The White Pelicans are back

The White Pelicans are once again back to winter at Reelfoot Lake.  From the boardwalk, we were able to watch as they glided gracefully through the water.  Every so often, they would dip their heads underneath the water and scoop a fish up into their large yellow bills.

“Sometimes you need to unplug and enjoy nature’s company.”  ~Unknown

Out on the lake

Recently, my husband and I decided to get a canoe.  On Labor Day weekend, in humid 93 degree weather, we took it out on its “maiden voyage” on Reelfoot Lake.  There was a nice breeze out on the lake and the scenery was beautiful.  I definitely think I’m going to like canoeing — especially on cooler days.

“Maybe it won’t work out.  But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”  ~Unknown

An abundance of snakes

While walking around the boardwalk at Reelfoot Lake, we came upon a large number of water snakes that were swirling ferverishly in the water.  We were not sure at the time what we were witnessing, but have since found out that it was a breeding or mating ball.  In the spring, female snakes put off a pheromone scent which attracts males.  The male snakes then track the female, and a breeding ball occurs when there are many males competing over the same female.  In these photos, the female is the largest snake.

And since pictures don’t do the situation justice, here is a short video clip that gives a better idea of what a breeding ball looks like.

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”  ~Alfred Hitchcock

Going fishin’

We spotted this Great Blue Heron along the Reelfoot Lake spillway.  Its mind was singly focused on one thing — catching lunch — which it promptly did, and swallowed whole.

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”  ~LL Cool J

Surrounded by snow and ice

After a wintry cold spell, we once again visited Reelfoot Lake this past weekend and were amazed by the beautiful ice and snow formations surrounding the cypress trees.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?  And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'”  ~Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)