Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

corleyfoto surprise

Quite a few years ago, we spent a week at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. We stayed in a sort of bed and breakfast that was actually a converted assistant living facility that went belly-up. I wasn’t at all thrilled with the accommodations as I’m one who likes to have my privacy when I’m just chillin’. But a great surprise to me was that where the lodgings were located, we had a fantastic view of the sunset each evening.

Reelfoot Lake,  is a shallow, natural lake, situate in the northwest corner of Tennessee in Lake and Obion Counties. It was formed after the 1811 New Madrid Fault earthquake which was the largest earthquake recorded in the United States east of the Rockies. (Thank you Wikipedia!)

Another plus for me, a genealogy fan, I located my long-lost great, great grandmother in Obion County in 1880. After much searching through census records, I was able to find her under her misspelled name of Daufield, instead of Lacefield. Just goes to show, you never know what surprises you will find if you keep looking!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

Lone fisherman Reelfoot Lake Tennessee

I have to admit that I’ve seen the word “muse” used many times and although through context I was able to have at least a partial understanding of its meaning, I’ve never known its exact definition. “A source of inspiration” according to the dictionary definition. My muse, the source of my inspiration, is all around me. I see it in the green of the grass, the colorful leaves on the fall trees, the spring flowers blooming in the field, the warm glow of the setting sun; in a fisherman sitting in solitude on the bank of the river.

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