Expeditions & Discoveries {Spring Walks}

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Hello, dears!

We’ve been going on exploratory walks around our farm almost every Sunday lately and it is SO much fun! Also I’ve taken SO many pictures! XD I seriously have way too many post ideas to keep up, so I’m going to combine a few walks into one post. Enjoy the virtual sunshine! ๐Ÿ˜€

On the first walk, we explored the woods beside Dad’s shop. Fern fiddleheads were unrolling everywhere and bright little violets popped up by tree roots covered in moss… ahh, I loved it. โค There were also carpets of mayapple plants, which I’d never seen before. Interesting.

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This was about a month ago, when leaves and buds were just starting to come out.

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Aren’t fiddleheads adorable? ๐Ÿ˜€

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HA HA for some reason this just looks really funny to me. XD It’s like the tree has a tiny nose. Maybe I should draw a face around it. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I LOVE MOSS. โค

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Ooh, I really like this picture, particularly the lighting! The violet is a little blurry, but I love the golden light. I don’t exactly know how I got this one, but I do know I didn’t edit it.

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The roots are so neat, don’t you think?

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As you can see, the leaves were DEFINITELY not out yet.

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While walking back we saw a deep puddle that was literally TEEMING with tadpoles! There were hundreds if not a thousand. O.o I have never seen so many tadpoles in one place in my life!

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The puddle nearly dried up a while ago and left a lot of dead tadpoles in the sun, but it rained just in time to save the rest. ๐Ÿ˜› I should go check them again… last time I saw them they looked pretty much like this:

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Next we have the walk in which we went down to our bigger stream and Carmen, Jeff, and Megan all swam even though they had regular clothes on and it wasn’t exactly hot. XD

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HA HA I love this. XD

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They seemed to be having a pretty good time, but I decided against joining them. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Wow, that was a short walk. Anyway, the next one is at our smaller pond. We got a canoe at the auction after we bought the new farm, but it kinda leaked. So Dad and the boys patched it up, we got oars, and ta-daa!

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This woods had some lovely beeches, and everything was SO GREEN!

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This tree was huge and gorgeous. โค We came back to this spot for my birthday and had a dessert picnic with chocolate pecan pie. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yep, it was DELICIOUS. And then Carmen and I worked on a fairy house in these roots because I’d told her I would. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was fun, but got dark really quickly. (Also I don’t have any pictures of that night, sorry. :/ )

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We also want to make a fairy house here sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now, onto the next walk! This is the most recent. Last Sunday, in fact. I think these flowers are called phlox, but whatever they are, they certainly made the side of the trail pretty! โค

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I brought my sketchbook and some drawing utensils along but didn’t end up using them that much. I did get a little sketch done, though. (Also this picture was super hard to get, but I like how it turned out.)

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I’m fascinated with reflections and light and water, together or separate. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Mom and Carmen and I (and later Dad) wandered along the smaller creek that we call Little Runny. The air was hot and muggy, so the shade and water felt amazing.

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Mom found a few tulip-tree blooms and wanted me to take a picture of it for our house. I was quite happy to oblige, of course! ๐Ÿ˜€ Tulip-tree flowers are strange: green and orange and lily-shaped, with maple-like leaves. Certainly unique.

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Carmen wanted to show me a “swimming hole” she’d found, which wasn’t actually quite deep enough to swim in. XD

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While we were there, I saw a little water strider and the ripples it made looked neat, soย obviously I had to take a picture. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Ooh, I love this one!

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This stretch of Little Runny has sand instead of rocks! The riverbed is a mixture of sand and mud, which feels so good to bare feet. There are also random sandbars scattered like tiny beaches by the creek. The first time I saw them I was really surprised that they weren’t manmade.

Anyway, Carmen and I decided to try and build a sandcastle on one of the “beaches.” I think it turned out pretty cute for only having our hands to work with. (Thanks to my mom for taking this picture!)

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(Heh heh, once I started using this filter it was hard to stop. Oops.) I love this picture too! Isn’t it so cute and aesthetic? It looks like a summer beach photo instead of a spring creek photo. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Maggie also came along with us. She loves to wade in the streams and puddles, even though she never swims in deep ponds and stuff. Isn’t she so cute?

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And now let me end with this cool, refreshing picture. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the colors in this one!

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And there you have a small sampling of my many spring pictures. Going outside at this time of the year is quite dangerous for me if I intend the pictures for my blog because I JUST CAN’T. KEEP. UP. But you know, I think that’s rather a good problem to have. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you always take an excessive amount of pictures in spring too? Which is your most photographed season? And do you have a favorite or favorites of these pictures? I’d love to hear!

Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day! โค

***Allison***

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74 thoughts on “Expeditions & Discoveries {Spring Walks}

  1. SOOOOOOOOOO PRETTY ALLISON! Also I LOVE that picture of Carmen, the black-and-white one. The composition and the aperture…I don’t know, that one’s really good. Also I am going to swim in Little Runny. YOU BET. *starts packing swimsuit* Eeeeeeep spring and summer are just so pretty aren’t they? Oh and I LOVE tulip trees! We have two here, but one needs to be taken down. *weeps* Anyway, as usual, I LOVED THIS POST. โ™ฅ

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    1. THANK YOUUUUUUU! (Also heh heh, I cropped and blurred it a little, BUT THANKS ANYWAY.) REALLY? XD Dear me, well it might be too dry to try by the time you come, but it’s always good to be prepared. *nods* XD YES, THEY ARE! Ooh, really? I didn’t know that! Also THANK YOU SO MUCH I loved your comment, also as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. YOU’RE WELCOME! (Well I really liked it, ANYWAY.) YEP, REALLY. Oh dear. I hope not. Yep! They’re so pretty!

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  2. I take too many photos too ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have a queue of them destined for my blog soon ๐Ÿ˜‚. I really like the photo of the sand castle with the little leaf as a flag (sorry if thatโ€™s not what it was ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ ) really cool!

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  3. Ahh! This post is so spring-y and happy, Allison! Spring is over and summer has begun at my house, and this post made me miss the cooler weather. ๐Ÿ˜› I so badly want to come swim and explore with you guys – it looks so fun. XD And your photography is AMAZING – all of these pictures are beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ A few of my favorites are…

    SO PRETTY! ๐Ÿ˜€ I absolutely loved this post!

    -Clara โค
    P.S: I'M SO SORRY I HAVEN'T SENT YOUR LETTER YET. *facepalm* I'm working on it now and I'm hoping to send it before the weekend!

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    1. THANK YOUUU! WOW, seriously? That was a short spring. O.o Yessssss, eep, CLARA PLEASE COME. XD โค *sigh* Anyway, thank you so much, and hooray, favorites! Those are three of my top favorites too, actually. ๐Ÿ™‚
      THANK YOU AGAIN, DEAR.
      P. S. Aw, no problem! That's totally fine. Buuuut of course I can't WAIT to receive it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yay!

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  4. Ahh Allison your photos are so refreshing and beautiful! Yes, I know that feeling, I’ve taken so many pictures this spring, and it’s hard to keep up! I always love your photography posts!

    -Hannah
    P.S. Have you guys been able to move in it? I hope all the repairs and such are going well for your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah! Ha ha, YES! And aww, I’m so glad! โค
      P. S. Sadly we're not quite there yet, but thanks for asking! Right now we're thinking end of May/beginning of June. SOMETIME. XD Thanks again, dear!
      P. P. S. Your new profile picture is super cute!

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    1. Thanks! Oh true, you may very well be right! I meant to refer to the stage of the ferns, when they just come up, but on second thought, I could be wrong there. Thanks for telling me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I love these pictures! Especially the one of the moss, the picture of you reading, and all of the water pictures! You are awesome at nature photography! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    That is SO fun that you have a big creek like that in your woods! Carmen looks like she had fun! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Oh dear. I have the hugest thing stuffed with unposted photos… which I’d love to share— but haven’t been able to due to wrapping a few ‘last year of school’ stuff up. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I haven’t posted in a month. ๐Ÿ˜† Love the pictures! And that filter you used certainly has an aesthetic look to it! ~Emma

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    1. I knoooooow the feeling. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Aw, yeah, I know THAT feeling too. I hope the last bit of school goes well and quickly, and I can’t wait to read more of your posts! Also thanks!

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  7. That looks like so much fun!! I would be inspired to go out and climb one of the two trees in my yard, but it is unfortunately raining. ๐Ÿ˜œ My favorite one is the one of all the beeches, it looks so fun to explore!

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  8. Alison, I was watching a TV show called Cajun pawn stars and they showed an old letter and they payed 425$ for it!! and you have some old letters and maybe you can sell them and get some money!

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  9. Yes, Allison, I have the same problem; I take SO many photos in the Spring. All the flowers and beautiful things are so irresistible!
    I really like your photos, as always. I especially like the ones of your siblings walking down the creek and Carmen sitting on the tree roots.
    It’s always a bummer when frogs lay eggs in puddles, because it’s not likely that the tadpoles will survive. :/ Fortunately, we have a pool cover and a little pond for them to lay eggs. Lately we’ve been moving them out of the pool cover, because of course we want to open the pool! While I’m still on the subject of tadpoles, isn’t it so funny when they come to the surface and make a bubble?

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    1. I KNOW, it’s so hard not too!
      And thanks so much! I liked those too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yeah, it’s kind of a dangerous spot. :/ Ha, really? That’s great! And yeah, it’s so cute when they swim to the top. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  10. Your photography just makes me happy to look at, it is so gorgeous!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the one of the violet, it’s so awesome and unedited! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I think my most photographed season is spring and summer when all the flowers are out. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I need to come visit this awesome farm you have… ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Awww thank you, dear! I’m so glad you like it. โค Ooh yes, that definitely makes sense. Flowers are hard NOT to take pictures of. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Heh heh, YES, you really do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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