Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Guest Post by Resident Naturalist, age 8

A few weeks ago my dad and I looked into a nest by our old green house. A bird flew out, and it hit me on the head. That really happened! I saw her go in and out. She had a nest in there. The eggs hatched and now the baby birds flew away.

Today I went with binoculars and saw a gold finch in her nest. I watched her stand up and move her eggs around with her beak. I saw her fly away and land in a tree. She made a pretty call and a bunch of other gold finches came to her, and then they flew away. I could see it really up close with binoculars and it was really cool.

In our bard there are baby squirrels. I saw one. It was really curious. It came very close to me. When I came close to it it ran behind some hay bales. It ran onto a window sill. I almost trapped it with the shutters. Right before it got away, I touched its tail.

When I was in our greenhouse, I saw some mice. I followed them outside. I found their house, and also a mouse nest.

I was by our barn and I saw a chipmunk eating feed. I got very close to it. It ran away. A few minutes later I saw something in the chicken fence. The little trees were bending down. I went inside, but it was a sparrow.


  1. be careful-the momma squirrels.My brother has a scar on his cheek from a bite he got from momma squirrel after he was climbing the tree to see the babies. cute post!

  2. Hi, Resident Naturalist - Isn't it fun to really look at all the wildlife that live so close to your home? I feel sorry for people who live in places where there is no wildlife. We can learn so much from watching all of them in their natural habitat.

    We have a hummingbird feeder right outside our back door. I have had hummingbirds dive bomb my head when I go in or out but I've never had one hit me!

  3. Budding Naturalist, you have done an excellent job of giving us a look at what you see everyday, enjoy it and always remember it!

  4. Thank you for your kind comments for my little naturalist. She's thrilled, and wants to post again after she collects some more observations for you. :)

  5. Oh my gosh ~ this is so precious! I can't wait for the next installment~!

  6. Wow! You got really close! I've never touched a squirrels tail before. You are lucky to have those pretty gold finches too. All we have in our yard are sparrows, which are pretty, but not as much as the finch's are. Keep looking! You're doing a great job!

  7. It's so nice to see a young naturalist out observing the world. Sounds like you've seen some very interesting things!

  8. I can't believe you got to touch the squirrel's tail! You must have been very patient to get that close to it. :) Thanks for your observations. You're doing exactly what my boys would hope to be doing on a blog. Great job!! :=)