Fall #88 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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A September treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

Small + Sweet + Subtle

BonusSun-lit Shadow

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


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Summer #64 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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An August treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

Exciting + Eventful + Exceptional

Bonus –  special sunlight shadows

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

What is it?

Note: This is a special solar eclipse moment from 8/21/2017 in which the moon passed in front of the sun. Notice the crescent vs. circle shadows cast by the kitchen strainer due to the moon getting between the Earth and the sun.

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Toad BOOK LOOK – Chapter 8 of 19


Chapter 8

A Shadow Passes Over the Smiling Pool


And so it was a beautiful spring evening. Over in back of the Purple Hills to which Old Mother West Wind had taken her children, the Merry Little Breezes, and behind which jolly, round, red Mr. Sun had gone to bed, there was still a faint, clear light. Over the Green Meadows and the Smiling Pool the shadows had drawn a curtain of soft dusk which in the Green Forest became black. The little stars looked down from the sky and twinkled just to see their reflections twinkle back at them from the Smiling Pool. And there and all around it was perfect peace. Jerry Muskrat swam back and forth, making little silver lines on the surface of the Smiling Pool and squeaking contentedly, for it was the hour which he loves best. Little Friend the Song Sparrow had tucked his head under his wing and gone to sleep among the alders along the Laughing Brook and Redwing the Blackbird had done the same thing among the bulrushes. All the feathered songsters who had made joyous the bright day had gone to bed.

A Smiling Pool in the sunny day time before the dark shadows arrive for the night.

However, this did not mean that the glad spring chorus was silent. Oh, my, no! The Green Meadows were silent, and the Green Forest was silent, and yet as if to make up for this, the sweet singers of the Smiling Pool, the hylas and the frogs and Old Mr. Toad, were pouring out their gladness as if they had not been singing most of the departed day. You see it was the hour they love best of all, the hour which seems to them just made for singing, and they were doing their best to tell Old Mother Nature how they love her, and how glad they were that she had brought back sweet Mistress Spring to waken them from their long sleep.

It was so peaceful and beautiful there that it didn’t seem possible that danger of any kind could be lurking near. And yet Old Mr. Toad, swelling out that odd music bag in his throat and singing with all his might, never once forgot to be alert and so he was the first to see what looked like nothing so much as a little detached bit of the blackness of the Green Forest floating out towards the Smiling Pool. Instantly he stopped singing. That was a signal. When he stopped singing, his nearest neighbor stopped singing, then the next one and the next, and in a minute there wasn’t a sound from the Smiling Pool save the squeak of Jerry Muskrat hidden among the bulrushes. That great chorus stopped as abruptly as the lights go out when you flip a switch.

Back and forth over the Smiling Pool, this way and that way, floated the shadow, and yet there was no sign of any living thing in the Smiling Pool. After awhile the shadow floated away over the Green Meadows without a sound.

“Hooty the Owl didn’t get one of us for dinner that time,” said Old Mr. Toad to his nearest neighbor with a chuckle of satisfaction. Then he swelled out his music bag and began to sing again. And at once, as abruptly as it had stopped, the great chorus began again as joyous as before, for due to the watchfulness of Old Mr. Toad nothing had happened to the spring chorus singers.

Winter #50 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A February treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

Sunshine & Shadows -a Treasure Trove of Triangles

Bonus  Nature’s Presence & Ephemeral Presents

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.


What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


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Winter #58 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A January treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for the

” Sun Shining on the Same Snow Scene Creating

Sparkles & Stretched Shadows

Bonus  Seen at Different Hours of the Day

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.


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Fall #82 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A November treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

“Ten Times Taller”

BonusP.L.A.Y.-ing with Shadow Shapes

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.


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Stretching Shadow – A Simple Gift

The shadows grow long as the sun sets ever earlier and we near the end of November allowing for P.L.A.Y.-full moments like this one here in my neck-of-the-woods.

And even though I’ve passed through this patch of the forest a thousand times this moment was like catching an unexpected glimpse of myself in the mirror as I caught sight of my extended shadow.

My how tall I’ve grown I thought. I look a bit long in the legs with four of them no less! I could be called “stretch”! What if a critter walked up behind me, how tall would they be? What if it was the black bear I saw a few weeks ago only this time it was walking on two legs? Oh my – what silly fun!

This whimsical moment reminded me yet again of how everything changes, always. Mother Nature has made sure that no matter what there will always be change even if we do not readily see it.

That is how this year has been too. There are so many obvious changes that have taken place in 2020 and yet there are so many subtle ones as well.

This holiday week may be a bit quieter for many of us as we stay home in our own pods and save visiting family and friends for another year when it is safer to do so.

And perhaps this provides an unexpected opportunity for all of us to reflect on the more subtle changes, perhaps even unexpected delights, that have unfolded while our attention was elsewhere this year.

What little things have you overlooked that could only have taken place due to the larger changes throughout 2020?

Someday when masks, and pods, and the pandemic are over what little things will you miss that could only have taken place this year and will eventually disappear?

Once you’ve sat with these thoughts awhile I hope you and your cozy pod are able to take the time to delight in the simple and subtle changes outdoors this week and in the months to come.

Whether it is catching a glimpse of your own shadows in the setting sunlight, collecting cool crystals on a winter’s day, or creating your own spontaneous P.L.A.Y. projects may you all discover simple pleasures in your own neck-of-the-woods.

Truly nature is there for you, ready to P.L.A.Y., always.

Be well, be safe, and simply bee!

From me and my shadow,

Karen ;0) ❤

Fall #60 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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A October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for a . . .

“Happy Hidden Heart”

Bonus Love Lost + Found in the Forest Shadows

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


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Fall #65 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. September treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

” Grid-like + Geometric + Gift “

Bonus A Layer of sun-Lit Latticework on a Leaf

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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Hidden Hearts + Your P.L.A.Y. Nature

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LOVE is ALL around.

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Sometimes you just need to engage your P.L.A.Y. nature to see the hearts hidden in the shadows.

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Your turn!

Time to step out with curiosity and take a moment to truly see –

What’s waiting out there for me?

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