Because of the hot and humid weather, one of our favorite walking times is around dusk, when the temperature is cooling down. One of the benefits of walking at this time is that it is an active time for deer, which prefer to feed during low-light hours. Occasionally, we spot one that has come out of the woods to forage on corn, soybeans, and in this case, sunflowers.
“The real world, in my opinion, exists in the countryside, where Nature goes about her quiet business and brings us greatest pleasure.” ~Fennel Hudson
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
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
“Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.” ~Max L. Forman
I enjoy walking the trails around Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge and seeing the plant and animal life there. The woods are filled with the sound of the leaves rustling in the trees and birds calling back and forth to each other. My favorite forest sound is that of a loud barred owl resonating somewhere off in the distance.
“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“You may seem alone but you are not, for there are always eyes watching you. All the wildlife of the woods, the insects, birds, and animals, are well aware of your presence no matter how softly you may tread, and they follow your every move although you cannot see them.” ~Thalassa Cruso
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ~Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
“The very secret of life for me, I believed, was to maintain in the midst of rushing events an inner tranquility.” ~Margaret Bourke-White