I Love Fall
Audrey was invited to teach three first grade classes on butterflies. She prepared a slide showÂ sharing how she startedÂ and some things she has learnedÂ about Monarchs. Then she read one of her favorite butterfly books, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope and Sue Riddle, hadÂ a question time and interacted with the students for 45 minutes in eachÂ class.
All three classes were completely different. Â The first class knew a lot about Monarchs. Â They had raised a few and were bringing in more caterpillars and “critters” for the class to enjoy. Â The caterpillars in the other classes had stopped growing and the students never got to see their full metamorphosis.
All of the children were curious about Audrey’s butterflies, even students we saw in the hallway as we walked between classes. It was a good morning for us as Audrey was able to pass on her love of butterflies to a new group ofÂ children.
On Saturday, we enjoyed going to the Gathering at Five Medals, a reenactment of life in the northern Indiana area prior to statehood. This is the first time we have gone for years because of other commitments. Â It was a great year to go, the weather was beautiful, there were manyÂ reenactors and a lot of new things to see.
Everyone enjoyed different things. Â Megan loved seeing what we are starting to learn in history. Adrian liked the cannons-but not the noise- and the skirmish. Â Mark was fascinated with the different guns and the blacksmith shop. Audrey enjoyed watching the mock skirmish, especially actors who were not sure if they were “still” dead or not. Â Andrea enjoyed watching everything!
While the whole day was great, my favorite part (and Allan’s) was done by Steven Caudill, a descendant of Daniel Boone who shared about Boone’s life. Â He did a great job telling his story and sharing the gospel along with it. Â I would enjoy being able to listen to him again.
This evening Audrey taught a class on Monarchs to fifteen adults, most who are studying to be Indiana Master Naturalists. She did a wonderful job getting her slide presentation ready and sharing what she has learned about butterflies. Since her class last year, she has grown and matured a lot, and she presented a well polished seminar.
After class, one of the gentlemen expressed surprise that she was only thirteen years old. He thought she was at least eighteenÂ or nineteenÂ as composed and mature as she presented herself. Allan, who never heard her presentation, was able to make it to this one and thought she did “pretty good.”
Over that last few months, I took a class called Photographing Nature.Â My biggest goal inÂ taking photography classes was to learn how to shoot what I wanted completely in manual mode and not have to adjust the pictures once I downloaded them. Â At the beginning of the summer, most of my pictures were horrible! Â All of the photographs for this class were taken manually and I rarely had to change anything. Most importantly, I understood why, what I chose to do, worked!
We were outside when we noticed seven or eight Monarchs on our butterfly bush. Â There were two or three other ones flitting about also. Â It is the first time we have ever noticed so many Monarchs in our back yard at the same time. Â We thinkÂ they are migrating.
Audrey went outside and caught a few to test for OE. Â One of them was sick, so she kept him, but released the healthy one. Â She also roamed the neighbors’ yard to see if she could find anymore.
We are hoping that more Monarchs use our yard for a B&B as they travel south. Â We have been working hard to plant more Monarch friendly plants and, according to Audrey, you can never have too many butterflies.