster.
Moving on to check out the smaller pond, we saw some pretty pond plants and were on the lookout for frogs. We did see one sitting on a rock but he hopped away before we could get a good look. I also spotted some tadpoles farther out in the water, but Hannah couldn't see them because of the reflections on the water.
We finished up our trip with a stop at the playground for some swinging time and a few runs down the slides. But then it was time to head home for some lunch since our tummies were rumbling.
On the way back to the car we walked through the rhododendron garden at the park and watched a few bees busy at work collecting nectar. Ellie loves to watch bees and always says "hello" to them when she sees them.
Another great day outdoors with my girls! Next week we are hoping to go check out somewhere we haven't been yet. But we'll have to wait and see how our week goes. Maybe we'll just go back and look for more frogs. :)
"How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." Psalm 104:24