Accès-Nature Waterville

Friday, February 18th, 2022

There is a lovely system of winter trails right here in Waterville.

We are using them.

 

The Monster Backpack!

Friday, November 5th, 2021

For Akiva’s first day of first grade at his new school, I sewed him a new backpack! The design is all my own, fully lined, in two colors of orange canvas with generous and deep water bottle pockets, a rear pocket, and a MONSTER pocket on the flap. The shoulder straps are padded with felted wool from old sweaters. The closure under the flap is a drawstringβ€” my favorite kind.

 

 

 

Although designed for school books, it works fine for walks in the woods, too.

 

 

 

When we get to the place of the Grandparent Trees,

Iris demonstrates the effects of centripetal force.

 

 

 

Akiva demonstrates his own sort of force.

 

The School of Everywhere

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

If we have to have a school and a school has to have a name, thus I have named it: The School of Everywhere.

Perhaps our mascot can be the wind.

 

 

The Rope at Val-Estrie

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Here we are again!

 

 

 

 

 

I know I’ve taken many, many photos at this spot, but this is the only one I can find:

29 June, 2018

Unidentified Myco Objects (UMO), part III

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Unidentified Myco Objects (UMO), part II

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Unidentified Myco Objects (UMO), part I

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the North End of Raymond Road

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Looking on the map, one might think that Raymond Road is a road one could drive

from one end to the other.

 

 

 

It isn’t.

 

 

 

Due to a gate at one end and a gate somewhere else in the middle,

the center of the road is able to accumulate a good amount of greenery.

 

 

 

It’s nice.

 

 

 

Looking to photograph a picturesque scene upon the road less traveled,

I ask my children to please run up and down the lane.

 

 

 

 

They do.

 

 

 

 

Newton’s Cradle

Monday, July 26th, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

For a good explanation of how Newton’s cradle really works, watch this video:

The Island in Winter

Friday, February 26th, 2021

 

We walk to the island. The children take turns pulling.

 

 

Akiva does not need to drink much water in winter: he eats the snowballs from his fleece mittens. When I notice his once-white chewing gum has become pink, I realize he has side-stepped the food-chain of microplastics consumption assumed in oceanic plastics pollution studies and gone directly to the source. I wonder how many thousands of plastic microfibers he has consumed on this walk. I feel helpless.

 

 

At the island, the tire swing, high above the river in summer, hangs low above the snow.

Iris steps onβ€”

 

 

β€”swing!

 

 

Akiva, shorter rounder and nearly as heavy, is more timid on the swing.

Iris pushes him gently.

 

 

He smiles bravely.