To begin this school year as an environmental science student I decided that there is no better opportunity to truly understand the subject of which I am currently studying than to observe the beautiful outdoors as my experience for first quarter. Right behind my house there is this little creek, when I was little me and my friends would climb the trees and jump across the water during hide and seek, but it has been a long time since I actually appreciated the creek that has been behind my house since the day we moved in. Because I was curious about the way nature was both during the day and at night I decided to visit the creek at around dusk so that I could almost compare and contrast the events of nature throughout this time period.
I first started at about 5:45pm, which is what time I got home from practice, and then me and my sister brought our backpacks and just sat by the creek and did our homework on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week. I brought my sister because I was a little scared to go by myself. Of course you are probably wondering how I observed the creek if I was focused on doing other things, but one thing I noticed is that you don't always have to see something to observe nature, sometimes if you just sit and listen you'll hear the birds chirping and then once the sun sets you'll hear the crickets. It was actually really funny, me and my sister were just sitting there and then all of the sudden she screamed because a frog was sitting right next to her, so as you can see above, I grabbed my phone and took a picture of it! After our third visit I took time to reflect on what I had seen. There are so many beautiful things in nature, and I know everyone says that, but if you just listen to the flow of the water and the leaves of the trees being blown by the wind you just find an inner peace that is like no other. One of the days, as you'll see above, it was raining when it got a little darker, so me and my sister just sat there with our umbrellas (as you can see in the picture) and just calmly sat there as the rain fell, and then when it started to stop all the little bugs came out so we went inside. To be honest, after completing this experience I have come to both appreciate nature and also to appreciate a time in the day to just sit and listen away from all of the craziness of school and society, maybe Henry David Thoreau wasn't that crazy!