Insects on Bur Marigold

Bur marigold attracts many insects which enjoy the nectar and pollen from their flowers.  The beautiful yellow flower heads can be seen in September and October growing in sunny or partially shady wet areas.

“For observing nature, the best pace is a snail’s pace.” ~Edwin Way Teale

Chicken of the woods

These bright orange mushrooms, which were growing in clusters on a dead tree,  immediately caught my attention as we drove down a winding, wooded road.  Known as ‘Chicken of the Woods’, these edible, wild mushrooms fit in perfectly with all the other beautiful colors of autumn that we are seeing.

“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Bald eagle

Walking along the boardwalk at the Reelfoot Wildlife Refuge, we spotted a Bald eagle sitting near the top of a cypress tree a short distance away.  It was keeping a close eye on a number of coots which were swimming among the vegetation out in the lake.

“Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul.” ~Malcolm Forbes

A Serene Scene

A walk along the boardwalk at the Grassy Island portion of the Reelfoot Lake Wildlife Refuge revealed a serene scene as a great blue heron stood statuesque in the shallow water, awaiting his next meal.

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

Azolla

On a recent trip to Reelfoot Wildlife Refuge we noticed that the Azolla, a floating fern which grows among the duckweed, had turned a reddish-brown color.  The leaves of this freshwater aquatic fern really seemed to “pop” when hit by the bright sunlight.

“You stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas .”  ~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