Summer Fun


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joy in the journey

Sea turtle rests in soft sand

High Tide is coming


Waves breach sandy wall

Sea sculpture in jeopardy

Turtle loses head 


High tide claims its own

Turtle disappears in surf

Memories forever


Photos; Dwight L. Roth

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

Who Decides?

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These beautiful flowers grow wild along my little garden fence. This year they came up under my bird feeder. There were light blue ones as well. They are so beautiful and last only till noon. They make me smile every morning when I open my shades. Who would think of calling them weeds?

Wild morning glories

Celebrate in bright sunshine

Not weeds in my eyes

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Creative Learning

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When I started teaching back in 1969, computers were unheard of, there was no air conditioning, and the front wall of my classroom was covered with black slate chalk boards. It has been a challenging journey navigating through the changes that never cease.

I always tried to incorporate hands on learning in my classroom. We did crafts, had a painting easel, and did lots of cut and paste art work. One year my class had a hot house, raised their own Marigolds and replanted them around the school ground. Then we collected the seeds and saved them for the following year. We watched the mutations from cross-pollination.

As children start back to school, I wonder what Covid-19 and teaching for the test has done to their creativity. I am glad to see them back in the classroom even with the mask precautions. There are things you just can’t learn by virtual learning. It is essential that we don’t forget the importance of hands on learning and playing together.

Days growing shorter

School buses rumble at dawn

Kids can’t wait to learn


Photo; Dwight L. Roth

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Temperatures here hit 95 F today. It has been in the nineties for the past two weeks. The garden is fried, flowers are wilting, and in the scorching sunshine it is really unbearable. Afternoon sunshine pushed my thermometer to the limit.  All we can do is hibernate inside, hoping for cooler weather when September rolls around.

Temperatures soaring

ninety-five feels one twenty

Summer’s last hot blast

Photo: Dwight L. Roth