Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rattlesnake Saloon, June 30, 2015

Rattlesnake Saloon, Colbert county, Alabama, USA, June 26, 2015
The Rattlesnake Saloon is a unique family-style restaurant built in the mouth of a cave near Tuscumbia, Alabama (1292 Mt. Mills Road).  If you don't like the idea of eating in a cave, there is an indoor dining room available.  The food is delicious - a dozen or so different sandwiches with chips, fries, onion rings, or potato salad. Beverages are soft drinks, tea or coffee; beer is available after 5:00pm. Oh, I almost forgot the appetizers.  We tried the 'snake eyes and tails' - fried sliced jalapeno peppers and fried green beans.  Yummy!

There is a short (but steep) walkway from the parking lot down to the restaurant, or you can take the free 'Saloon Taxi' down the hill and back up again.


Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Wildflower, June 29, 2015

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, June 25, 2015
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Have a Wonderful Week!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Vultures for Saturday Silhouettes, June 27, 2015

Turkey Vultures, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, June 8, 2015















Two vultures got into a dispute over who gets to sit at the very top of a dead tree. The third vulture looks like he is about to fly away and leave them to it.

I don't usually post twice on the same day, but Nick has a brand new meme, Saturday Silhouettes, and I wanted to get in on the ground floor, so to speak.

Have a great week-end!

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June Bugs, June 27, 2015

June Bugs, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, June 25, 2015


















Wikipedia describes June Bugs as New World Scarab Beetles, and adds that there are over 260 species.  They are very common here in the southeastern United States.  I don't know why they often have one leg stretched straight out. 














The plant they are eating is Wisteria (it will recover magnificently - nothing kills Wisteria here).

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Milkweed Rescue, June 26, 2015

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, June 25, 2015

On Tuesday we went to lunch at a local diner, and on the way back home we saw the highway department mowing machines slowly moving along our road.  Near our house a milkweed was blooming in the road ditch.  We knew we had to act fast!  When we got home, we grabbed a shovel and a bucket and walked to where the milkweed was growing. We dug it up (with as much dirt as possible) and toted it home just in time!  We found a sunny spot in our yard, set it out, and watered it well.  I'm not sure exactly which milkweed/butterfly weed it is - it really doesn't matter.  I am just hoping it will survive being dug up and transplanted while in full bloom.

Hope you are having a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wild Birds and Wildflowers, June 24, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildflower Wednesday, and Wednesday Waters

Wild Bird Wednesday
Great Blue Heron, Lee county, Mississippi, USA










I enjoy watching and photographing Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias).  They are such beautiful, elegant, graceful birds.  Their large size means they are easy to see and easy to focus the camera on, and they stand completely still for minutes at a time.   So much easier to photograph than all those small birds that constantly flit around!

Wildflower Wednesday
Butterweed, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, April 27, 2015

















Butterweed, Packera glabella, is a tall (knee-high or more) wildflower that grows in much of the eastern United States.  It prefers wet soil and lots of sun.














It blooms from Spring to mid-Summer (April/May here in Mississippi). An identifying characteristic is its hollow stem.
















Small bees and flies visit for nectar and pollen.  The plant itself is poisonous, causing liver damage.  Deer, rabbits, and other wild animals seem to know to avoid it, but it has been reported to cause poisoning in domestic livestock that eat it.

Wednesday Waters
Tennessee River in northwest Alabama, USA, June 14, 2015








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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly, June 20, 2015

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, June 18, 2015

I think this is Limenitis arthemis astyanax  Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly.


It was enjoying the Butterfly Bush Buddleia at my house on Thursday morning.


Most of the red spots are on the undersides of the wings. The top sides are a deep purple with shades of blue around the edges.  So pretty!

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