This week, the outdoor challenge was evening primrose and night blooming flowers. It was great timing, because we were planning on going camping anyhow! It was the first time camping for everyone in the family, except my husband…so, being camping newbies, plus doing primitive tent camping with three kids from ages 1 through 6, we were in for quite the adventure! I’ll post most of those pictures at the end of this post, so that the nature study stuff can be at the top of the post.
Anyhow, it was a rainy night with a few thunderstorms, so we weren’t able to go out to observe early on in the evening. However, once it was dark, the thunderstorms let up and we were able to walk around the edge of the woods and lake looking for flowers that only bloom at night. Oddly enough, we actually didn’t see any. But, the next morning we did see morning glories…flowers that only bloom in the morning! So, it wasn’t quite the results of the challenge we wanted, but still, really cool and kind of related!
Morning Glory fully opened
A view of the bloom from the side
A flower getting ready to bloom
Here's a view of the leaves around a bloom. This bloom had fallen out, so we got a good view of the teardrop shaped leaves.
And now for the camping pictures…I’ll post it in 2 parts because there are like 30 pictures to share! There are lots of nature-related ones too.
Red berries that were around the campsight
The trees surrounding the tent
Thunderstorm rolling in
Jedi watching minnows
Happy little Bitty Bug running around
Bug pretending to nap
All three kids trying to catch minnows in their nets
I caught one in mine! Later, Jedi caught one too.
The rain started coming down hard, so the kids went back to the tent to play games
Back to the water!
Bug going rock hunting in the water
Calm lake...nobody else was here because the beach closed when the thunderstorms hit, and only one other family was camping at the campground due to the weather
A view of one of the fake mountains around the lake...we actually hiked up a smaller version of this that was right next to it earlier this summer
Posting part 1…more camp pictures in the next post