Cloud Reflections

Clouds reflecting in the still waters of Reelfoot Lake.

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection.  From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”  ~Peter F. Drucker

Draped in ice

The trees and plants along Reelfoot Lake were once again covered in glistening ice this past weekend.  The beautiful detail and artistry in the rows of hanging ice structures made it look as if the trees were covered in fancy gowns of intricate lace.  Icicles tucked among the plants along the bank reminded me of musical notes written like a song along the ground.  Ice has a way of making everything look magical.

“God is as great in minuteness as He is in magnitude.”  ~Unknown

Looking for eagles

On a recent trip to the Reelfoot area, we were able to spot several eagles.  The first one we saw was sitting on a log out in the lake.   It was keeping an eye on a flock of ducks that was swimming nearby.

 

Then we drove to the Mississippi levee and saw an eagle sitting in a tree near a large nest.

 

Further on down the levee, we spotted two eagles sitting in the same tree.  One was near the top of the tree and the other was more concealed, sitting on a lower branch.

No matter how many times you see them, it is always a joy to observe these beautiful birds.

“We live in a beautiful and wonderful world … and the more you know about it the wiser and the better you will be.”  ~Louisa May Alcott

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