We enjoyed seeing several great egrets out hunting on flooded land that lies near the Mississippi levee. Their snowy white feathers really stood out against the bright yellow butterweed growing in the fields.
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon
Flying among the tall grass along the levee were the red-winged blackbirds. Stopping to perch atop tall stems, the male, with his bright shoulder patches, would occasionally puff up his wings and belt out a loud song.
The female, the less showy of the two with her streaked brown feathers, was quieter and more likely to be overlooked.
“Blackbirds are the cellos of the deep farms.” ~Anne Stevenson
The landscape along the Mississippi levee was ablaze with the beautiful, vibrant colors of a variety of wildflowers this past weekend. No matter which direction you looked, the scenery was breathtaking.
“Spring is a whimsical wanderer, blooming beauty along her path”. ~Angie Weiland-Crosby
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
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
Turtles soaking in the sun along the Mississippi River and Reelfoot Lake.
“Spring has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” ~W. Earl Hall
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