The Thrill of Discovery

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I can still remember the lore of water and mud, of mountain streams, and rotten logs and  bugs under rocks.  Nature’s mysteries still draw me to get my feet in the mud, letting it squish up between my toes. One of our best learning environments is all around us.  I enjoyed watching these children searching the lake bank and under stumps for that special treasure, while totally oblivious to everything else around them. 

Nature’s mysteries

Focused… searching  intently

Treasures in lake mud


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Shoes tossed aside

Wading into discovery

“Oh, look what I found!”



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Sharing their treasures

Exciting moments in time

Mud dries between toes!

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

53 thoughts on “The Thrill of Discovery

  1. Yes indeed Dwight, I remember those wondrous days of mud between my toes, in that big new world of nature’s treasures yet to be discovered… .. simply adored your article today, .. well done and thank you for sharing the joy …

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  2. Adventures of childhood exploration, I remember those days. The photos are delightful that even in today’s electronic world children still have that sense to discover nature’s wonders. Nicely written, Dwight.

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  3. I am thrilled to find something unexpected in my wildlife garden, like a sleeping field mouse inside a hollow part of a brick! I put the brick carefully back without disturbing her.
    Thank you for the lovely pictures!


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  4. Thank you, Dwight, for this awesome post! Lovely photos and haikus.

    One school where I taught was on a fossil bed. We enjoyed exploring the grounds and collecting fossils, leaves, and other treasures. We planted a butterfly garden and went outside to construct sundials. It was great to go outside for science class! ❤ Take care!

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