Old barns

I probably need a bumper sticker that says:  “I break for barns”.  I love the old barns that dot the landscape around West Tennessee.  Many of them were built on farms that operated in the early to mid-1900’s, and are no longer being utilized.  Most of these old structures, which richly add to the character of the landscape, are now in various stages of disrepair.  It is sad to see these buildings of the past deteriorate and crumble, and forever change the ambience of the countryside.

“I always sort of swooned at the sight of the classic barn structures … where everything seemed rustic and weathered and made to age gracefully.”  ~Richard Dean Anderson

Best foot forward

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Some squirrels don’t like having their photo taken.  I liked this little squirrel’s attitude.  He decided that if he was going to have his picture taken, he was going to put his best foot forward and show his good side.

“Work hard, love what you do, put your best foot forward and never forget the kid in you.”  ~Derek Jeter

Watching the pelicans

Despite the overcast skies, we recently headed to Reelfoot Lake in hopes of seeing the white pelicans.  After looking for them in all the usual places, we finally found them at our last stop of the day.  It quickly became obvious that we weren’t the only ones watching them.  We spotted five eagles sitting high atop the trees — perhaps hoping to pick off a wounded pelican as easy prey.  Unfortunately, the grey day changed to a light drizzle, and then to rain, and our time of watching the pelicans came to an end.

“We could all take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.”  ~Unknown

Sun dogs

A sun dog seen in the sky near our house in November.

“There are people who can achieve huge success in life, while adding a bit of fun and a splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.”  ~Peter James

Female Ruby-throated hummingbird

It’s been quiet in our backyard since the hummingbirds headed south for the winter, with their flurry of activity being sorely missed.  Here are a few photos taken shortly before they headed out.

“Goodbye?  Oh no, please.  Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?”  ~Winnie the Pooh