Crossing the Road

What is a turtle who has taken up photography called? Snapping turtle. 🙂

This past summer, on two different occasions, we came upon snapping turtles as they cautiously emerged from the cover of green grass and made the trek from one side of the country road to the other.

The first turtle stopped to bask in the sun for a while before continuing its journey across. Then it strolled through the grass, took a dive into a water-filled ditch, and disappeared.

The second turtle strolled down the road for a short time and then headed for a ditch and into a wooded area.

Later in the summer, while out walking, we found a baby snapping turtle that was sitting in the middle of the road.  Afraid that it might not make it to its destination safely, we carefully helped it across the road in the direction that it was headed.

Snapping turtles are fascinating and always fun to watch from a distance.

Once you’ve committed yourself to something, pace yourself to the finish line. ~Meb Keflezighi

Fleeting Light

The final moments of golden light before the shore faded into the shadows of night.

“You know that great pause that comes upon things before the dusk, even the breeze stops in the trees. To me there is always an air of expectation about that evening stillness.” ― H. G. Wells

Eagles on the Levee

What a joy to watch the eagles as they busily go about life along the Mississippi River.

“I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.” ~Edmund Burke

Construction Work

There’s something mesmerizing about sunlight shining on a spider web.  The light accentuates its intricate structure and dimension.  You can’t help but admire the hours of work and beautiful details.

“For a construction job done right, get a spider to do it.” ~James MacDonald

Monarch Butterfly and a Potter Wasp

This Monarch butterfly seemed content sharing the same flower clusters on this climbing vine with a Potter Wasp.

“It’s up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now—and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we’ll be happy.” ~Joanna Gaines

Autumn Day on the Lake

A beautiful, cloudless autumn day out on the lake. The needles of the Cypress trees are turning a rich orange-brown color, adding to the beauty of the landscape.

The water level was the lowest that I’ve ever seen it. You can tell by looking at the lines on the base of some of the Cypress trees where the water level normally is.

“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.”  ~George Eliot

New Every Day

I never tire of looking toward the west to see the lighting, shapes and colors which combine to create a unique masterpiece in the evening sky.

“How great is it to live under a sky that is repainted every day by the greatest artist.” ~Unknown

White Pelicans

A few shots of the White Pelicans that have migrated to Reelfoot Lake.

“A lot of guys like to go to the beach and bring a crowd, but not me. I like to be alone and out there with a couple of pelicans.” ~Robert Englund

Green Tree Frog

This Green Tree Frog found a cozy leaf on which to snuggle up and blend in among surrounding lake vegetation.

“When I’m home, I like a cozy, comfortable, calming space.” ~Stacy Keibler