Three little owls help me reconnect with nature

“Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,

Beautiful skyThree little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs

Three little owlsOf melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (‘This is my message to you-ou-ou:’)”

Three young Saw-whet owlsSingin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

~ Bob Marley

Over the long Memorial Day weekend I was able to take my seven year old to a family science camp in Eastern Oregon. We had given him the science camp adventure as a birthday present a couple of months ago and we were both so excited that the time was finally here- to escape, to explore, to hike, get dirty, make new friends, and try new things.

We both welcomed the chance to get away from our daily inundation of demands on our time and energy. It was amazing just how much time in the day there was with the absence of cell phones, internet, and driving. It was a time for just the two of us to do something fun. Plus we had the opportunity to learn a lot about the geology, fossils, and cultural history of the area.

We even got to see these sweet Saw-whet owl triplets up close and personal (of course I wasn’t as happy about what had to be in place to support a larger owl population: a larger rodent population). They were too adorable to watch them bobbing their heads and wondering what we were doing just standing there staring at them.

They still make me smile to think about… just like a little Bob Marley.

When was the last time you were able to pause your fast-paced life to reconnect with nature? Any plans to do so with your kids this summer? I would love to hear your ideas!

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Three little owls help me reconnect with nature — 14 Comments

  1. What a sweet post! It is so wonderful that your son was able to enjoy nature with you, that will stay with him forever :)

    I have plans to take my kids to the zoo very soon. It’s been 90degrees almost every day so soon as it cools down we are there!

    • We could use some of that heat! It was finally in the mid-70′s today and started to actually feel like summer may be coming. We were just discussing our local zoo too and trying to decide if we should get a membership again, since we have let ours lapse. I think the kids’ consensus was definitely, “Yes.” :)

  2. We are going to to get out to the lake and take some nature walks. I want to go somewhere that is undisturbed by humans, no sidewalk path, no boat launch on the lake, no power lines. I got nature cravings!

    Love the owls, how perfect!

  3. How cute are those????? We have a big fat old owl hanging around where we live, and he isn’t quite as sweet. Scary is more like it. Stoping by from SITS31days!

  4. Those owls are absolutely adorable! :) Last fall I was doing my daily walk with a friend and we saw something moving in the leaves. It was an owl (out during the morning hours). It was so cool and then it swooped by us and into the forest. I love seeing nature in my back yard!

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