Building through rural farmland

Progress is being made on a segment of Interstate 69, also known as the NAFTA Superhighway, through part of Northwest Tennessee.  When completed, it is expected to foster commerce with Canada and Mexico and help connect the area to other interstates.  These photos show machinery, which is being used in road construction, parked between a corn field and a soybean field as the sun goes down at the end of the day.

“If you do not like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”  ~Dolly Parton

Drawn to the lantanas

Enticed by its sweet smelling nectar, these butterflies could not resist the bright, beautiful blooms of the lantana plants.

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.”  ~Helen Keller

Peeking out

Sitting snugly between the layers of a flowering plant sat a little spider, intently peeking out.  Momentarily, it ducked behind the layers and out of sight.

“Let’s all take a moment and be thankful that spiders don’t fly.”  ~Unknown

The White Pelicans are back

The White Pelicans are once again back to winter at Reelfoot Lake.  From the boardwalk, we were able to watch as they glided gracefully through the water.  Every so often, they would dip their heads underneath the water and scoop a fish up into their large yellow bills.

“Sometimes you need to unplug and enjoy nature’s company.”  ~Unknown

The sunflower

The sunflower — one of my favorite flowers.  These beauties were growing in a garden at a resort on Reelfoot Lake.  They really seemed to be attracting the bees and goldfinch.

Always remember the sunflower
Whose face looks toward the sun.
She drinks his beauty in her face
And like him she becomes …
~L. Gayle Orf

Gray Treefrog

I was sitting outside watching the hummingbird activity around the feeders, when suddenly a little gray treefrog seemed to come sailing out of nowhere into view.  It landed on the stem of one of my rose bushes, where it sat very still, hoping to blend in with its surroundings.

“Sometimes the best place to be is nowhere to be found.”  ~Unknown