We came upon this barn on one of our country road excursions back in January. For me, there’s something about seeing an old barn that instantly transports my mind back to the people and fond memories of my childhood — a quick glimpse of times past that makes my heart smile.
“At the end of the day all that matters is love and memories so make sure you give it and make sure you make them.” ~Trent Shelton
This past weekend, the rich colors of October were beautifully on display in the harvested produce of Green Acres Farm in Milan, Tennessee.
“My favorite color is October.” ~Unknown
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis
When I first arrived at the boardwalk, I could see this heron at a distance out past the trees. I thought that my presence might spook him and cause him to fly away. Instead, to my amazement, I saw him take flight, settling in a spot closer to where I was standing. As I watched, he casually snatched a couple of tiny fish out of the water. Then he remained in his chosen spot, watching me as I walked up and down the board walk.
“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.” ~Aristotle
Fall soybean harvest is in full swing, as evidenced by the dust clouds that can be seen throughout West Tennessee. Farm families call it “money”. Others might call it “the reason it does no good to wash your car in the autumn” and “the reason the throat feels tight and allergies have kicked up”. Once the soybeans dry out, a combine comes along, cutting and pushing the plants into the combine and collecting the seeds. It then discards the chaff out the back. The whole process results in a boat-load of dust and debris being kicked up into the air where it can be seen for miles around. And, as Isaac Newton said, “What goes up must come down”. Fortunately, “This, too, shall pass”. Soon, harvest time will be over, the dust will settle, and once again life in the country will return to normal.
“Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.” ~Mario Burata
“Aye, I’m tellin’ ye, happiness is one of the few things in this world that doubles every time you share it with someone else.” ~Sir Harry Lauder
As you drive along the country roads of West Tennessee in the late summer and autumn, you are likely to see a burst of pale bluish-purple wildflowers growing along the way. The Mistflower grows in clusters, and its fluffy-looking flowers are magnets for butterflies, moths and other insects which are attracted to its nectar.
“There are many things in life that will catch you eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.” ~Michael Nolan
One of the spiders that I have seen frequently this summer and fall is the female Black and Yellow Garden Spider. She is conspicuous because of her large size and bright color pattern. Her orb web is also large in size, sometimes reaching up to two feet. The web is normally decorated with a white zigzag band of silk near the center where the female can often be seen waiting patiently for or enjoying her prey.
“The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.”
~ Alexander Pope
This spot at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refugee is one of my favorite places to stand and listen to silence, intertwined with the occasional sweet sounds of nature.
“In mid-wood silence, thus, how sweet to be,
Where all the noises, that on peace intrude
Come from the chittering cricket, bird, and bee,
Whose songs have charms to sweeten solitude.”
“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.” Matt Bevin