Outdoor Hour Challenge Autumn Teasel Study


“Let us study this plant in armor: First, its stem is tough, woody, hollow, with ridges extending its full length and each ridge armed with spines which are quite wide at the base and very sharp. It is impossible to take hold anywhere without begin pricked by either large or small spines.” – Anna Botsford Comstock

teasel july 2019

I have a special liking for this fairly unlikable plant. It just seems so tough and determined to survive, yet it has delicate purple flowers that begin blossoming at the middle of the flower-head and then the flowers spread in both ways, up and down. The narrative in the lesson found in the Handbook of Nature Study will give you lots of ideas for learning more about this unique plant with the unique blooming pattern.

Use this link to the challenge in the archives:

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Autumn Teasel Study (from the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook)

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Go on a teasel hunt this week or take a closer look at any wildflower or weed you find during your Outdoor Hour time. Can you find another plant that has prickles or spines or thorns?

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This challenge is found in the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook found in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships here on the Handbook of Nature Study. You can print the notebooking pages and the coloring page included in the ebook to supplement your nature study this week.

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Anatomy of a Nature Journal Page

Are you looking for a simple formula for a nature journal page? I have a printable for you!

I’m sharing a gem from my archives that gives you a little inspiration for a follow-up nature journal that keeps things simple and achievable. A blank page can be intimidating but with the formula outlined in the printable, you’ll soon be sketching and recording your nature experiences with ease.

Anatomy of a Nature Journal Page

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Anatomy of a Nature Journal Page

Do you need some more inspiration?

Getting Started with Nature Journals

This link has an abundance of ideas to get you going with your nature journal. I invite you to take a look and then pull out your supplies to make your next pages.



Nature Observer – September 2019

What a busy month of nature study for us! We’ve been trying to fit in as many hikes as we can before the weather makes it hard to get outside. I created a list at the beginning of the summer with potential hikes we could make within 30 miles of our house and we’ve been crossing them off one by one. We won’t finish the list this year, but I feel very good about making time to see a lot of the beauty we have in our local area. This is why we moved here in the first place! We don’t often feel the need to take a vacation because we live in a vacationer’s paradise.

Nature Journal Page with hike list

None of the hikes have been very strenuous but that’s because I am just now feeling like I’m strong enough to tackle a tougher hike. This summer was about building my strength in my legs and hips after my bilateral hip replacement surgery. It has taken awhile but I love being able to hike pain free!

Todd Lake

We discovered a magical place that has everything you would want in an easy hike: trail around a gorgeous lake, view of two mountain peaks, wildflowers, tall trees, fish and frogs, babbling creeks, an abundance of birds. Todd Lake is not far from Bend, Oregon and our home so we made three visits over the last few months. I was sort of sad on our last visit because I know soon the road will be closed by snow and we won’t be able to get there until the spring thaw. I will dream of it on the long winter days.

Jays at todd lake

I know that if we hadn’t made the list of places to explore at the beginning of the summer, we may have missed getting to know this place. The value of thinking and planning ahead for your nature study can’t be stressed enough.

Now to make a new list for next summer!

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Here is a collage of both wildflowers and garden flowers from my September photos.

fungi collage september 2019

Look at all these fungi! I’ve seen so many in my September travels and I will be pulling out my field guide to try to identify them for my nature journal. Amazing!

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All members here on the Handbook of Nature Study have access to the 2019-2020 nature plan for the Outdoor Hour Challenge. Look for it in your library.

Nature Planner Pages 2019 to 2020

There are also monthly nature planner pages in the Library for you to download and use to stimulate even more nature study and nature journal pages.

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