Or like last Friday when our tree was covered with beautiful spiky frost:
Our tree was not quite so dramatic today, but we enjoyed taking a closer look at it during our nature study. Ryne and Grace each completed a notebook page for the Outdoor Hour Challenge and made a bark rubbing.
We looked at the path of a vine that climbed to the top branches last summer, and even pulled down a small portion of the vine. I cut a couple of small branches to inspect the buds, and we will keep them in water inside to see if the buds open. After a quick internet search, we learned that the black walnut has a distinctive honeycomb shaped pith, so I sliced off the end of our branch to see for ourselves.
Another thing we learned is that the wood is very valuable, so I decided if the kids don't get college scholarships, we can just cut down all the black walnut trees in our yard. Kidding!