A drive along the levee

A leisurely drive along the Mississippi levee at this time of the year never disappoints.  One of my favorite sightings this month was several Ruby-throated hummingbirds darting in and out among the red clover.  We sat and watched their playful activity for some time.  No photos, but clear, beautiful images in my mind.

“Memory … is the diary that we all carry around with us.”  ~Oscar Wilde

Side by side

While driving along the Mississippi levee, we spotted these two eagles sitting contently together in the trees.

“Contentment is a state of the heart, unaffected by outward circumstances.”  ~Crystal Paine


Due to heavy rains, the Mississippi River recently overflowed its banks and went beyond the tree line.  These photos were taken on the levee near Tiptonville, TN.


Rain water also encroached on the land surrounding Reelfoot Lake.  This brought some animals in closer than they might usually come.

“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it …”  ~Song of Solomon 8:7

Mississippi River at Memphis

On a recent trip, flying in and out of Memphis, our plane briefly took us along the path of the Mississippi River.  It was fun seeing an aerial view of the area.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”  ~John Lubbock

Black-necked Stilt

I spotted this lovely Black-necked Stilt strutting around on its long, slender pink legs in some wetland not far from the Mississippi River.  It was quite focused on its task of foraging for food.

“I dressed and went for a walk – determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer.”  ~Raymond Carver

More tows

Tows spotted along the Mississippi River near Tiptonville, Tennessee

“The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci