Wild Passion Flowers

This is the time of year that Tennessee’s state wildflower, the Passion Flower, can be  found growing wild by the roadside or in fields and woods.  The vines run along the ground or climb up trees and fences, and produce beautiful lavender flowers and greenish-yellow fruit.

The things you are passionate about are not random.  They are your calling.  ~Fabienne Fredrickson

Queen Anne’s Lace

Presently, our country road is lined in places with rows of Queen Anne’s Lace.  The beautiful white wildflowers give the roadside a magical appearance.

… Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
And the Queen Anne’s Lace!
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

A good day for a hike

 

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The sky was a little overcast, but the temperature was perfect for a hike in the Reelfoot Wildlife Refuge.  Along the way, signs of spring were intermingled with the leaves of the past autumn.  The sound of birds chirping and an owl hooting could be heard in the distance.  As we passed a stranger on the path, his greeting summed up my feelings perfectly — “It doesn’t get much better than this!”  No, it certainly doesn’t.  🙂

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”  ~Unknown

The dance

After viewing a series of photos that I took of this butterfly back in October, I decided to post them in animated motion.  The butterfly looks very graceful as it dances around the flower gathering nectar.

“Do a loony-goony dance ‘cross the kitchen floor.  Put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before.”  ~Shel Silverstein

Autumn butterflies

Even though cooler weather has arrived, several butterflies are still lingering around, tempted by a variety of wildflowers that are currently in bloom.

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life, and everyone deserves a little sunshine.”  ~Jeffrey Glassberg