Welcome to Mud Puddles to Meteors.

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Over the course of the last many months, both of us have moved with our individual families to new states, away from the familiar homes that we had gotten to know so well in the years leading up to this one. Dawn moved from coastal Nova Scotia to the high desert of northern New Mexico. Annie left a green acre in Vermont to settle into a second floor apartment in the Boston area, with a small yard backing up to the parking lot behind the local bagel shop. Nothing about our long distance moves changed our enthusiasm for nature, or for sharing it with our children. But as we began the process of settling into our new homes, it became clear that the way that we would go about finding experiences of nature to share with our families was going to be different. Dawn was no longer living a stone’s throw from the Atlantic. Annie was no longer living walking distance from the shores of one of the largest lakes in the U.S. We found ourselves collectively perplexed about how best to continue going about what we both loved doing so much when it was suddenly so different that we were used to.

orb spider on web-1And that, in some ways, was the beginning of this blog. Because as we find ourselves needing to be a bit more conscious of seeking experiences of the natural world to share with our own kids, we also find ourselves thinking more and more about how to help other families to do the same. How best to share what we’ve learned about finding nature in the unexpected corners of everyday life. To invite you along as we work to raise nature-literate children who regard the world around them with a sense of wonder and respect. To show you that a sense of adventure and a keen eye is all that needed to realize that indeed, in many ways, the natural world is just an odd human construct. Children are often the first to realize that there is only one world, and that we are all a part of it.

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You’ll find that we have already added a handful of posts to help you get an idea of what you might discover when you visit here. We hope that you will join us in this space and become an active part of a community of families and educators working to provide the children in their lives with authentic experiences of nature.  We want to see this blog be more than just ours. We want it to be a landing place; a virtual home for a community of like-minded nature lovers sharing resources, sightings, ideas, and questions. You’ll find links in the sidebar here that will allow you to find us on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and more.  We hope that you will, and that you will follow along as we hit the trail accompanied by cameras and kiddos, keeping an eye on all that nature has to offer us.

Welcome to Mud Puddles to Meteors!

25 comments… add one

  • tamara September 16, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Yay! I am so excited for you both and this site looks wonderfully fun! Can’t wait to see more!

    • Mud Puddles September 16, 2013, 7:24 pm

      Thanks Tam!
      We would love to have you and the boys share some of your awesome nature finds and favorite hikes around NS!

  • Kim September 16, 2013, 9:10 pm

    Congratulations!! This looks so awesome.

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 12:04 am

      Thanks, Kim! I hope you’ll add some photos to our Flickr group since you and your son go on such great nature adventures together!

  • Adrienn September 16, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Congratulations! Nature-literate, what a beautiful expression! :)

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 12:04 am

      Thank you, Adrienn!

  • katherine johnson September 17, 2013, 4:19 am

    I’m so excited to find this. Thank you!

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:41 pm

      You are so welcome! Thanks for popping in here.

  • patricia September 17, 2013, 5:27 am

    It’s beautiful, ladies! And especially neat because you’re doing it together. I’ve been wondering for a long time now what the two of you were cooking up. So great to finally see!

    I would like to mention that those are the cutest social media buttons I’ve ever seen.

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 12:11 pm

      Thanks! There was much internal making fun of me (Annie) about how persnickety I was about social media buttons, so I am *very* pleased that someone noticed.

      As far as what we’ve been cooking up? This isn’t even it. Just a little side project while the super big exciting project continues on behind the scenes. I’ll send you an email :)

  • John Smith Books September 17, 2013, 11:44 am

    Great photos, great writing, very nice job.

    • dawn September 18, 2013, 8:26 am

      Thank you!

  • Megan September 17, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Beautiful photos! I’m really excited to see an entire blog devoted to nature. My kids would love outside if I’d allow it.

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:42 pm

      I (Annie) once slept on the roof of my house for like, a month or so. In college. I wonder if I ever told my mom that? Hmn.

  • Monique B September 17, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Congratulations! And thank you for reminding us all that nature finds a way in to our lives no matter what environment we’re in and that it’s important to take notice and appreciate it!

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:42 pm

      Thanks Monique! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to as well :)

  • Erin Altschule September 17, 2013, 1:15 pm

    As a devout follower of your work I am thrilled to see this evolution of your information sharing. I love it. I hope it can be reciprocal. Thank you for the grown-up book suggestions on your last Alphabet Glue post, btw. Thank you so much!

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Erin! And I would love for you to share with us as well. Did you join the Flickr group?

  • Kelly September 17, 2013, 7:54 pm

    What a beautiful blog! I’m in Boston too and when we moved here my first goal was to search out ways to connect with nature and other families who prioritize that as well. It’s definitely a different ballgame in the city but really nature is everywhere and the children are always seeking and noticing and finding it. I’m looking forward to following along with your adventures here! :)

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:38 pm

      It definitely takes a bit more effort, but I think that my appreciation is perhaps great as a result? We’ve been enjoying making day trips to some of the Mass. Audubon areas, but I’ve also been amazed at the kind of things that we have been able to find in our own backyard!

  • Mousy Brown September 17, 2013, 8:24 pm

    I’m captured already! Just those images above were enough to get me interested…can’t wait to see what else you have to share! :D

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Em! Maybe we can convince you to share some photos of the Welsh countryside?

  • Helen September 17, 2013, 11:06 pm

    Your new nature blog looks like it’s going to be soooo exciting. Your photography is beautiful.

    • annie and dawn September 17, 2013, 11:36 pm

      Thank you, Helen! We hope that it is going to be exciting too :)

  • Emily September 18, 2013, 6:18 am

    I am so excited to follow this blog! We also recently moved from a house with a large backyard, to an apartment with less of our own yard. We are in a more nature friendly town, but are finding that we have to seek it out with more intention than before. Thank you so much for creating a space to share ideas with families like ours!

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