We first knew that the pelicans had returned to our area in September when we saw a large flock of them flying high over the Mississippi River.
In early November, we were able to see them more closely and enjoy their beauty at Reelfoot Lake.
“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” ~Louis Schwartzberg
Some sunny days have helped to accent the autumn leaves which are now popping in vivid yellows, oranges and reds. This past week has been a great time to get out and enjoy the beauty that nature has on display.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~Lauren Destefano
The white aster is in full bloom and attracting many insects including honey bees, wasp and butterflies. These are some of the butterflies that we saw while out enjoying the autumn flowers and sunshine.
“The aster has not wasted spring and summer because it has not blossomed. It has been all the time preparing for what is to follow, and in autumn it is the glory of the field …” ~Henry Ward Beecher
I saw this silver and bronze-looking mushroom standing alone, glistening in the sun in a wooded area along the Mississippi River. At first it looked like someone had placed a shiny metal lawn ornament in the middle of the woods. I had to touch it to see if it was real, which it was. My best guess is that it is a member of the inky cap family. After their spores mature, their gills begin to decompose from the bottom up, turning into a black liquid which resembles ink. Then the mushroom cap begins to curl up, placing the spores in an ideal position to catch the wind and disperse. It’s strange to think that the magical colors of this mushroom are the result of decay.
“Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.” ~Vincent van Gogh