Winter Tree Study 2011
Glitter: Connie Prince – A New Beginning
Photo Treatment: Inspired By Dominic Designs – Easy Blends Vol 1
Fonts: Miss Tina Fonts – MTF-Base Leafy and MTF-Mikayla Print
Everything else – Connie Prince – No Place Like Home

For this year’s tree study, we are going to keep our eyes on the lovely paper birch (Betula papyrifera) that grows in the front yard near the front creek. This was a cold, windy, snowy day, with overcast skies. The bark of the trunk was white and papery, while the branchs’ bark was a reddish-brown. Alex found a branch high up in the tree that still had a portion of the tree’s fruit. We noticed the buds were already appearing .

Just in case you didn’t know, Barb over at the Handbook of Nature Study has some truly, truly inspirational challenges to get you started in nature study. She uses as her “spine” the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. You may be like me, having the book already on your shelf, because it is pretty much a homeschool stand-by, yet having no idea what to really do with it. I am so happy that I found these challenges, as they’ve really made nature study a “pick up and go” activity and I am finally using this book.