“Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.” ~Horace
This red-bellied woodpecker unexpectedly came racing across the back yard and landed with a plop upon our bird feeder. I watched as it casually enjoyed a snack of sunflower seeds and then retreated to the top of a pine tree for a little exploration.
“The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation of acquaintance.” ~Fanny Fern
A leisurely drive along the Mississippi levee at this time of the year never disappoints. One of my favorite sightings this month was several Ruby-throated hummingbirds darting in and out among the red clover. We sat and watched their playful activity for some time. No photos, but clear, beautiful images in my mind.
“Memory … is the diary that we all carry around with us.” ~Oscar Wilde
I was able to get some photos of a pair of Dickcissels in the tall grass along the Mississippi levee. The female was quite the poser, but the male was more cautious and tended to stay hidden among the grass. These “s” can be found in our area from early May to August.
“Thus hand in hand through life we’ll go;
Its checker’d paths of joy and woe
With cautious steps we ‘ll tread.”