Exploring Nature One Step At A Time

A Quick Hike In Between the Storms with Forest Friends

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A dark morning awaits me as one storm finishes and another is not far behind.  The skies darken as I head up Hot Springs Mountain. In the half light I can see beautiful blue Asiatic Dayflowers are painting the trail edges. A Spider Wasp is crawling across the trail seeking it prey.  At the base of a Tree on the Peak Trail bursting forth from the moist ground are small beige mushrooms.  On the Mountain top I connect with Hot Springs Mountain Trail as the clouds briefly part revealing rays of sunshine.

I decide to move quickly around the Mountain  as the weather has been so unpredictable the past few days.  As I come full circle around the mountain morning light has crested the Trees revealing song birds along the promenade.  I spot my first House Finch peering at me from the a branch to my right.  The lovely red on its head and chest is a contrast to the drab olive of the rest of its body.  It is a wonderful first time encounter.

As I am preparing to head out of the park a Mockingbird appears on the fence post above me.  I can see it has something for breakfast in its beak.  Taking a step forward in an effort to catch more light for my photography I move slowly so as not to scare it away.  Instead of moving away the Mockingbird flies over to the bush next to me to show off its morning catch.  I am blessed to have so many wonderful Forest friends.

Best therapy in the world is time in Nature…
Love to ALL!

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One response

  1. Sure love this blog and wish I could have seen the finch and of course the mockingbird showing off his raw food diet! Looks SOO tasty. Maybe next time. Love ur DH Rickx0x0x

    July 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

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