Occasionally during the summer a climbing milkweed vine will spring up in our backyard and cover another already established plant. Though considered a problem weed, sometimes I allow it to stay around for a while because I enjoy observing the variety of native insects that are attracted by its strongly scented, tiny white flowers and sappy stems.
“Leave part of the yard rough. Don’t manicure everything. Small children in particular love to turn over rocks and find bugs, and give them some space to do that …” ~Richard Louv
One of my favorite parts of our country road walk is getting to see the young calves out grazing in one of the fields that we pass. They always stop, and seem to be watching with such interest as we pass by.
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ~Robert Fulghum
Sometimes when I’m out walking in the backyard, this common little toad will jump out of its hiding spot in the grass and surprise me. I’m guessing that it has a nice secluded spot under our porch where it goes to stay cool during the heat of the day.
“Nature poets can’t walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany.” ~Christian Wiman
You never know what you’re going to see while strolling around the boardwalk at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Here are some shots that were taken back in June and July.
… Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again …
Some of the weathered barns that can be found in the rural countryside of West Tennessee, each from a different time and exhibiting its own unique character.
“Old places have soul.” ~Sarah Anderson