Draped in ice

The trees and plants along Reelfoot Lake were once again covered in glistening ice this past weekend.  The beautiful detail and artistry in the rows of hanging ice structures made it look as if the trees were covered in fancy gowns of intricate lace.  Icicles tucked among the plants along the bank reminded me of musical notes written like a song along the ground.  Ice has a way of making everything look magical.

“God is as great in minuteness as He is in magnitude.”  ~Unknown

Northern Cardinals

When I go out to feed the birds in the morning, I am often stopped in my tracks by the sound of chirps and fluttering wings as cardinals seem to appear out of nowhere and descend on the bushes surrounding our yard.  They know when feeding time is, and ready themselves to claim their share of the bounty.  I’ve come to look forward to their beautiful flashes of red and all the activity that surrounds feeding time!

“Stop.  Look.  Listen.  You are surrounded by countless little blessings but you’ll miss them is you don’t pay attention.”  ~Ruth McPherson 

Looking for eagles

On a recent trip to the Reelfoot area, we were able to spot several eagles.  The first one we saw was sitting on a log out in the lake.   It was keeping an eye on a flock of ducks that was swimming nearby.

 

Then we drove to the Mississippi levee and saw an eagle sitting in a tree near a large nest.

 

Further on down the levee, we spotted two eagles sitting in the same tree.  One was near the top of the tree and the other was more concealed, sitting on a lower branch.

No matter how many times you see them, it is always a joy to observe these beautiful birds.

“We live in a beautiful and wonderful world … and the more you know about it the wiser and the better you will be.”  ~Louisa May Alcott

Azolla

On a recent trip to Reelfoot Wildlife Refuge we noticed that the Azolla, a floating fern which grows among the duckweed, had turned a reddish-brown color.  The leaves of this freshwater aquatic fern really seemed to “pop” when hit by the bright sunlight.

“You stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas .”  ~Unknown

Sandhill Cranes

A good way to begin the New Year is a drive to Hop-In Refuge to see the Sandhill Cranes which winter there.   Harvested farmland provides a good source of food and water for the cranes and other types of waterfowl which gather there.

“Today is the first blank page of a 365-page book.  Write a good one!”  ~Brad Paisley

Seeing yellow

Leaves aren’t the only yellow to be seen in autumn.  Here are a few others that I came across during September and October.

“It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character.  Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.  With yellow the eye rejoices, the heart expands, the spirit is cheered and we immediately feel warmed.  Many people feel an inclination to laugh when looking through a yellow glass.”  ~Johann von Goethe