outdoor monday

This is my favorite time of year to be in our back field; the wildflowers are amazing! It’s the perfect place for us to gather Queen Anne’s Lace for our many Eastern Black Swallowtail larvae.

Fauna was in a wacky mood throwing seeds on herself (and us). Really now, how cool is her shirt????

Nature treasures

We haven’t looked up the owner of this nest yet, but it is quite pretty with the dried flowers and grasses throughout; it was given to us by my high school librarian, she said it was on her porch light and feared the babies didn’t hatch due to the heat of the light. Fauna is dying to dissect them to see what’s inside! She could do it too, this is the girl that was helping a friend dissect a frog that went belly up when she was 6. She’s my little Beatrix Potter. ;)

See the little monarch caterpillar on the milkweed leaf below?

Hi baby!

Araina found another new friend, I love her happy expression over a caterpillar! Seriously now, we have over 25 EBS larva. We are picking Queen Anne’s Lace multiple times during the day now to feed them all. I keep suggesting that we release some, but Araina won’t have that! She doesn’t want the birds to have them for a “tasty treat.” She struggles with that part of nature.

Araina’s new friend munching on Queen Anne’s Lace.

Little ladies running wild and free!

  If you are participating in Outdoor Challenge Mondays, be sure your blog link is below; if you still want to participate let me know and I’ll add you to the list.

5 orange potatoes, the five of us,little eco footprints,potje thee, silverpebble, the work of childhood, searching simplicity, love living simply, strasilo, semi-handmade, this little kitchen, school time adventures, heirloom seasons, the loving path, a place like this, the magnifying glass, pebbles in the water, chocolate eyes, we are here, rosy-posy, oakbee farm, my year in haiku, time to craft, child in harmony, serendipity, secret water, free flowing ways, se7en, a smile a day, where ada likes to wander, wide open campus, what are we doing today mom?, chasing domestic bliss, dim sum, bagels and crawfish, adventures of a flake, frontier dreams, the snail’s trail, goose and binky, over the crescent moon, it’s a wild life, my world edenwild,the binker files, lil muse lily, foursquare schoolhouse, obaitori, boys in the woods, bumbles and light , wonder in the woods, terrallectualism, semi-crunchy mama, Gwynneth, All Things Beautiful, we are here, shivaya naturals, free to learn and lovin it, moment to moment, being brooke, roots & wings co, little greenapple farm, 5 Orange Perks, home made simple, mommy and me, the child’s paper, jeszie, leaping greenly spirits, living and learning, for love of my oceans, earthboys, mummy do that!

“That’s all.”


  • September 7, 2010 - 2:04 am | Permalink

    oh my – i think iwill have a go at doing this … i love your blog, your picks and your cool kids – i love that we are both plush team and we both HE …. hugs

  • August 29, 2010 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    i love Fauna’s shirt!

  • August 26, 2010 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Your back yard ROCKS! Love, love, love Fauna’s shirt!!!

  • August 25, 2010 - 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Your girls are so darn cute. Love ariana’s expression in that first picture. You have so many caterpillar friends! Is therre such thing as too many?

  • August 24, 2010 - 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous! Oh how I love, love, love butterflies, especially Monarchs.

  • jaynie
    August 24, 2010 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    the nest and the eggs are to small for a house sparrow. I got to deliver the nest from Barb. It is really a beautiful nest. Very artistic little bird, it knew just where to put the flowers for the best effect. But it is smaller then it looks and the eggs aren’t big enough and the brown spots are to small. It really is about half the size of a sparrows nest, I know it looks bigger in the picture. That shirt looks like she has a giant butterfly on her back. Did it come from cox aboretum. Love the pictures!

  • Robin
    August 24, 2010 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh that picture of Fauna’s funny face is too funny! My new desktop. I think the nest is a House Sparrow. Check the size!

  • August 24, 2010 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    aw, shame about the eggs. love the girls’ t-shirts btw!

  • August 24, 2010 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    What a lovely field to be adventuring in……

  • August 24, 2010 - 7:39 am | Permalink

    Love Fauna’s shirt. LIsa, you may enjoy my latest post:


    25 larvae – that is a full time job! Your girls would get along so well with my children and their jars of bugs and caterpillars. Just love it.

  • August 24, 2010 - 6:38 am | Permalink

    Great photos! Love the shirt. Here’s my post for this week –I linked this post and your hummingbird nest post as well since I didn’t blog at all last week :)


    (I’m going to be totally vain and link another outdoor post about a weekend trip we took to Ohio for a car race recently too):


    Have a blessed week!

  • August 24, 2010 - 3:57 am | Permalink

    Lovely walk, takes me back to my childhood.

  • August 24, 2010 - 3:40 am | Permalink

    Wonderful Monday outing! Great photos!

  • August 23, 2010 - 11:56 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE the t-shirt. Fabulous photos as ever. :)

  • August 23, 2010 - 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Fauna’s shirt is awesome! I too am interested to disect the little eggy’s in that nest ;)

  • August 23, 2010 - 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos :)

  • August 23, 2010 - 10:49 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful place to discover nature! I love that your girls are inquisitive & fearless about the world around them. And I’m jealous of all those monarch caterpillars!

  • August 23, 2010 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    What lovely shots – that monarch butterfly larvae is amazing!

    xo Erin

  • August 23, 2010 - 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Living “wild and free” – isn’t that the best?

  • August 23, 2010 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

    What a rad shirt! Z would likely give an eyetooth to come across a honest-to-goodness Monarch caterpillar.
    Here are some thoughts/shots from our time spent savoring the tideflats this past weekend:

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