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White-Eyed Vireo, A Pair of Chickadees and a Chipmunk

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Every action ripples across the Universe to recreate the future. ~ Lee Hiller

Along each trail Nature reveals her spring secrets… A pair of Chickadees collecting greens for their nest, a glorious White-Eyed Vireo, a lovely Chipmunk, Pearl Crecent Butterfly and Wildflowers.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Hello Spring!

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My Soul seeks to see life through the lens of Nature’s perspective. ~ Lee Hiller

I love early morning light in the Forest.  Slowly rising the sun awakens a sweet song of life which echos across the Tree tops.  A song to my Soul as I move gently along the trails in Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Unfurling Spring Leaves and Wildflowers

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Nature shares the wisdom of the Universe with all who listen. ~ Lee Hiller

I am a giddy child in the beautiful Forest of unfurling spring Leaves.  Like delicate hands they reach out to touch the rays of the sun in silent prayer.  High above me an unfamiliar song echos along the trail.  I look up for my first sighting of a tiny Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.

Nature is waiting for you…

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

A burst of Spring Leaves and Wildflowers

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We blossom in the light of our Dreams. ~ Lee Hiller

Nature is unleashing her spring pallet to create an ever changing landscape.  Each day I loose myself in the transformation of the tallest Trees lining the trails and the sprouting of the tiniest Wildflowers spreading out along the Forest floor. Close your eyes, abandon the constraints of form and feel Spring.

Love to ALL!
Lee

The Bumble Flower Beetle

HSNP Upper Dogwood Trail Bumble Flower Beetle

HSNP Upper Dogwood Trail Bumble Flower Beetle

I am embarrassed to say when I saw this lovely insect moving along the Forest floor my first thought was “Oh it looks like a drunken Bumble Bee”.  Thankfully when I got home it became clear when viewing the photographs on my computer it was a wonderful Beetle”.  After combing through the Google links/images for “furry beetle”, “fuzzy beetle” and “Arkansas Beetle”  I spotted an image associated with a blog called “What’s That Bug?“.  Their site provided the following information “This Scarab is a Bumble Flower Beetle, Euphoria inda”.  Nature is the best classroom at any age, there is something new to learn during/after each hike!

Love to ALL!
Lee

HSNP Upper Dogwood Trail Bumble Flower Beetle

HSNP Upper Dogwood Trail Bumble Flower Beetle

The Elusive Tiny Flying Zebra of the Forest

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When you Free your Soul to the song of the Forest Nature transforms your Heart. ~ Lee Hiller

It is is difficult to blend into the Forest when you are a flying Zebra. They blend with ease into the bare Tree limbs awaiting the opening of the leaf buds poised on the tips of each branch.   As the bare winter Trees are painted in spring leaves their black and white will diminish as the perfect camouflage.   The tiny Black and White Warbler is as beautiful to the eyes as it’s song is to all who listen with their Heart.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Happy Spring 2014 – Sparrows Dance of Life

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I went in search of the last delicate pink Cherry Blossoms of 2014 in the Historic District of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Recent storms battered the pink blooms and buds before they were all completely open. What I discovered instead was a lovely dance of life.

The city is nestled in the middle of Hot Springs National Park so the urban Wildlife often migrates between Tree lined streets and Forest trails.  Beautiful House Sparrows have nests in many of the historic building near the double row of the glorious Japanese Cherry Trees.

Searching the storm ravaged Trees for the last of their spring blossoms I discovered a female Sparrow among the sparse pink.  As I was taking her photograph she bowed slightly and a male landed on her back.  The balance did not hold and he flew to another branch.  Seconds later he again landed on her back and they performed a successful “cloacal kiss” (How Birds Mate).  I witnessed at least 5 successful attempts before he flew off to his own branch higher within the Tree.  Their mating was a beautiful acrobatic coupling (see youtube posting below that includes both stills and video).  Witnessing the creation of life is always a wonderful way to begin spring.

Love to ALL!
Lee

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