An unexpected guest

This pine warbler made a quick stop at my feeder one day this week.  Though not one that I had seen around before, his bright color and cheery trill were most welcome.

“Always remember to set a place at the table of life for the unexpected guest.”  ~Linda Ellerbee

Stuck in summer

According the weather man, our area is stuck in summer this week, with temperatures remaining in the 90’s.   But that can’t keep a girl from dreaming about cooler autumn days to come.

“Summer and fall waltzed to the wind in a stolen sweet romance.”  ~Angie Weiland-Crosby

A Serene Scene

A walk along the boardwalk at the Grassy Island portion of the Reelfoot Lake Wildlife Refuge revealed a serene scene as a great blue heron stood statuesque in the shallow water, awaiting his next meal.

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

Insects

I saw fewer insects in my flower garden this summer than I have in the past.  The sweet autumn clematis and climbing milkweed vine, which usually teem with a variety of insects, seemed still and quiet.  However, around the lake, the insects were more visible.  Maybe because of the high heat and humidity that we’ve had, they, like me, have sought a cooler spot to pass the day away.

“How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?”  ~Walt Disney

Barred Owl

Several evenings while out walking, I could hear the loud, clear call of a barred owl off in the distance across a field.  This evening, I spotted a large bird soaring along from tree to tree on the road up ahead.  I walked quietly to the last spot where I saw it land, and was excited to see its large eyes looking back at me through the branches.

“But the owls themselves are not hard to find, silent and on the wing, with their ear tufts flat against their heads as they fly and their huge wings alternately gliding and flapping as they maneuver through the trees …”  ~Mary Oliver

Hovering around the flowers

Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright red color of the cardinal flower.  From these delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers, the hummingbird receives sweet nectar.  In return, the cardinal flower depends on the hummingbird for pollination.

Across the downs a hummingbird
Came dipping through the bowers,
He pivoted on emptiness
To scrutinize the flowers.
~Nathalia Crane