Monday, June 29, 2009

Nature's Style of Playground Equipment

We had a horrible wind storm back in September which caused a few trees and branches to come tumbling down in our yard. We haven't exactly cleaned these trees and branches up yet because they make GREAT natural play equipment for the Little Ladies! One of our beloved apple trees came down; however, it still has an important purpose, the ladies climb all over it!





We also get a good look of the root system this way. And, believe it or not, it is still growing apples!



A huge limb from one of our white pines came down as well. It makes another cool place to climb and hide. It's hard to see in the photos, but the ladies can get far back into the branches. It's like a little pine cave; it makes a great (and soft) place to hide or play.


Now, I know my grandaddy is probably horrified with this post. His yard is IMMACULATE! I also know that he knows how much the girls love to climb and can see the reasoning we have for keeping a few limbs (and a whole tree) on the ground. :)

15 comments:

Erin said...

My boys would love to climb all over those fallen trees! That's amazing it's still producing apples. :)

Jane said...

What a great place to play! Nature does provide the greatest playgrounds. Children's imaginations just thrive in places like this!!!

alisha said...

how awesome!

Stephanie said...

Mama Nature always knows what she's doin'. :)
With apples, even.

Mom and Kiddo said...

That looks like a magical place for your girls to play.

dongdong said...

hi, lisa

I just saw your flicker pictures. You must have busy! So many beautiful creations. I love the tree with the heart. :)

nettlejuice said...

I love it!
Your grandad would be horrified by our yard as well, but to us it is Nature's vibrancy in constant flux and beauty, even the "dead" parts. All part of the process of renewal and magic.

Tara said...

This reminds me of the hedges my sisters and I would play in when we were young... we'd hide out for hours!

Boy do we have some fallen trees here.... great for play and for making little safe homes for our woodland critters.

Joy said...

It looks like they are having a blast. I'd leave the limbs/tree down as well. Nature playgrounds are so much more fun and imaginative. :)

affectioknit said...

I was such a tree climber when I was little - I even named the trees and they were my friends...

Lisa said...

Goose is the ultimate tree climber! She would love your playground!

jane said...

you just reminded me how much i loved climbing trees when i was younger. :)

julie said...

We have THREE silver maples on our property, and they are always kindly dropping huge limbs for my babies to climb all over.

andrea the pomegranates said...

love this, nature's playground. it's the truth and it's the original, right? well, the girl and i have been a bit under the weather and now it seems like the camera my friend let me borrow has finally ate the big one...sigh...anyhow, still love and am inspired GREATLY by you and your girls! :)

Mom, M.Ed. (Jessica) said...

Have you read Hurricane by David Weisner? I bet you would enjoy it, given your enjoyment of fallen tree limbs! ;o)