Exploring Nature One Step At A Time

Tiny Beauties along the Trails in the early Morning Forest

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This morning was beautiful so my husband Rick and I decided to head out early and enjoy the cooler morning temperature.  As we neared North Mountain I spotted small dark blue Asiatic Dayflowers.  I saw very deep blue bloom and discovered it had a third petal that was white with blue edges. A wonderful anomaly!  After I finished taking my photographs I noticed a Tufted Titmouse watching me from a downed branch.

We headed up North Mountain on the Floral Trail as the sun began to rise above Hot Springs Mountain.  In the early morning light I saw tiny yellow St. Andrews Cross blooming on the trails edges.  Further across North Mountain on the Upper Dogwood Trail a tiny Chipmunk was hopping on rocks and branches looking for breakfast. As we turn to continue hiking my husband points out the purple berries of Callicarpa (American Beautyberry Gallon Plant) glistening in the early light.

Lovely teeny tiny white Flowering Spurge are glowing along the Hot Springs Mountain Trail.  The delicate white flowers have a green center with yellow stamens and they are a welcome sight in the summer Forest.  We stop and rest at our mountain wedding chapel on the Honeysuckle trail, it is always a place of joy.  Near the bottom of the Floral Trail a pretty purple Butterfly Pea is in full bloom. As I am photographing it Rick points out a lovely little rock nestles in pine needles.  A gentleman in a Hawaiian shirt passes us on the trail and we wonder if he is part of a new Jimmy Buffett hiking club (he passes us gain as we head home on Central Ave).  It has been a lovely morning with my Beloved Husband Rick on the trails in Hot Springs National Park.

Time to play outdoors!
Love to ALL,
Lee

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3 responses

  1. This was a perfect hike; loved being immersed in nature with my beloved wife. The animals were beautiful and the wildflowers; especially the deep blue Asiatic daylillies were an amazing start. I’m ready to go again. Beautiful photos, Baby. Love ur DH Rick x0x0x0

    August 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

  2. We have St. Andrew’s cross a little east of Austin, but I’ve rarely seen it. In contrast, the Callicarpa, or American beautyberry, is common, though it’s having a had time in the continuing drought. It’s good to see you promoting the smaller wildflowers.

    Steve Schwartzman

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    August 27, 2011 at 6:31 am

    • I adore the Forest details that make up the bigger picture :o) especially the wildflowers and their variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
      Kindest Thoughts and Wishes,
      Lee

      August 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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