Dining coots

On our last visit to Reelfoot Lake, we spotted a number of coots swimming close to the water’s edge, foraging for food.  On that day, they were pulling aquatic plants and small fish from the shallow waters.

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti

Hiding in plain sight

At times, the squirrels in our backyard are a flurry of activity as they chase each other around the pine trees and search for seeds under the feeders.  At other times, they rest quietly among the branches, attempting to blend into their surroundings and remain concealed.

“The best place to hide is in plain sight.”  ~Edgar Allan Poe

A curious raccoon

Most raccoons that I have encountered in the past have turned and headed in the opposite direction.  This raccoon, however, ambled right toward us.  I’m guessing he was hoping for a handout.

“The land comes alive through its wild creatures.”  ~Charles Fergus

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