R is for River - The Tennessee River flows 652 miles (1,049 km) through Tennessee and parts of Alabama and Kentucky to empty into the Ohio River. Numerous dams along the way generate electric power and create lakes for fishermen and water sports enthusiasts to enjoy.
|Tennessee River, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, May 4, 2015|
Upriver from Pickwick Dam, the Tennessee River widens to form Pickwick Lake
Water World Wednesday
|Great Blue Heron, May 4, 2015|
On the downriver side of Pickwick Dam, a Great Blue Heron prepares for takeoff.
And away he goes to catch his dinner.
Wild Bird Wednesday
On the electric power structure high above Pickwick Dam, an Osprey built a nest. When I first saw the nest back in February, I thought it was an eagle's nest. Now we know for sure - Osprey.
|Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, May 4, 2015, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA|
The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds describes the Osprey as "a large, long-winged 'fish hawk.' An Osprey searches for fish by flying and hovering over the water, watching the surface below. When prey is sighted, it dives steeply, its talons outstretched, and splashes into the water." Hopefully when it emerges it has a fish to eat!
Here are a few more signs from the Cancer Survivors camp that I went to in April.
The camp was at Fellowship Christian Retreat at Crow's Neck near Tishomingo, Mississippi.
|Fellowship Christian Retreat, April 25, 2015|
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