Final journey

For many years, the Illinois Central carried passengers through West Tennessee on its journey between Chicago and New Orleans.  Watching the trains pass through our small town, as a child, is a little piece of local history that I recall fondly.   Sadly, these two old passenger cars, sitting on the side tracks at a local scrap metal recycling facility, have made their final journey.  Somehow, I can’t help but wish that they had met a kinder fate.

Life is like a journey, taken on a train
With a pair of travelers at each windowpane.
I may sit beside you all the journey through,
Or I may sit elsewhere, never knowing you.
But if fate should make me sit by your side,
Let’s be pleasant travelers; it’s so short a ride.

Great Egret

“Calmness is the graceful form of confidence.”  ~Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Red-Winged Blackbirds

A male and female Red-winged blackbird sitting in a marshy area near the Mississippi River.

The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man.  ~ Charles William Beebe

Clothed in white

White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.  God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.  ~G. K. Chesterton

Northern Flicker

I saw this stunning bird sitting in the yard using her curved bill to dig for insects in the ground.  Though I was quite thrilled with my encounter, others didn’t share my enthusiasm.  I was told that while beautiful, flickers can also be a nuisance —  pecking holes and doing damage to both trees and houses.

“I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made the judge.”  ~Herman Melville

Young sparrow

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”  ~Barbara Johnson