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Why I hate the 2015 Budweiser Superbowl Puppy Ad

Wolf Budweiser Myth And Reality

Wolf Budweiser Myth And Reality

Everyone is raving about the 2015 Budweiser Superbowl Ad.  Cute Puppy plus noble Clydesdale Horses, what’s not to like? Right?  This commercial also shows a snarling Wolf as the villain and perpetuates the evil Wolf myth. Budweiser, I HATE your commercial!  Wolves are being hunted and murdered because of the “Big Bad” Wolf myth.

In April 2010 I was out for a very early morning hike in the Forest.  Movement on the trail across a ravine got my attention.  In the low light it appeared to me a dog was on its own also enjoying a morning hike.  In approximately 5 minutes we would likely pass one and other so I stowed my camera, waited at the trail bend and got in a crouch position.  My goal was to catch him and find his family.

I am unsure who was more surprised, myself or the Wolf that came around the bend. Only feet away my brain said, “Oh look a beautiful Wolf”.  The Mexican Grey Wolf tilted its head and I imagined it thinking “Oh look a Human.” We looked at each other for about a minute and then he turned on the trail and gracefully leaped over several logs heading down into the ravine.

The Wolf did not snarl, growl or adopt an aggressive stance even though we had both been surprised.  Curiosity on both our parts lead to no feeling of fear apparently for either of us.  I was low to the ground staring at eye level hand out with my palms up.  We were alone if the beautiful Wolf had wanted to attack me there would have been no one to help.

Shame on Budweiser for perpetuating the “vicious always ready to attack” Wolf myth.

Love ALL Beings!
Lee

Rainbow Clouds in the Valley Of The Vapors

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Rainbow Clouds

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Rainbow Clouds

Rejoice in the darkest clouds, they bring life to the earth and all her beings with each drop of rain. ~ Lee Hiller

A long long time ago in what is now called Hot Springs National Park the hot springs Bubbled freely.  Unconstrained by man the vapors rose high above the mountains and valleys creating a rainbow vale. Sometimes when the spring pressure becomes too great stream rises from vents throughout the park to reveal a glimpse of the once great rainbow vale dancing among the clouds and weaving through the Trees.  I feel blessed to have captured photographs of this beautiful display on several occasions.

The rainbow clouds are gentle reminder we were not the first to explore the beauty of Hot Springs National Park… but we are the first Beings to constrain her healing beauty for profit.

Story Of Manutaka
“For thousands of years, this magnificent site was the gathering place of many nations. Tribal leaders and spiritual elders made pilgrimages to the Great Ma-na-ta-ka Mountain to sit in great councils with many tribes. Some came every seven years, others came every eleven years, and others made the journey more frequently depending on local custom.

Tribal leaders prayed and made peace offerings to the Creator, the Great Manataka (Place of Peace) Mountain and each other. They danced and sang around huge campfires in the narrow valley situated between the Manataka mountain and her sister mountain, today called North Mountain. Her other sister mountain, today called Indian Mountain stood guardian to her east. Daughters of the first nations gathered rare medicinal herbs found in great abundance in a large area surrounding Manataka in the shape of a circle. Their sons found precious clear crystals, gold, silver, pyrite, and whetstones.”

Love to ALL!

Lee

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Rainbow Clouds

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Rainbow Clouds

Shadows of Winter

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Shadows of winter weave through the sleeping sentinels.  A tapestry of light painting trails and illuminating those leaves yet to succumb to the gravity of autumn.  I feel the hope of spring within the silent slumber of my forest friends. Their beauty forever etched on my Heart in the embrace of winter’s Love.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

Messages of Love from the Forest

HSNP Gulpha Gorge Tree Heart

HSNP Gulpha Gorge Tree Heart

Open your Heart to the Trees as they hold messages of Love from the Universe.

Love to ALL!
Lee

HSNP Gulpha Gorge Tree Heart

HSNP Gulpha Gorge Tree Heart

Little Birds Preparing for Winter

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I had never considered a Tufted Titmouse to be a big bird until I saw a Carolina Chickadee trying to gain Tree territory.  The tiny Chickadee was fast as it dove into the hollow Tree occupied by the Titmouse.  After out maneuvering its bigger rival the little Chickadee landed on a branch near my shoulder and sang a lovely song.

Across the trail a White-Breasted Nuthatch searched for morsels in the Tree bark.  It worked silently in the morning light for its breakfast. All the little birds have begun their winter preparations.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Glittering Rain Drop Jewels in the Forest

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Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) has hard smooth leaves that gradually turn from green to varying shades of coral and red in the autumn and winter.  They are prolific throughout Hot Springs National Park providing beautiful year round color. A late night rain followed by a clear morning sky created a beautiful jewel like effect on the Heavenly Bamboo Leaves. Glittering spheres illuminated by the rising morning sun made the leaves appear to be jewel encrusted.  Nature’s Bling ;-)

Love to ALL!
Lee

Carolina Wrens Dancing in the Fog

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I am rarely able to get close to Carolina Wrens when hiking in Hot Springs National Park.  Nature had a lovely surprise for me this morning on the fog draped trail. Two (maybe 3) Carolina Wrens were dancing on stumps, in snags and on limbs several yards ahead of me.  A hop to face left, a hop to face right, sing and repeat.  After a slow approach to see if I would be accepted into their space I had to stop. Not because they seemed ready to flee, but because they weren’t.  Although it was clear by the direct eye contact I had been seen this foggy morning they did not fly away.  I have on a few occasions had wild birds approach me, but never skittish Carolina Wrens.  It was a beautiful gift to be this close.

Love to ALL!
Lee

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