Last Saturday, I went to Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee for a little eagle viewing with photography friends. We saw some eagles, but they were so far away it was pretty tough to get a decent shot of them without a much longer lens. It was still a great day though. We hit the jackpot with the weather. The rain stayed away and the temperatures were warmer than they had been in a while. Perhaps the wildlife was as happy as we were about the weather because the critters were very active around the cold blue waters of the lake.
It was fun to spend the day shooting with fellow photogs, but it was equally as fun just enjoying the blessing of nature’s beauty. I have definitely become my mother because driving around the countryside all day looking at trees, animals and old houses and barns has become a favorite pastime. And the trip to Reelfoot was a great reminder of the diversity of the landscape in this part of the country. The fried fish I had at Boyette’s at lunch was pretty good, too.
We saw a blue heron devour a snake (no photo for me, I was on the wrong side of the car), a mass of green headed mallards, a batch of bashful coots and the best moment of the day, hundreds, maybe thousands of snow geese taking flight. Even if I hadn’t gotten a picture of that, it was something special to see.
Here are some shots from the day. Oh, and be forewarned. Apparently, I have a fascination with the bottoms of cypress trees. Get out and see the world. It’s pretty cool, even in the winter.