“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau
I find it very difficult to capture hummingbirds, but nonetheless, I recently camped out by the feeder and tried my best. We have ruby-throated hummingbirds here, and most of them are females. One flew right up to me and hovered very near my face. I wish I could have captured that.
By Harry Hibbard Kemp
The sunlight speaks. And it’s voice is a bird
It glimmers half-guessed half-seen half-heard
Above the flower bed. Over the lawn–
A flashing dip and it is gone.
And all it lends to the eye is this–
A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.
The sudden appearance of mushrooms after a summer rain is one of the more impressive spectacles of the plant world. (John Tyler Bonner)
These popped up overnight in our garden.
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Rain during the past few days has brought refreshing temporary relief from our drought and also encouraged our rose bush to bloom once more…
It also reminded me for the first time in years of the song Roses After the Rain, written by my ex brother-in-law and recorded by country music singer Ricky Van Shelton. I found my copy of the demo tape (literally a cassette tape) and wanted to record it on SoundCloud so I could upload it to this post. The demo tape is by an unknown studio singer and is much nicer than the actual recorded version by Van Shelton. However, none of the old cassette players in our house work anymore. So here is the Van Shelton version in which, in my humble opinion, he massacred the melody and made the original almost unrecognizable. The lyrics, which were written by my ex brother-in-law William Lavelle Burnette, remain the same (thank goodness).
Painted on the floor of the Stovall Mill Covered Bridge in White County, Georgia
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Rocky Face Sunrise
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