I love being out in nature when we go camping, but I have to admit, I prefer when nature keeps its distance. I squeal when bees fly around me, I gasp when I find a giant spider scurrying along the pine needles and I get a little nervous when I hear forest noises for which I cannot identify an owner. Even with my fears and apprehension, I still respect God’s creatures that dwell in the forest.
I am pleased that my children appreciate nature, too. They do not destroy the habitat or intentionally harm the creatures. (Although when we came across a large beetle I knew from my childhood as a “stink bug”, my younger son did ask if he could kill it to see if it really stinks. The answer was “no”. I didn’t tell him that I had firsth-hand experience because I was a wretched child and crushed a few. I do regret my childhood actions.)
Before we went on a hike on Friday, I told the kids I wanted to get pictures of things that lived in the forest. It was a living scavenger hunt of sorts, and some of the things they found, I’d have slept better not knowing about them. The good news: we didn’t find any black bears or mountain lions!
I hope you enjoy the slideshow of what we did capture digitally!
Genesis 1:26 – Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.