Seeing yellow

Leaves aren’t the only yellow to be seen in autumn.  Here are a few others that I came across during September and October.

“It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character.  Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.  With yellow the eye rejoices, the heart expands, the spirit is cheered and we immediately feel warmed.  Many people feel an inclination to laugh when looking through a yellow glass.”  ~Johann von Goethe

Goldenrod and Soldier Beetles

In autumn, the landscape is dotted with the vibrant golden-yellow blooms of goldenrod, a wildflower that grows in fields and along roadways.  One insect that is commonly attracted to goldenrod is the goldenrod soldier beetle, or Pennsylvania leatherwing.  Adult soldier beetles feed on the pollen and nectar, and forage along the flowers for insect eggs and aphids.  The flowers also serve as a place for them to meet and mate.

“There’s something about autumn that wakes up our senses and reminds us to live … ”  ~Unknown

Building through rural farmland

Progress is being made on a segment of Interstate 69, also known as the NAFTA Superhighway, through part of Northwest Tennessee.  When completed, it is expected to foster commerce with Canada and Mexico and help connect the area to other interstates.  These photos show machinery, which is being used in road construction, parked between a corn field and a soybean field as the sun goes down at the end of the day.

“If you do not like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”  ~Dolly Parton

Drawn to the lantanas

Enticed by its sweet smelling nectar, these butterflies could not resist the bright, beautiful blooms of the lantana plants.

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.”  ~Helen Keller

Peeking out

Sitting snugly between the layers of a flowering plant sat a little spider, intently peeking out.  Momentarily, it ducked behind the layers and out of sight.

“Let’s all take a moment and be thankful that spiders don’t fly.”  ~Unknown