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

Morning glories

I like to go walking in the morning when the morning glories are in full bloom.  They are one of the little wildflowers that always seem to make my heart feel glad.

“Love the simple joys of life that put a smile upon your face, a light in your eyes and happiness in your heart.”  ~Unknown

Moth and Partridge Peas

I spotted several of these moths fluttering among the partridge peas on our country road.  They were such small, light colored moths that I wasn’t sure they would photograph well, but was pleasantly surprised at the detail the camera was able to pick up.

“The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events.”  ~Jim Jarmusch