The beginning of November is the perfect time to gather nature’s bounty from woodlands and fields. Translation, there is free stuff waiting to be picked up!
Collecting nature’s castoffs is my kind of fun. Searching and poking around in overgrown places is like treasure hunting. What’s waiting out there to be pick up? Acorns, pine cones, nuts, bitter sweet, bird nests, dried plants and more.
Decorating your home with these natural elements is economical, biodegradable and good for the human psyche. Don’t underestimate the calming effect nature has on human beings.
Once the collecting is done the playing begins. I enjoy touching, examining and arranging these bits of nature in eye pleasing displays. I often use these natural objects as the subject of photographs. Another side benefit of foraging for end of season flora is learning the names of plants and where they grow.
I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than roaming around in the woods. Do take a walk today and don’t forget to grab collection bags and a camera!
- Display your collections in canning jars, baskets, on plates and serving trays. Old cutting boards or scraps of lumber also make nice backdrops.
- When hunting for bird nests look for clumps of fall leaves caught on branches. The nests will be under the leaves. The best places to look for nests are along edges of woods in bush type trees five to six feet off the ground.
- Dress for tall weeds and thorny underbrush. Wear leather shoes, thick socks and heavy cotton twill jeans.
- Keep out of reach of pets. When you bring outdoor plants inside often pets want to investigate. They may chew on or roll on top of your collection.
by Jill Eudaly
Photos by Jill Eudaly