Still Standing Strong

Since our house faces the west, we get to see some beautiful sunsets when we step out on the porch in the evening.  Between our house and the sunset stands a tree.  There was a time when it was a pretty tree with two long, full branches and companion trees standing at its side.  However, at least a couple of times over the last few years,  straight-line winds have come through and done major damage to parts of the tree and taken out some of the other trees.  Still, today, the tree is thriving, and continues to stand strong in the foreground of many a sunset photo.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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)

Growing strong

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There’s something comforting about looking out across the field and seeing the strong, towering arms of the oak trees stretching heavenward.  Their strength and beauty often serve as a source of wonder and inspiration for me.

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”  ~Peter Marshall

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Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater

A walk in the woods

I enjoy walking the trails around Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge and seeing the plant and animal life there.  The woods are filled with the sound of the leaves rustling in the trees and birds calling back and forth to each other.   My favorite forest sound is that of a loud barred owl resonating somewhere off in the distance.

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”  ~Henry David Thoreau