The armadillo

Probably due to poor eyesight, this armadillo seemed oblivious to our presence as we sat and watched him forage along the ground for food.  He used his sharp sense of smell to sniff out prey and his strong claws, pointy snout and long tongue to dig and pull them up.  On this particular day, juicy worms seemed to be the preferred choice of grub.

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~Napoleon Hill

Clearing out

We finally had a couple of days of sunshine before Easter and were able to get out on some of the back roads to view nature.  The theme of our drive seemed to be “animals hightailing it out of sight”, as many of the animals were skittish and in a hurry to make a quick retreat.

“Timing has a clear and loud voice.  At the right time, step out and the sound will be heard by all.”  ~Daniel Evans

Backward glance

We stopped to let this Red-eared Slider cross the road along the Mississippi levee.  When it was safely across, it stopped and gave us a backward glance as we passed by.

“There are those who pass like ships in the night, who meet for a moment, then sail out of sight with never a backward glance of regret;  folks we know briefly then quickly forget.  Then there are friends who sail together, through quiet waters and stormy weather, helping each other through joy and through strife.  And they are the kind who give meaning to life.”  ~Unknown

Red-tailed Hawk

A couple of Red-tailed Hawks  — one sitting high atop a tree along a quiet country road, and the other soaring overhead in a secluded area near Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge.

“Each life needs its own quiet place.”  ~Melody Beattle