Our leaf studies started when the first leaves started to change. We enjoyed the fall colors with a local trip to Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park. We’ve awed each week at the maple at church, watching it turn every beautiful shade from green to yellow to red.
Last Saturday, we traveled to the next state over to the highest point. We walked and we slowed to soak in the colors.
While we’ve been oohing and aahing this whole month at leaves, we didn’t stop to marvel closely at design until we took the Up-Close Leaf Study Challenge at The Handbook of Nature Study.
And while gorgeous leaves had gathered on the kitchen table now and then in an arrangement, Friday morning Middle Girl and I went out early for the very purpose of gathering a variety. Maple, poplar, river birch, oak leaf hydrangea, mimosa.
And while we were out, she spotted our spider.
With our notebook pages at the ready, we hit a problem. Where is the magnifying glass? We couldn’t even find the little plastic one kept in the outside playhouse. *Sigh* “I know!” Middle Girl said, “There’s an app for your iPhone. And I think it’s free.” After a quick search, we downloaded Magnifying Glass with Light and we were in business!
“That’s the most fun leaf study I’ve ever done.” ~ 12-year-old
Technology and nature study.
For the record, we did find our little, plastic magnifying lens (after our study). But the favorite, most used hand lens that belonged to my grandfather, is still missing.
As a bonus, we copied some of our favorite leaf colors for our nature journals. There are many fun art and nature journal ideas for trees and leaves over at Harmony Art Mom too.
So many things we discovered by taking the time to look up close! Thanks to an October of beautiful fall colors and Handbook of Nature Study.