Wild berries

“Each season has its own wonder, it’s own special place, and purpose in the pattern of creation.”  ~Unknown

Eastern Bluebirds

One afternoon while I was out walking, I saw a small group of bluebirds foraging for insects.  They sat in bushes and low limbs of trees waiting, and then dropped to the ground to capture their prey.  Their beautiful blue color really made them stand out against the neutral colors of the landscape.

The bluebird, famous for the scrap of sky
Borne on his back – an indigo so bright
That just a glimpse of his distinctive flight,
All swoop and flurry, captivates the eyes
and makes us smile …

~George Bradley

Lovin’ Fall

But I think I love Fall most of all …

I really enjoy the pumpkin farms and fall festivals that October brings — and the cool, crisp, clear weather that we’ve had this month has made them all the more enjoyable.  Here are a few shots from a West Tennessee October.

“Scarecrows, corn rows, pumpkins on the vine.  Leaves curl, wind swirls, Fall is right on time.”  ~Unknown

Autumn butterfly

This Question Mark butterfly blended in well with the fallen autumn leaves lying  beside our country road.

“… [Summer’s] spirit lives on in the flittering Autumn butterfly, the warmth of the waning sunlight and in the last lingering flower on the vine.”  ~Linda Poindexter

Soybean harvest

When you see the dust clouds hanging in the air, you know it is harvest time in Tennessee.  Here are a few photos from this year’s soybean harvest.

“Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.”  ~Douglas William Jerrold

The Wily Coyote

Though I sometimes hear distant group howls late at night — a sound that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck and sparks instant fear in the eyes of the family dogs — it is rare that I see one out in the open during the daytime.  This coyote crossed the road in front of our car and quickly made its way to the back of an open farm field.

“Good reputation is the first requirement for a trickster.”  ~Unknown

Listening to the squabble

The Blue Jays started quite a loud squabble in my neighbor’s back yard.   This robin, wanting no part of the falling-out, quickly cleared out of the way.  She came flying across our back yard and found a branch up high in one of our pine trees to listen and wait out the commotion.

“Pick your battles. You don’t have to show up to every argument you’re invited to.” ~Mandy Hale

Sights around the boardwalk

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Scenes from around the Cypress Boardwalk at Reelfoot Lake State Park.

I thought I would also share a bluegrass song that explains some of the history of Reelfoot Lake that you can enjoy along with the photos.

“The Days the Earth Would Not Stand Still” performed by Ralston Station
Words and Music by Larry Holder Copyright © 2011 (Larry Holder Music, ASCAP)