The White-marked tussock moth caterpillar is easily distinguished by its red head, black stripe down the center, four white tuffs near the front and two red dots toward the back. Though its bright colors make it pretty to look at, it is best to avoid any contact, as its stinging hairs can cause an irritating rash.
“Our best decisions are often what we choose not to get involved in.” ~Doug Cooper
“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.” ~Ancient Indian Proverb
This past weekend we saw a beautiful rainbow where both ends extended down and “appeared” to touch the ground. Unfortunately, no pots of gold.
“My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man … ” ~William Wordsworth
Recently, we came upon this rabbit that was leisurely nibbling away on lush, green grass along the roadside. He seemed to have a preference for the tenderest and tastiest blades, and was carefully using his nose to graze along the ground in search of a delectable afternoon snack.
“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
~ C. S. Lewis
This Ruby-throated hummingbird looked content sitting on his perch in one of the bushes in our backyard. He would dart away to chase another hummingbird or get a drink from the feeder, but would soon return to his lookout on the same small branch.
“Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life’s ordinary day-to-day pleasures …” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I saw this whimsical Blue-Eyed Grass growing along the banks of the Hatchie River. Though it has grass-like foliage, it is actually a member of the Iris family. When each flower finishes blooming, it leaves a small round seed pod which resembles a tear.
“The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson