I have a lot of nature pictures that I intended to post but I have not been able to blog these past few months. We have had weekly Private Eye sessions that I will get to posting soon, I hope. I at least wanted to post these pictures and video of a giant baldfaced hornets' nest that was in a bush right outside our back door.
We were immediately impressed by the sheer size--a gray basketball in the bushes! White and gray that seemed to once flow in currents now solidified.
One day we went outside and found it split open, pieces lying on the ground. The hornets, though few, still came and went from it. Inside, along the edges, were hexagon chambers with opaque amber filling erratically pulsing from something inside it. Other chambers contained thin white remnants with holes, while others still were empty completely.
We study nature through a loupe and draw what we see. We compare and contrast, make analogies, and consider why things are structured as they are. This simple process opens the door to scientific investigation, richer writing, and creative art. See The Basic Steps to find out how.
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Parents, teach your children to see nature, respect and protect it as a magnificent gift that presents to us the grandeur of the Creator! In speaking in parables, Jesus used the language of nature to explain to his disciples the mysteries of the Kingdom. May the images he uses become familiar to us! Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil. May it bear fruit in us!