One of our favorite places to be... our creek!

Right in our backyard, there is a magical place that we go to explore, breathe and think.  We love seeing how it changes throughout the year.  This spring, heavy, fast rains have caused the water level to be at an all time high.  We have discussed the effects of erosion as trees, honeysuckle and rocks have washed away from the bank. Each new rain uncovers a fresh batch of fossils that have been buried beneath the earth for millions of years.  Exciting, right?  We find new creatures each time we visit the creek and turn over rocks.  Owen likes to bring earthworms and pill bugs to Ian constantly because they are his favorite.  Ian talks about how cute they are and shows us all, but tells us to be careful with his pets.

 We found some great clay on the bank and have used it to make unfired pots, paint rocks and decorate our bodies and faces.
 Our first salamander ever!  So cute!!! 
 Our cousins and friends love to play at the creek too!  Here they are working together to build a dam.
 Investigating the tiny crayfish they found!
  Bringing the crayfish up to a habitat for some further investigations.
 Ian is a persistent one!  He has crossed this creek hundreds of times... just to practice.  He loves getting wet, just so he has an excuse to take all of his clothes off :)  
 Eva has really started getting into finding new creatures and exploring new areas of our property.  One day she followed Mayo, our dog, through the woods beyond the creek just to see where he would take her.  She fit through all the paths he had made through the honeysuckle, because she is so small, but I had a terrible time trying to keep up with them!  He ended up showing her a hole under the fence that he uses to access the neighbor's cattle farm behind us.  I'm glad I caught up with her, as she was about to follow him under the fence!
 A crazy girl showing off some of the crazy flooding on the banks of our creek!

 One of the bigger earthworms we have found!