We have a good sized back yard and beyond that trees in between our house and the house on the street behind us. We call this “the woods.” In the late spring and summer, it’s pretty thick with growth back there and fairly full of poison ivy and ticks, so we will traipse around once in a while, but don’t spent a whole ton of time there in the summer. In the fall the woods are sloppy full of leaves and piles of grass clippings we’ve dumped to compost and the woods also only gets a handful of visits. In the winter the woods are little hard to navigate because of saplings, logs, stumps, vines and rocks hiding under the snow.
But in the early spring, we have always enjoyed exploring the woods, visiting favorite rocks or fallen down trees, looking for new things, moving stuff around to see whats underneath or just because, and coming up with plans for forts or fairy houses.
It has been raining on and off all week and most of the day yesterday, and despite it clearing up the town closed playing fields for practices sports. Homework was also light and the dog needed supervised invisible fence training, so my kids and I enjoyed a nice chunk of time in the backyard in the afternoon and spent some time to enjoying the woods.
Even without much color, it is nice to be able to spend time appreciating how interesting what is literally “in my backyard” can be.