The weekend before last, in her own words:
We call her the bug/lizard/snake/slug/creature whisperer.
Okay, so maybe we don't, but I swear that's what this girl of mine is. Most days after school, she can be found in the fields next to our house rounding up anything that moves and will fit in a jar. Snakes, dragonflies, caterpillars, pill bugs, earwigs....anything and everything. And they gravitate to her. She walks around with cicadas on her arm, dragonflies hanging out on her shirt, and lizards in her hands.
When we went to Sunriver (where these pictures were taken), the park was just a couple minute's walk from our condo. She would ride her scooter ahead of us, and by the time we joined her, she was walking back in our direction with a frog or lizard in her hand. She sees things the rest of us don't and she knows how to gently explore and learn about them. Spring is an amazing season for her, the earth is hopping!
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. - John Muir