Testing the nest

A young sparrow discovered a wire nest in one of my metal yard ornaments and was trying to decide whether to test it out or not .  She timidly stood on one side of the nest, gave it some rather deep contemplation, then hopped right in.  However, it didn’t take long to decide that it was an awkward fit for her, and off she flew.  One of the children’s books that my granddaughter and I enjoy reading together is “The Best Nest” by P. D. Eastman.  I guess that this was NOT the best nest for this little bird.

“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”  ~Brian Tracy

Moth and Partridge Peas

I spotted several of these moths fluttering among the partridge peas on our country road.  They were such small, light colored moths that I wasn’t sure they would photograph well, but was pleasantly surprised at the detail the camera was able to pick up.

“The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events.”  ~Jim Jarmusch


A few of the different butterflies that I’ve seen in our area recently.

“It’s the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it’s the little differences that make them interesting.”  ~Todd Ruthman


Dragonflies spotted around the area of Reelfoot Lake, Lake County, Tennessee.

The dragon-fly is dancing,—
      Is on the water glancing,
      She flits about with nimble wing,
      The flickering, fluttering, restless thing.
Besotted chafers all admire
      Her light-blue, gauze-like, neat attire;
      They laud her blue complexion,
      And think her shape perfection…
~Heinrich Heine, “Die Libelle” (The Dragonfly)

Photobombed by a squirrel

Recently, while out for a walk, I spotted a rabbit sitting quietly in some grass.  I was in the process of taking a few photos of the bunny, when a gray squirrel unexpectedly came bounding into view.  I guess he was interested in having his picture taken too.  🙂

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”  ~Marc Riboud