On rainy days on the island, we like to visit The Art and Nature Center
It's a combination art gallery, book store, and nature room.
This watercolor of the center was painted by Lorna Bell Cornell.
It's in an old schoolhouse.
My girls love it.
They have a wonderful beehive behind glass
that you are able to closely examine with a magnifying glass.
Let me emphasize the 'behind glass' part.
We like to look for the queen.
If she dies, the whole hive falls apart.
There is a full time naturalist, Ms. B, who fills us in on these details.
The girls like to take a closer look at island wildflowers.
And lots of bugs, snakes, fish, lizards, paper wasp hives and various bits and bobs that people on the island find and donate to the center.
In past years, we've donated crayfish, a bird's nest, and butterfly wings.
If you want, you can hold the snakes and lizards.
They are little and 'supposedly' harmless.
When it was Mary Kate's turn,
I asked her,
"Are you ok with this?"
She looked at me with her big eyes,
"I'm sooooooo not ok with this".
A girl after my own heart.