Western Red Bud :: Nature Study

We have been admiring these bushes since we first drove on I5 south when my husband interviewed for his current position a year ago.   At the time, I didn’t know what they were – from a distance, they looked a little like lilacs but were much more vibrant purple in color.  Now that we live here in Northern California – I have seen them a bloom and knew that it would be the perfect topic for a nature study. 
While running along the river trail, it seemed the trail was lined with these colorful plants and it was now clear to me that the seed pods I had observed through the winter months were in fact the same plant as the vibrant purple blooms I had seen in the spring.  I thereby snapped a picture .. posted it to Project Noah and awaited an identification.  Within a few minutes, an email popped into my inbox indicating an identification had been posted,  Western Red Bud .  Yay!  Project Noah makes it sooo easy.  🙂
I was delighted to discover that the kids said we had a Western Red Bud in our backyard.  Technically, we don’t really have a backyard, but from our rear deck, one needs only to take a few steps to access the open space that is shared with our neighbors.  My kiddos have taken quite the liking to this area – more on this soon.  We thereby ventured out with our journals and pencils to sketch one afternoon.  Sadly, my little guy wasn’t in the mood to journal with us – perhaps there were too many distractions.  He busied himself with trying to catch yet another blue-bellied lizard, with whom he was become quite familiar.  

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥