Homeschool Adventures | Nevada City

I feel like the days documenting life with my children are ticking away. As I've shared in my post about documenting the small things, I no longer have to pick up toys from the floor or change diapers. Indeed, even Legos have been replaced by 2 inch thick books about dragons and wizards. I still want to preserve all the memories that I can though, so my camera goes with me as often as possible.  Last week my son and I visited Nevada City for a homeschool field trip. They have a self guided Victorian Fall Colors walking tour that I enjoy doing, as it allows me to revisit the Victorian homes and the fall colors every year. I have a fascination with the Victorian era, as many of my styled photoshoots are thus themed. Even one of my favorite places to shoot was built in that era

The walking tour is like a scavenger hunt. We found the first tree, a maple near the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street, quickly. The directions mention tree markers, which we did not find with any of the trees, but we recognized the shape of the leaves as coming from a maple tree. Fairly certain we found the right tree, my son took a bark rubbing of it and labeled the rubbing. 

 Tree rubbing activity on a maple tree. 

Tree rubbing activity on a maple tree. 

The rest of the trees on the tour were not this easy to find, however. Despite the directions, we were still not able to find the trees in the directions. I loved the colors we were seeing though...

 red Japanese maple tree leaves.

red Japanese maple tree leaves.

The fourth tree we found on a property. It was exciting because neither of us had seen chestnuts still enclosed in their burr. I asked my son to hold it, but it was painful - I was satisfied with him holding it on top of a piece of paper. 

 American Chestnut burr on the ground surrounded by brown leaves

American Chestnut burr on the ground surrounded by brown leaves

We found the Common Catalpa in someone's yard, with it's huge heart shaped leaves. We also found the London Plane (after getting lost!) because I recognized the cafe mentioned in the directions. Unfortunately, he couldn't get a rubbing without stepping onto private property or ruining a garden. By this time, it was about time to eat lunch before heading home. We spotted some Halloween decorations on the way back to Main Street. 

 3 purple witch halloween decorations on a leaf strewn lawn, in front of a house with a white fence enclosed porch

3 purple witch halloween decorations on a leaf strewn lawn, in front of a house with a white fence enclosed porch

Of course, I needed to take at least one photo of a Victorian home and a leaf littered road.

 White Victorian home with white picket fence. There is a yellow and orange tree in the front yard. 

White Victorian home with white picket fence. There is a yellow and orange tree in the front yard. 

There are so many reasons why I love Family Documentary Photography. These snippets of my life remind me that while childhood is fleeting, photos are not. I'll have these reminders when my kids have children of their own.  

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