Following on from my September "Nature Hunt" sheet, here is one for October 2021. I have found these flowers (and insect) in Jerrabomberra, but they will be all over the Canberra/Queanbeyan region. It might help your kids (and you?) to engage with nature a bit more when you are taking them on walks. Again, it includes the common names and also the botanical names. You can print it off or keep it on your phone. The idea is just to spot them, perhaps photograph - not pick them. Have fun spotting them!
This one is for locals - in the Jerrabomberra/Queanbeyan area. I've created a "Nature Hunt" sheet featuring a few local plants which are flowering now (September) in the Jerrabomberra nature reserve. I thought it might make it a bit more interesting, and help your kids to engage when you take them for a walk through the reserve. It includes the common names and also the botanical names. You can print it off or keep it on your phone. The idea is just to spot them, perhaps photograph - not pick them. I hope it's useful and a bit of fun. I will create a new nature hunt for the late September/October period as there are new plants flowering all the time.
Recently I’ve decided to learn more about the species in the area where I live. I’ve been doing some researching using guide books and websites, observing the plants, taking photographs, and asking friends and experts in order to identify the local species. It occurred to me that perhaps other people might like to do the same thing.
So I’ve put together this video (hopefully there will be more) where I take a closer look at a particular plant, and then paint it. I’m painting in a sketchbook style, so this is suitable for complete beginners. It is about observing the details of the plant, and drawing them, and I will be painting them. The paintings are not intended to be framed works of art, I’m painting them in a sketchbook that I can refer to later if I wish, but it is all about the process and educating ourselves. So in this first video I’m looking at the Eucalyptus polyanthemos, or Redbox, an Australian native tree. If you have some of these near you, then great. But if you don’t, hopefully you can still learn something which you can apply to other species. This should be a low pressure, fun experience.
So grab a pencil and paper, some paints if you have them, and have a go. And if you’re out walking this weekend, see how many Redbox trees you can find. Link to the video is here