Barn swallows on a line

“The real world, in my opinion, exists in the countryside, where Nature goes about her quiet business and brings us greatest pleasure.”  ~Fennel Hudson

Enjoying the sunshine

These are only a few of the turtles that we saw when we recently drove around Oneal Lake in the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Great Crested Flycatcher

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A Great Crested Flycatcher sitting on a branch in the top of a bush.

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”  ~William Arthur Ward

Eastern Chipmunk

Scavenging beside the road, this chipmunk was pretty single-minded in his quest to find a snack.  He stopped periodically to size me up, and then got back to his task.

“Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night’s repose.”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Sweet sparrow family

I’ve enjoyed watching this little family of house sparrows fluttering around the backyard this week.  Right now, the baby birds are sticking pretty close to the mother  even though they are big enough to pick up the sunflower seeds themselves.  You can tell the babies from the mother by the yellow lines around their mouth.

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”  ~Emily Dickinson

Butterweed

“A kind word is like a Spring day.”  ~Russian Proverb

Face to face

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While out for a walk on our country road, I suddenly came face to face with a startled rabbit.  He was frozen in his tracks and was sitting like a statue with one eye intently gazing at me.  Clearly, he had not expected this encounter.  After sizing each other up, I proceeded forward, and the rabbit took off like a shot.

“Courage is facing your fears.  Stupidity is fearing nothing.”  ~Todd Bellemare

Summer Tanager

I saw this bird sitting in one of our bushes yesterday.  It flew in, took a quick look around and flew away.  It is a new one to me, but I believe it is a female Summer Tanager.
When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten,
Fresh violets open every day,
To some new bird each hour we listen.
-Lucy Larcom