Because of the hot and humid weather, one of our favorite walking times is around dusk, when the temperature is cooling down. One of the benefits of walking at this time is that it is an active time for deer, which prefer to feed during low-light hours. Occasionally, we spot one that has come out of the woods to forage on corn, soybeans, and in this case, sunflowers.
“The real world, in my opinion, exists in the countryside, where Nature goes about her quiet business and brings us greatest pleasure.” ~Fennel Hudson
We saw these viceroy butterflies flitting about in a garden close to the lake. Similar to the monarch in appearance, one way to distinguish the viceroy from the monarch is by the visible black line that runs across its hind wings.
“Butterflies … flowers that fly and all but sing.” ~Robert Frost
We drove to Reelfoot Lake to see the water lilies and got the added bonus of watching a swallow family that was hanging out around the water’s edge.
“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every spring, a flock of cedar waxwings stop by to feast on holly berries in our neighborhood. They are sociable birds, feeding cooperatively and often seen sitting together, lined up on tree branches early in the morning or late in the afternoon. After a few days, when the berries have been plucked from the bushes, the waxwings continue their nomadic journey in search of other food.
“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” ~ Izaak Walton
A few of the “winged things” that I have taken photos of during the summer.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~Leonardo da Vinci
Back in the spring, while my grandkids were visiting for spring break, we took them to a nearby animal park. One of the highlights of the trip for me was seeing the beautiful peacocks. They were really putting on a show the day we visited.
My personal favorite was the white peacock handsomely tailored in his dazzling, snowy plumage which was highlighted in great delicate detail.
Then came the exotic Indian peacock, looking all snazzy in his colorfully embellished plumage attractively displayed for all to see.
Also making a bold statement was the female peahen, all dolled up and sashaying about, showing off her best sides,
followed by this pied white peacock, all gussied up in his ornate colors of great daring and originality.
Each peacock had a look of their own, making for a most enjoyable show.
“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” ~Harry Winston