Spring is a fickle season around here, so we grab whatever chance we get to get out into the warm sunshine. A couple days ago the kids and I went out for a walk, our trusty National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England in hand (specifically, the Baron’s hand). We picked dandelions; admired daffodils in myriad combinations of yellow, orange and white; pointed out forsythia bushes (and one apple tree) in bloom to each other; and scuffed around in the shattered and ground-down remnants of last year’s acorns. We also spotted a new-to-us butterfly species, and thanks to the guide, identified it as a spring azure (what a lovely name that is!).
Have you learned a new name recently? Identified a flower, a tree, an insect, a shrub with strange leaves? Learned the name of car part, a chemical process, an architectural feature, an interesting rock?