Venturing out

His presence given away by the clear, loud notes of his song, at first this little prothonotary warbler tried to stay hidden, moving about in the shadows of the low foliage at the edge of the lake.  Eventually, his desire to forage brought him out into the open, as he actively hopped from branch to branch in search of insects.

Here, he ventured out to sun and preen himself on the boardwalk.

“Keep not standing fixed and rooted.  Briskly venture, briskly roam.”  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Viceroy

We saw these viceroy butterflies flitting about in a garden close to the lake.  Similar to the monarch in appearance, one way to distinguish the viceroy from the monarch is by the visible black line that runs across its hind wings.

“Butterflies … flowers that fly and all but sing.”  ~Robert Frost

Swallows and water lilies

We drove to Reelfoot Lake to see the water lilies and got the added bonus of watching a swallow family that was hanging out around the water’s edge.

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On their journey

Every spring, a flock of cedar waxwings stop by to feast on holly berries in our neighborhood.  They are sociable birds, feeding cooperatively and often seen sitting together, lined up on tree branches early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  After a few days, when the berries have been plucked from the bushes, the waxwings continue their nomadic journey in search of other food.

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”  ~ Izaak Walton

Winged things

A few of the “winged things” that I have taken photos of during the summer.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Stopping by the cemetery

Because we were close by, my husband and I decided to make an unplanned stop at a little country cemetery that we help maintain.  We were quite surprised when we drove up and saw a red fox standing right in the middle of it.  While we watched, the fox appeared to be foraging for food as it strolled to the back of the cemetery and out of sight.

“Expect the unexpected.  Life is full of wonderful things just waiting to surprise you.”  ~Unknown

Getting away

It was nice to get away recently and spend a few days relaxing with family at Chickasaw State Park.   The park is a rustic place, not too far from home, where one can be out in nature enjoying walking trails, picnics, camp fires, and a variety of lake activities.

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”  ~Earl Wilson