Monday, September 29, 2008

Out Exploring

Yesterday was such a nice day. We decided to go out and do a little exploring. Less than a mile from our neighborhood, there's about 100 acres that used to be nothing but wooded land. It's now being cleared out and developed into another new neighborhood. While it is sad to see that beautiful wooded land changing, it looks like it's going to be a really great area for homes to be built. Here are a few photos from our outing.

This past spring, my oldest son was out walking with friends in this area, and they came across two big waterfalls. They snapped a picture on their cell phone camera, and we couldn't believe how beautiful and big the waterfalls were. We finally decided to go check it out for ourselves. This is the place, just ahead of the boys, where the waterfalls were located. However, much to our disappointment, they are now dried up, because of our lack of rainfall. The boys actually trekked down into the shallow stream, but, my daughter and I weren't that adventurous.

These are some of the huge rocks that have been excavated. Wow! Wouldn't we love to have them to use in our own backyard to make a pond.

Our area is known for having a lot of rock. Here, you can see the layers of rock still in the earth, where they have worked on excavating.

Some of the roadway for the new neighborhood - aren't all the trees beautiful.

It's hard to tell from this picture, but, this was a huge sinkhole that we came across. If you peer down into the hole, you can see a rock wall. It was really cool (except for the trash that someone had thrown into it, ugh!) And, it was not very safe, it looked quite deep.

All these tall trees were so pretty with the sunlight shining through.

More pretty trees. The leaves are just starting to change colors.

Another roadway of the future neighborhood. This steep hill was quite the hike (can I count that as exercise;o)

This tree had the most unusual branches (or it could've been a vine). It was all twisted and outstretched - it reminded me of an octopus.

My daughter decided to collect some of nature's bounty. She ended up with acorns, pine cones, and some type of large nut. We brought them home and made a little bowl arrangement. I love acorns! The tops come off so perfectly, they look like little heads wearing hats.

Thanks for coming along with us on our outing. As this development continues, I will share more pictures in the future. I love to watch the progression of these things.


Pina said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of your walk! It is nice to see where you live. Beautiful! It is really a pity that all those trees had/have to fall. I just wonder, if we continue to do so, people who will be born in the next century will have nothing left to admire.