Saturday, September 16, 2017

Red Tailed Hawk

The very size and stature of the Red Tailed Hawk, these masterful birds of prey, almost demands you stop and watch them when you spot one. I captured this one percched high up on a pole peering down at a field, as I was on my way to visit the marshes on Walter Davis Boulevard in norhwest Nashville last Summer. While there wasn't much activity going on in the marshes that day, this guy was buzzing around the parameter.

I like the way he's balancing himself on his one leg. He looks intent in his search for his prey not even giving me a glance. Although there isn't a major hurricane or flooding from the rain of one bearing down on one of our Gulf states, there is Hurricane Jose hanging out not too far off the mid Atlantic and New England states. It'll make its way up the coast brushing along the shores bringing rip tides and windy surfs. Hopefully that will be the extent of it. What a hurricane season this has been. And we still have a way to go. The damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida has left years of rebuilding in its wake. Not to mention the Caribbean Islands. I pray for all of those people. Have a good weekend all. Stay safe out there. ENJOY!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Oooh, Scarecrows

The past few years I have visited Cheekwood Botanical Gardens here in Nashville during their Fall Fest activities. Their out of this world Scarecrow display situated in the Turner Seasons Garden was a hoot both in 2015, and was even better in 2016. Here's a little flashback to wet your whistle should you decide to create your own scarecrow for your yard. What a hoot and oh, so cute. I have two favorites. Can you guess? OK, I'll tell. I love the scarecrow with the pumpkin head and pigtails and I love the country musician with the hat and guitar. They are both my favorites. Hope you enjoyed this look back at some of the best of the best scarecrows from the Fall Fest at Cheekwood. I'm going to try and take in the exhibit for 2017. Can't wait. And to those Floridians suffering from Hurricane Irma, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. ENJOY!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mushrooms, Toadtools & Fungi

Bracket Fungi, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

As I drove the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in early August, I stopped repeatedly along this one lane winding road to capture the flora and fauna I saw along the ground and in the trees. Mushrooms, Toadstools and Fungi were thriving all along this route due to the especially rainy past few weeks. No doubt fuel for these species.

Large Mushroom, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail winds its way around the mountainside. On this section of the tour, there is a major drop off on the left and on the right your car is literally hugging the side of the mountain. You can basically open your right side windows and take photos of the ground cover. These large Mushrooms were growing right up next to the mountainside in a clump.

Black Tooth Fungi, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

This Black Tooth Fungi was growing around some moss along the road. It was so perfectly formed and had such a nice white ring around the edge. What a vivid black hue.

Toadstool, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Keep in mind the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a temperate rain forest, as is all of the Southern Appalachian Mountains of southwestern North Carolina and southeastern Tennessee. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trails takes visitors through one of the wettest areas of the park. Evidence of the rain forest climate is especially evident in this area with moss covered rocks and boulders in and around the river itself. Conditions you won't find as plentiful in other areas of the Smokies. Perhaps this is why this area of the park was spared during the wildfires last year. A wonderful weekend is coming up with sunshine aplenty. Back soon. ENJOY!

Monday, September 4, 2017

White Tailed Deer, Sander's Ferry Park

A few weeks ago I encountered two White Tailed Deer fawns grazing on the lawn at Sander's Ferry Park in Hendersonville while two bucks devoured the low hanging branches of a shrub nearby. Today I happened upon the same family hanging out in almost the same location at the park.

The park is a mere five minutes from my home and sits on the southeast side of one of two peninsulas separated by Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville. I enjoy driving to the park as the main road runs along residential neighborhoods on the west side and several marinas on the east.

I believe this buck is the matriarch of the family. When he gives the cue everyone takes off in unison. No doubt I will encounter this family again. Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. ENJOY!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fall Color Preview

Fall is my all time favorite season of the year, devoid of all the holiday hustle and bustle. Yet, it brings pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. Apple cider and hayrides, and pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and haunted houses too. We decorate our humble abodes with pumpkins and squash, hay bales and corn stalks, and pine cones and acorns. Right in the midst of the fever pitch, comes Halloween with ghosts and goblins and hooligans too. That one special night brings us ugly witches with scary spells, hairy pirates with long black swords, and fire breathing dragons and demons and more. 

Just when you think the season is nie, Thanksgiving arrives. The leaves have fallen, heaped high on the curb. The air has turned to a crispier chill. It's Thanksgiving Day with a feast to thrill. Turkey and dressing and casseroles galore. Pumpkin pie just so sweet and hot mugs of cider, what a treat. Fall, how I love thee. 

These images are from Fall's past taken throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. From along the scenic byways, deep within the wildlife refuge and forest, and high up on the mountains. Fall will soon be upon us. ENJOY! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Before the Rain

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey will arrive Wednesday afternoon to drench Tennessee with 4-5 inches of rain. I thought I would share a little Sun beforehand from one of the many Sunflower images I captured earlier in the Summer at Batey Farms in Murfreesboro. Take care all, stay safe and dry as best you can. Prayers to those in Texas. ENJOY!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Blue Smoke of The Smokies

No matter what you try to do to tone down the blue smoke from photos of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, there's no getting rid of it. That blue smoke gave the national park its name. So as I see you off for a wonderful weekend, here's a little 'blue smoke' from my recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For those of you along the Texas coast, prayers and thoughts go out to you and I hope you evacuated to stay safe from Hurricane Harvey making landfall today. ENJOY!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Americans all across our great United States are outdoors right now looking at a partial or total eclipse of the Sun. At 1:27 pm today, I viewed a total solar eclipse of the Sun here in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Needless to say, these photos do not do it justice.

There are no words to describe this event other than to say it was out of this world. Sorry for the pun. ENJOY!