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On the Trail: Observing Flowers and Insects

 Posted by on October 9, 2012
Oct 092012

One of our favorite family activities is hiking. The weather lately has been perfect for being outside. On one of these perfect weather days, we headed to a local trail. Walking along the trail, we spent some time observing flowers and insects and enjoying nature.

On the Trail: Observing Flowers & Insects

The three of us walked along the trail at Aiden’s pace. He stops to observe everything, which Patrick and I love. First, we see the cattails. Patrick grabs one for Aiden to feel.


Then, we happened upon a field of yellow flowers. This is where we spent most of our time on this particular day. Aiden noticed the insects on the flowers. He looked at every flower he could reach to see what insects were there.

We saw soldier beetles, lady beetles, and cucumber beetles on the yellow flowers. On the flower below, you can see one soldier beetle and two cucumber beetles.

flowers and insects

We continued our hike and saw some butterflies. Here’s a picture of one I was able to catch with my camera.


What to do when you find a pile of leaves that have fallen on the trail?

dancing in leaves

You dance in them of course.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the little details you find on the trail itself.

We stopped to look at tracks in the mud. We saw dog tracks and cat tracks.

And Aiden found these deer tracks.

On our walk, we passed by a few ponds. We paused for a while at one and just took in the peaceful scene.

My two favorite people.

Here’s a snapshot of Aiden and me.

The picture below is my favorite from our trail hike. My camera has a setting that will add different effects to the picture. I was playing around with the different effects as we walked.

walking on the trail

 The next time your out on the trail, take a little more time for observing flowers and insects and all of the other great things in nature. You don’t have to go to the trail find nature. Read about our nature walk around the neighborhood for examples of what I mean.

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  5 Responses to “On the Trail: Observing Flowers and Insects”

  1. Nature walks are so inspiring! Seeing this post reminded me that I need to take my kids out for more of these explorations before the weather starts getting too cold..

  2. We love nature walks!

  3. What a beautiful post. You made some great discoveries! Love the tracks in the mud! I love that something as simple as a walk in nature never fails to provide countless opportunities to teach and learn. :) Thanks for linking up at the Outdoor Play Party this week!

  4. Love the special effects photograph. Looks like a picture straight out of a children’s book! :)

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