Great Blue Herons

We spotted these blue herons standing in the floodwaters of Reelfoot Lake.  Due to excessive rain during the past two months, the lake, which is usually out beyond the tree line, has spilled over its shores.

“Don’t pray for the rain to stop; pray for good luck fishing when the river floods.”  ~Wendell Berry

Signs of spring all around

A recent leisurely walk in a wooded park on a warm, sunny afternoon revealed ample evidence that springtime is finally here.

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want — oh you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain

Cedar waxwings

For the past several days, a small flock of cedar waxwings have been sunning themselves in the bushes in our back yard in the late afternoon.  They seem to want to soak up every bit of sunshine that they can before the sun sets and the temperature drops.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens