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