Despite the terrible cold and winter we’ve been experiencing for the past month (or due to it!) I’ve decided to finally get outdoors. Our tiny 690 sq. ft apartment is making me stir-crazy and the girls so we are starting with Challenge #1 from the Handbook of Nature Study blog. I’ve downloaded the book written by Anna Comstock and I’m so excited to begin our adventure. I really am quite ignorant when it comes to anything outside… not even knowing how to

identify basic trees, plants or birds. So personally I’m looking forward to learning along with my girls. I’m most excited to follow nature as winter slowly fades away and spring emerges with the hope she brings every year. So below are some pictures from our brief emergence into the forest next door to our apartment.



Animal tracks. But which animal? I don’t know! But I do know we have many deer and wild boar in our forest.

This was my favorite. I love how the snow layered itself on the west side of the trees. (Had to throw west in there because I actually pulled out my “compass” -thanks iPhone- and figured out which direction everything was!)

The girls couldn’t resist making snow angels and when they did my oldest noticed the tops of the trees and the sky and wanted me to take a picture of “niebo” which is Polish for sky. Below is their point of view.

This week we will work on identifying a few trees in the pictures. And on our next walk we will pay more attention to the bark and twigs/branches of the trees since there are no leaves to help us identify them. My girls were most interested in going on a walk to the store or getting into the car so it was a stretch to get them to be quiet enough to really stop and listen to what was going on in nature around them. But once they did they heard the birds chirping and other people laughing and playing in the snow.
So, what did my girls notice or take interest in? Had a hard time getting it out of them but I was very impressed after a bit of discussion between me and my oldest. She told me she noticed “ice”. So I asked her “where?” She told me “on the water” (there’s a pond in the forest which is what she was referring to) and I asked her what else was on the ice. She said “snow” and I prodded a bit more and she remembered the animal footprints across the pond. I asked her if animals could walk on the pond in the summer. She laughed and said “No! They would fall into the water and all the fish would eat them!” Now we don’t have piranha in the pond, but I was very proud that she came to that conclusion of the pond being frozen in winter and being water in summer! I’m very encouraged and looking forward to our next excursion. Now to get to naming the trees we saw!
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  • February 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm
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    Welcome to the OHC! I really enjoyed reading your entry about your excursion in Poland. Winter is winter everywhere.Tracks are fun to observe and once you identify a deer print, you will be able to see it everywhere. What a terrific photo of the trees looking up from underneath. The trees looks so tall. Could I use this photo as the OHC Photo of the Week? I put it on my sidebar and give a link back to your blog. Let me know.harmonyfinearts@yahoo.comThank you so much for sharing your link. I look forward to more entries. You could also enter this into the OHC Blog Carnival. http://blogcarnival.com/bc/cprof_9182.htmlBarb-Harmony Art Mom

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  • March 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm
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    I so enjoyed reading your post! I do need to get my childern out more we had so much snow that it was rather overwhelming : ) But reading your post has encouraged me to try again!!! : )Thanks!

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  • March 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm
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    I love that you photographed from the children's perspective! :)My favorite thing about doing the nature study (we're in wk5) has been just getting outside when normally we'd rather be warm and cozy indoors. It's so easy to assume there will be nothing to see in the deadness of winter, but I've been pleasantly surprised so far! And it is rejuvenating to the body to just get outdoors.

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  • March 2, 2010 at 12:40 am
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    What a great first challenge! We're pretty new to nature study too and, like you, I'm learning along with my kids. It's been a lot of fun!It's so exciting to see a blogger from Poland. Several years ago my husband and I spent a few weeks in Zelow as leaders for an English/Bible camp. We loved Poland and especially the people. Hope to see many more posts from you!Kellie @ Blue House Academy

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  • March 2, 2010 at 2:47 am
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    We all start out pretty ignorant. I'm doing really well with birds now but i still stink at trees and other stuff.You're doing really well!

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  • March 2, 2010 at 6:36 am
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    Nice job. I especially like the shots of the sky from the kids' viewpoint.

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  • March 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm
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    I enjoyed reading your post! I too am a newbie loving the outdoor challenges! I love the pics looking up at the sky through the trees! See ya around the challenges!

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  • March 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm
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    Your photos are beautiful! My husband's grandmother is from Poland, I will be looking around your blog a bit more closely soon :)welcome to Outdoor Nature Hour, I think you will love it. We sure do!

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