On a hike near our house, Waldorf and I saw some incredible things. We made a list of whatever made us "oooooo" and "ahhhhhh":
1) Two beetles fighting.
We asked our mom if we could break up the fight, but she said that they would work it out on their own. After all, we don't speak beetle-ish, maybe they were just hugging really closely. In the sunshine they were iridescent. That means that they flashed in rainbow colors depending on the angle we saw them.
2) A whole forest of blackberries!
We really wanted to snack on them but saw that there were poison oak leaves among them. Poison Oak is the kind of leaf you never want to touch... unless you want a huge, itchy, nasty rash!!! On the east coast you find Poison Ivy instead- which is just as bad. No thank you!!
3) A family of White-tailed Kites hunting in the grass!
Aren't they majestic? We were lucky enough to see five of them together, learning to hunt for little field mice. The coolest part is that when they hunt they hover in mid air. When they see something, they quickly close their wings and plunge down, grabbing for prey.
(Photo: Jason Crotty/Flickr Creative Commons)
What is the most incredible thing you have seen while hiking?