Out on the lake

Recently, my husband and I decided to get a canoe.  On Labor Day weekend, in humid 93 degree weather, we took it out on its “maiden voyage” on Reelfoot Lake.  There was a nice breeze out on the lake and the scenery was beautiful.  I definitely think I’m going to like canoeing — especially on cooler days.

“Maybe it won’t work out.  But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”  ~Unknown

Hanging out around the feeder

A few photos of female ruby-throated hummingbirds hanging out around a feeder at Big Sandy Unit Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

“Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers – a living prismatic gem … it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.”  ~W.H. Hudson

Finding bugs

Occasionally during the summer a climbing milkweed vine will spring up in our backyard and cover another already established plant.  Though considered a problem weed, sometimes I allow it to stay around for a while because I enjoy observing the variety of native insects that are attracted by its strongly scented, tiny white flowers and sappy stems.

“Leave part of the yard rough.  Don’t manicure everything.  Small children in particular love to turn over rocks and find bugs, and give them some space to do that …”  ~Richard Louv

Watchful calves

One of my favorite parts of our country road walk is getting to see the young calves out grazing in one of the fields that we pass.  They always stop, and seem to be watching with such interest as we pass by.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”  ~Robert Fulghum

Fowler’s Toad

Sometimes when I’m out walking in the backyard, this common little toad will jump out of its hiding spot in the grass and surprise me.  I’m guessing that it has a nice secluded spot under our porch where it goes to stay cool during the heat of the day.

“Nature poets can’t walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany.” ~Christian Wiman

A stroll around the boardwalk

You never know what you’re going to see while strolling around the boardwalk at Reelfoot Lake State Park.  Here are some shots that were taken back in June and July.

… Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again …
~Rose Milligan