Wild Passion Flowers

This is the time of year that Tennessee’s state wildflower, the Passion Flower, can be  found growing wild by the roadside or in fields and woods.  The vines run along the ground or climb up trees and fences, and produce beautiful lavender flowers and greenish-yellow fruit.

The things you are passionate about are not random.  They are your calling.  ~Fabienne Fredrickson

Keeping cool

It’s been a hot summer, and these blue dragonflies at Reelfoot Lake were trying to keep cool.  In order to stay cool during hot weather, dragonflies raise their abdomens straight into the air to reduce their exposure to the sun.  They also use their wings to deflect the sun.

“He who keeps his cool best wins.”  ~Norman Cousins

Feeding time

In the above photo, the deer was feeding out in the back of a soybean field in the middle of a hot afternoon.  The photo below was taken at dusk — a cooler time when the light is low and deer are usually more active.  We rounded the bend in a road and could see several grazing on vegetation off in the distance.

“Your mind will always believe everything you tell it.  Feed it faith.  Feed it truth.  Feed it love.”  ~Unknown

Sitting by the road

This little rabbit looked content sitting in a shaded white clover patch beside the road.

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”  ~Jane Austen

Field of sunflowers

One of the fields near our house is growing a crop of sunflowers this year.  Immature sunflower buds turn their heads during the day to track the motion of the sun (heliotropism).  Generally, by the time they mature and their heads become heavier, they face the east in order to catch heat from the early morning light.  The majority of the sunflowers in this field are facing east, but there are still a few that appear to be “looking around”.

“Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it.  And that’s such an admirable thing.  And such a lesson in life.”  ~Helen Mirren