With our master collector turning three in less than a month (!!), I decided to take my "fancy" camera (aka not my phone) with us on a family walk last night to snap some last photos of Two Year Old Bailey as she transforms like a little butterfly into Three Year Old Bailey. I also thought it would be fun to share what our nature walks usually look like, as we always post the end result of our collecting but as much of the process.
I started snapping right before we left, having just run around the backyard for awhile.
On our walks of late, B has been really into balancing on walls. She started out a little topsy turvy, but she's really getting good at remembering to put one foot in front of another She reaches out for a hand to get her balance, but sometimes she lets go and does it on her own.
We love to stop by these bushes to say goodnight to our bumble bee friend, Beatrice, who seems to linger each evening, collecting nectar after all the other bees have flown back to the hive. "Goodnight, Beatrice!"
When we come upon certain houses, she really starts to scout for things to put in her bag (which she gave her Daddoo to carry last night). Some have gardens filled with all sorts of beautiful plants and flowers and trees, all of which drop leaves and petals and seed pods she's allowed to collect. Now and then, neighbors come out to say hello while she's busy treasure spotting in their yard, which is nice because she gets to know who lives where and comes up with associations for them.
Sometimes they even welcome us into their gardens to enjoy their flowers (and sniff their intoxicating magnolia trees).
Now and then she spots some leaves she likes that are way up high, and thankfully she can't hasn't been tall enough to quite reach them yet because she's not allowed to pluck leaves off trees. She did manage to reach some last night, but was actually very gentle and didn't do anything she wasn't supposed to.
After all the collecting and chatting with neighbors, her little legs start to get a bit tired, so sometimes she takes a rest.
And sometimes, when she's really, really lucky, Daddoo will give her a lift when she just can't go any further on her own.