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

Goldenrod and Soldier Beetles

In autumn, the landscape is dotted with the vibrant golden-yellow blooms of goldenrod, a wildflower that grows in fields and along roadways.  One insect that is commonly attracted to goldenrod is the goldenrod soldier beetle, or Pennsylvania leatherwing.  Adult soldier beetles feed on the pollen and nectar, and forage along the flowers for insect eggs and aphids.  The flowers also serve as a place for them to meet and mate.

“There’s something about autumn that wakes up our senses and reminds us to live … ”  ~Unknown

Breaking out in song

The sunsets this past week have really been beautiful.  They inspire me to walk out into God’s great cathedral and praise Him for His goodness.  Occasionally an old song that I didn’t even remember that I knew, will well up.  The other night, I found myself singing this old Disney song, “Johnny Appleseed (The Lord is Good to Me)”.  Whether it was out loud, or just in my head, I’m not sure, but it described well my feelings at the time.

Oh, the Lord’s been good to me.
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, the rain and the appleseed;
Oh, the Lord’s been good to me.
~ Kim Gannon and Walter Kent

Watchful calves

One of my favorite parts of our country road walk is getting to see the young calves out grazing in one of the fields that we pass.  They always stop, and seem to be watching with such interest as we pass by.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”  ~Robert Fulghum

Common buckeye

There were a number of buckeye butterflies fluttering about the tall grass that was growing along the Mississippi levee.  Occasionally they would alight for a short rest (and a photo) before continuing on their way.

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”  ~Unknown

A deer in the soybeans

This deer was grazing in a soybean field near Big Sandy Unit Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.  She raised her head to watch as we drove by.

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”  ~Lorraine Anderson