Nature Study: Signs of Autumn

A nature study at last! Woohoo!

I finally feels like fall here in our neck of the woods, so yesterday we took a little nature walk and looked for signs of autumn. As we walked along, Kathryn said the sunshine along with the cool weather made her feel like running and skipping and dancing.

So she did.

We stopped by our neighborhood lake, which is really more like a big pond. There were SO many turtles! We talked about why they kept floating to the top like that, and Kathryn remembered from last week’s biology study that they are reptiles and therefore have lungs (not gills) and would be coming to to surface to breathe. Plus, they are cold-blooded, so they would want to be warming themselves in the sun.
NatureSignsofAutumn-5We noticed lots of fish, too, and cattails growing by the side of the lake.

Kathryn came up with a very good list (typed exactly as she wrote it):

Signs of Fall

  • Cooler temps
  • Leaves on ground
  • Dead leaves on trees
  • Colored leaves on trees
  • Dried seed pods on plants
  • Different types of fruit on trees
  • Ragweed
  • Pinecones everywhere
  • Dying plants
  • Dried cattails
  • Lots of acorns
  • Colored leaves on the ground


I’d love to live out in the country, perhaps on a farm with goats and chickens — but even though we live in the ‘burbs, we’re quite blessed to have big trees and a lake and abundant birds, as well as a safe place to walk and enjoy them all.

NatureSignsofAutumn-1And of course, my enthusiastic nature-loving little gal to enjoy it with me!

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Love the picture of Kathryn skipping and dancing. I think all of us here in Austin, TX have been doing the same with the cool temps we’ve been getting. Normally, it’s more of the same with heat this time of year, so everyone is excited about it being beautiful and cool. We don’t normally get much of a fall, instead it’s Summer into Winter. You can see so many more people out and about on the weekends because everyone wants to enjoy the weather while it lasts. Now, if we can get rid of the ragweed here, things would be… Read more »


Cool pics! I love this weather, too, and when my husband isn’t nearby to be embarrassed by me, I skip and run, as well!

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

This look like a wonderful day to be outdoors! I am so glad you and your daughter were able to enjoy the beauty and the cooler autumn temperatures. Thanks so much for sharing your time with the OHC.


What a great day! Nature walks are something I’d like to do more of, but never seem to actually do. And we have hiking trails right around the corner from us, too!

You’ve inspired me.

Tricia @Hodgepodge

What a beautiful time! Love your daughter’s list. This weather is definitely divine, isn’t it?


Great list and a great idea! We’ve got some nature study ideas lined up, but we’re sidelined with colds that are just nasty enough to keep us from being really active. I’m so eager to get out in this gorgeous weather! ~K


I must admit that I’m a little jealous that I have to work while y’all are playing in the nice cool weather. But at least I get to run, skip and dance when I get home.


Looks like she had so much fun. She has gotten so much older in the years that I have watched her grow on your blog. It does look like a lovely setting.