..exploring this great big world, one click at a time


Testing out a post using the Firefox add-on "Scribefire". I'm gonna stick to a theme here and use one of my favorite getaway spots as the point of interest. Reelfoot Lake
Let's add an image...

Just gorgeous! (this is not my photo..just using the "add from Flickr" option)

What else can this thing do.. lets add a video from YouTube shall we? The video doesn't show in the live preview. I hope it shows in the end result.

Reelfoot Lake History

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A Little Island Life

It’s been over a month since our vacation to Jekyll Island, Ga. but the memories are still lingering in my mind. I could live on that island very easily. It’s laid back, teeming with wildlife and the locals are pleasant, down-to-earth people. Yes one could imagine getting away from it all in a place like that. As the sweltering sun beams down upon us here in the south, my mind takes me back to the shores of Jekyll and if I put my hands over my ears, I can almost hear the ocean bellowing me back.

The little 3 legged deer in the back is a frequent visitor around the golf courses of Jekyll Island. I forget what the locals have named her but her story is a sad one. She was almost lunch for an alligator and left with a back leg that dangled for awhile until it dropped off and left her with nothing below the knee joint. But she’s continued to thrive in her environment and even gave birth after that to a single fawn. She’s a trooper!


Driftwood Beach….one of the many aspects of Jekyll Island that soothes the soul. Even the birds seemed to be in their own little world here as they flew in one by one and lined the beach looking out towards the ocean.

Driftwood Beach


On the river-side of the island sits Glory Beach. It’s not ideal for swimming like most parts of the island but it is a perfect place to “get away” and just BE. It also has a history. The Civil War movie “Glory” was filmed here in the mid 80’s and in order for the movie crew to access the beach with equipment, they needed to build a boardwalk. The boardwalk passed through a variety of vegetation and natural habitats and was the only thing left behind by the crew.

Little Cumberland Island sits off in the distance here. It’s home to only a handful of people and only accessible by boat. It’s also home a quaint little lighthouse built in the 1800’s. See more information here.

Glory Beach

Thank you for letting me share a little piece of paradise with you. :)

Cumulus Amongus

Today has been like any other day lately..hot and very humid. We did have a chance of storms last night but in rolled a little thunder and lightning and the show was over before any rain hit the ground. Tonight looked like we were going to get more of the same, a little thunder in the distance and some lightning flashing across the sky. Once again no rain well, but what appeared in the sky was just breathtaking.

Cloud & trees

I had to get a better look..

Cloud Closer

And maybe a little bit closer still…


The backyard was just covered in dragonflies tonight too. You can see a few of them on the left side of the picture above. They almost look like birds in the distance.

On the way back in I noticed how bright the moon was and took one parting shot before heading back in..away from the mosquitoes that sounded like small airplanes around my head!


“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Butterfly Love

Silvery Checkerspots

A pair of Silvery Checkerspots ..getting it on. Love must be in the air around here!

Is it just me of is anyone else seeing more butterflies this yr than in years past? I can probably count the butterflies I saw last yr on my fingers and toes but this yr, they’re everywhere. I’m not complaining though!

What butterfly visits your yard more frequently than any other? For me it would have to be this one. The yard is filled with them during midday and they’re a pleasure to see sitting atop the Black-Eyed Susans.

It’s a Small World

I’ve been posting through the Blogger editor. Today I’m using Windows Live Writer. I haven’t opened WLW since I left Spaces so we’ll see how this goes.
A stroll through the yard today led to smaller things. Things we normally pass right by without so much as a glance. Sometimes searching the small things helps us understand just what a great big world it is out there.
Meadow Grasshopper hiding in the weedsCricket
Red Admiral Butterfly & guestP1180762
Eggs of the Leaf-Footed Bug..like drops of gold on a sea of green.P1180769 
These little guys resembled June Bugs but they were smaller and I’ve never seen June Bugs gather like this. No clue what they were doing but I felt like I was interrupting so I moved on.
*note* A friend ID'd these as Japanese Beetles. TY Georgia!
Then there was this little guy who I couldn't identify. Anyone care to ID him? P1180753
“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.”  ~Bill Vaughan

Summer Heat

It's Summer.. and it's HOT. Is it just me or do our Summers get warmer every yr? Is it Global Warming at it's worst?? We've been back from the beach a month now and my toes are getting antsy for some sand and water again. I had hoped to visit Natchez Trace SP today and do some swimming in the lake but thunderstorms are beginning to pop up around us. I won't complain too much because our area needs some rain.

So how does one forget about the heat until she can float adrift on an open lake again? She takes pictures. 

Moe &  Larry enjoying a little sunshine on the side of the pond.

While Curly watches from below

Yellow Blossoms

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."  ~James Dent

Burgess Falls

A friend and I decided to take a day trip to Middle Tn to hike some trails, do some photography and just "get back to nature". We opted for Burgess Falls State Park. The weather was very warm but not as hot as some of the days we've had in West Tn. lately. Who'd have thought we could spend 4 hrs in the park?? It was simply breathtaking.
Hubby, the kids & I, had made the trip years ago but it was nice to spend the day with a nature-nut like myself. We made a side trip to Rock Island SP and got a few shots in before the darkness gave way and we headed back home. Rock Island holds a special place in my heart. We've been camping there twice and it feels like home.
Tennessee is beautiful eh?

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