Soaking in the pool

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We have had very little rain here during the month of September, so most of the puddles and creeks are drying up.  Desiring to find a nice wet place, this toad decided to take a swim in the kiddie pool in our back yard.   My presence didn’t seem to faze it in the least as it soaked in the water and enjoyed the afternoon sun.

“It’s easy to let days fly by without taking notice to the world around you. Life is beautiful. Soak it in, think about it and be grateful.”  ~Unknown

Common Garden Spiders

Two Black and Yellow Garden Spiders standing guard over a swampy area of Reelfoot Lake

“Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”  ~Peter Marshall

September wildflowers

I enjoy all the different colored wildflowers blooming along the roadside and in the fields during September.

“Those who see a different color, or hear a different note, or imagine a different story, have given the world its greatest gifts.”  ~Linda Poindexter

Common Buckeye

I am always thrilled when I come upon a Buckeye.  It is my favorite among the butterflies.  I like the colors and the bold pattern of the eyespots which are thought to frighten or distract predators.

“I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.”  ~Unknown

More tows

Tows spotted along the Mississippi River near Tiptonville, Tennessee

“The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Northern Flicker

A Northern Flicker dropped by this morning to get a quick drink of water from our bird bath.  This isn’t a bird that I normally see in our backyard, so it was a treat to get a glimpse of him.

… to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.   ~John Burroughs

Living among the duckweed

Some of the flora and fauna living around the duckweed at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”  ~David Attenborough