Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival – September 2014

OHC Blog Carnival

September for our family was spent trying to avoid the wildfire smoke and closed roads in our area. It was a unusual month for us with very little outdoor time. I didn’t like it! We are determined to be back in our regular routine in October and even have a few day trips planned to make up for September’s craziness. Thank you to all of the blog carnival participants, making this a lovely gathering of nature study from all parts of the world.

Our family’s September entries from this month’s study (in case you missed one):

Salvia Study 3

Salvia Study

  • Angie from Petra School is back with the carnival this month sharing their entry, Outdoor Hour Challenge – Salvia. This is such a great example of how to conduct nature study with older kids, helping them to make connections.
Photo Credit: Shirley Ann from Under an English Sky

Photo Credit: Shirley Ann from Under an English Sky

Teasel Study or Other Wildflower

  • Shirley Ann from Under an English Sky shares their entry: OHC – The Teasel for you to enjoy. Oh, this is such a wonderful entry…I love seeing their teasel and then their nature journals too!
schoolhouse on the prairie monarch

Photo Credit: Barbara from Schoolhouse on the Prairie

  • Barbara from The Schoolhouse on the Prairie submits a glorious entry with their thistle study, monarch study, and leaf miners too: September Adventures. This makes me wish I lived in their neighborhood so I could tag along with their nature study. They also have some wonderful nature journal pages to share.
  • Anne from Harvest Moon by Hand has shared their Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies entry with the carnival. This entry is full of amazing images and loads of information.
  • Kerry from Keeping Up With The Kordishes would love for you to see their entry: Thistles.
  • Desiree from Out Homeschool Notebook has submitted their Queen Anne’s Lace Nature Study entry for you to enjoy.  They found a wonderful patch of flowers to observe up close and then sketch for their nature journals.

Burdock Study or Other Weed


Photo Credit: Brooketopia


Anne from Harvest Moon by Hand has submitted their entry, Blue Jay – Outdoor Hour Challenge for carnival readers to read. This is a nature study rich entry, two of my favorite things are the milkweed seeds and the horses running. Check out their nature journals too!

Anne from Harvest Moon by Hand also would love to share their Ants – Outdoor Hour Challenge entry with you in this edition of the carnival. Make sure to see images of the giant puffballs.

Anne from Harvest Moon by Hand would love for you to view their entry: Goldenrod Outdoor Hour Challenge. They did a very nice study of this plant they have on their property. (Love the grasshopper image too!)

Cara from Brooketopia has written this entry for you to enjoy: Vera Scarth-Johnson Wildflower Reserve. In this entry she is letting us glimpse into your Australian landscape….beautiful! She would also love for you to read and enjoy her entry: Rainbow Lorikeets. This amazing birds are in your backyard! One last entry for you to view – Nature Walk at Sharon Gorge. Gorgeous!

Janet from Pursuing Joy in the Journey has submitted their entry for carnival readers: Foraging, Spiders and Webs. They took a closer look at some webs they found this month.  She has some really nice images to share.

Carol from Journey and Destination shares their entry with the carnival: Nature Study in the Kitchen Garden. They are growing and identifying so many interesting things in their world. Enjoy a glimpse!

Michelle from Following Footprints has submitted her entry, Nature Study-Going on a Feather Hunt. Looks like they really enjoyed their day! She also has a very encouraging post for you to read, Happier Homeschooling-Taking a Nature Walk.

Be inspired. Be encouraged. Get outdoors!
OHC Blog Carnival

Don’t forget to share your blog entries with the Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival. All entries done in October are eligible for the next edition. The deadline for entries is 10/28/14 and you can send them directly to me: harmonyfinearts@yahoo.com or submit them at the blog carnival site (link on the sidebar of my blog).

Nature Photo of the Week Recap – September


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I have slowed down in my photos pinned to the board…see the note at the bottom of this entry for an explanation.

Please feel free to join us over on the Nature Photo of the Week Pinterest Board.

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Silhouette: That is the sun behind a very smoky sky. We have had a week of wildfire in our area and the mornings are dense with smoke…smells like a campfire burning even with the doors and windows shut. King Fire.

cat silhouette

Furry: My cat on the roof….we were sitting outside after dark and with the moon so bright behind her we could see her little cat silhouette.

I have had some trouble this month getting photos for my remaining topics left on my list.

Here’s what I have left….decided to make a list to carry in the notes section of my phone for easy reference.

Crystals, berries, fish, cold, refreshing, simplicity, energy, , bridge, bubbly, sparkle, feather, reflection, self-portrait, Just do it!



Outdoor Hour Challenge – Lizard Study

Lizard Anole Gecko Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

  • You can find lizards everywhere on earth except the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • Lizards are cold blooded, lay eggs, and have scales.
  • Lizards never stop growing and they shed their skin as they outgrow it.
  • The tail of a lizard can be released when it is grabbed by a predator, leaving the tail to squirm to distract or confuse the attacker as the lizard takes cover. (It will grow back slowly.)
  • Most small lizards are insectivores, eating ants, termites, gnats, bees, etc.

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Use pages 210-213 in the Handbook of Nature Study to introduce the topic of lizards. View the images and share a few of the descriptions to create some interest in lizards. Then use the links below to view online some of the various lizards, including anoles and geckos, linked there. There are a lot of possible subjects to study but don’t be overwhelmed. Find something in your local area that you could someday see in real life.
  • Lizards of the United States Links: Anguids, Teeids. There are lots of lizards in the US but if you follow the two links here you will find listings and images for more lizards than you can study in a week. Find a lizard that lives in your area by viewing the map in each listing.
  • Green Anole for younger children . Advanced Students: Green Anole—background information. Green Anole video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/blXmYtPXrQ4
  • Geckos of the US—I found this to be an informative page about geckos found in the United States. Geckos– this link has some amazing images! Green Gecko video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/SdGBnQzpXb4

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Spend some time outdoors this week hunting for lizards, anoles, or geckos. This may be a up-close study that you cannot accomplish until the opportunity arises but view the challenge as preparation for when the opportunity arises for a lizard, anole, or gecko study.
  • Use the Reptile and Amphibian Field Trip mini-book included in this ebook to stimulate interest in this subject by visiting a local pet shop.

Follow-Up Activities:

  • Use the notebook page included in the ebook to record your lizard observations and/or lizard facts. Coloring page for younger students.
  • Visit your local public library to look for books that feature lizards, anoles, and geckos.
  • Advanced Study: Create a list of three questions about lizards that you can research on your own. Record the answers on the notebook page provided in the ebook.

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library

Join us for this series of challenges every week here on the Handbook of Nature Study. If you want to purchase the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook so you can follow along with all the notebooking pages, coloring pages, and subject images, you can join the Ultimate or Journey Membership Levels. See the Join Us page for complete information. Also, you can view the Autumn Nature Study Continues content list on the announcement page.

OHC Autumn Nature Study Continues Cover Button

You can also submit any Outdoor Hour Challenge blog entry from September to the next edition of the Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival by sending the link directly to me by 9/29/14. Harmonyfinearts@yahoo.com