This week is Grasses Week in Exploring Nature With Children. We set out nice and early with a mind to explore our local grasses. However we found heaps of Dandelions! We both adore Dandelions, and wanted to sketch them instead.
Look at this beauty!
We found a smashing website that has amazing, magnified photography of Dandelions. Do take a look.
(Images from http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk taken by Brian Johnston)
We sketched in our journals; Rose included a near-by seed head, as well as a flower and leaf.
I sketched the flower and leaf, then added some notes and poetry. Did you know that Dandelions get their name from the French, ‘dent de lion’ (lion’s tooth?)
The Dandelion’s pallid tube
Astonishes the Grass,
And Winter instantly becomes
An infinite Alas-
The tube uplifts a signal Bud
And then a shouting Flower,-
The Proclamation of the Suns
That sepulture is o’er.
What did you find on your walk this week?