I grew up in a rather large city, and lived there most of my life. I still consider myself a "city kid". That's probably why I have such an appreciation for the wonders of nature.
We live in an area that is not only described as a suburb, but we are in the middle of farm country. Behind our home there are fields as far as the eye can see. On the roads leading to our house, there are horses, cows, wheat fields, corn fields, etc. I'm constantly amazed at the things I see around here on an average day.
Here is the glorious sunrise I wake up to nearly every day. Our view is unobstructed because the land hasn't been developed yet.
I know realistically there will be more houses back there some day, but for now I am enjoying the view!
A couple weeks ago there were 3 baby bunnies on our patio. We all watched them from the glass door as they sniffed and checked out our yard. The kids and I were equally amazed. I also see bunnies every time I run outside. I guess they're mornings folks too!
One morning recently I went out to water the garden, and this is what I found. I couldn't get over how beautifully perfect and large this web was. I just had to run into the house and grab my camera. Think of the hours of work that spider put in that night. Amazing what I find in my back yard these days!
I try not to take the little things for granted. Nature is amazing, especially to someone who didn't experience any of this as a child or young adult. I'm feeling lucky that my kids are able to grow up surrounded by natural beauty. They are learning about different creatures, and to co-exist with them.
We even have a tomato garden this year. Here is Tia getting ready to water the plants. It'll be so much fun to show her the fruit and start picking!