I had a good idea, as Autumn began approaching and the leaves began to change, that I would soon forget about my recent little foray into black and white. I think that when we were in Germany this time last year, the leaves had already begun to change quite rapidly by this time of year, as it’s my first year in Chicago I still need to get used to the rhythm of the seasons in this part of the world.
Mikey and I ventured out on Monday, despite the impending threat of rain, to explore a few streets of our neighbourhood and to see how the leaves were changing colour.
The nature garden at one of our nearby parks (where I took some macro’s last month) was still filled with flowers and bugs, so we spent time time inspecting the trails for them. The park was almost empty because of the black cloud hanging overhead, although it never actually rained, but hung over us and just threatened menacingly. Mikey found a honey bee and followed it along the path as it buzzed lazily from flower to flower. We watched some tiny birds eating seeds spilled onto the path by large, droopy flower heads, and of course found a few large spiders scurrying amongst the undergrowth too.
We made our way back home, collecting a few leaves that had already browned and fallen and jumping in the odd puddle left by the previous day’s rain. I think Mikey might need to start using his own bag to collect things in, because as it is I now have a bag with various leaves and rocks lining the bottom.
We ate a snack when we got home, and after that did a few pages of a preschool workbook (not an affiliate link). We recently bought a few of these workbooks and I adore their simplicity, Mikey loves them too. After the workbook we did some painting with hand prints, which is quite a big deal for a little boy who does not like to get his hands messy. He was a little hesitant at first, but soon got into it and we ended with paper spread all over our work desk, covered with joyful hand prints and left so that the paint could dry.
It’s nice to think, that in a few years we will become just as comfortable with this neighbourhood as we were with the area that we lived in for 3 years back in Germany. I still find myself a little confused by the street names here on occasion, they are laid out so differently from what I’m used to in Europe, and sometimes difficult for me to work out where I need to go. Mikey seems to be getting very good at recognising the streets and is very interested in different street signs, so I suppose that we’ll work it out together on our little exploring adventures.