Turtle watching

As a small child, one of my favorite parts of going to Reelfoot Lake was seeing the turtles lined up on the logs along the roadside and out in the lake.  Nothing has changed.  This is still one of the highlights of my visits.

“There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush.  Everybody should be free to go slow.”  ~Robert Frost

Green Frog

A Green Frog sits on the stem of an aquatic plant, waiting patiently for his next meal to come along.

“Time’s fun when you’re havin’ flies.”  ~Kermit the Frog

Hang on

We spotted these dragonflies on a walking trail at Reelfoot Wildlife Refuge.  There were a number of them congregating in the sunny spots along the trail.

“Luck consists largely of hanging on by your fingernails until things start to go your way.”  ~Aaron Allston

Muskrats

Shortly before dusk, a muskrat came swimming across the lake toward the boardwalk at the refuge.  As it swam about in the shallow water, foraging on aquatic plants, it joined in a chorus of high-pitched squeals with a couple of other muskrats that were swimming nearby.

“Talking to your best friend is sometimes all the therapy that you need.”  ~Unknown

Golden sunset

This is one of my favorite places to watch the sun set at Reelfoot Lake.  On this day, as I watched the lake reflect the golden color of the sky, two eagles which had previously gone undetected suddenly took flight.  It was all quite a lovely sight and a free gift for the taking.

One midnight, deep in starlight still,
I dreamed that I received this bill:
… Five thousand breathless dawns all new;
Five thousand flowers fresh in dew;
Five thousand sunsets wrapped in gold;
One-million snow-flakes served ice-cold;
Five quiet friends; one baby’s love;
One white-mad sea with clouds above;
One hundred music-haunted dreams
Of moon-drenched roads and hurrying streams;
Of prophesying winds, and trees;
Of silent stars and browsing bees;
One June night in a fragrant wood;
One heart that loved and understood.
I wondered when I waked at day,
How—how in God’s name—I could pay!”
~ Cortlandt W. Sayres

Reflections

A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.  ~Henry David Thoreau

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