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Archive for September, 2012

Happy Yom Kippur – To those who helped me, I thank you with all my Heart…

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HSNP Arlington Lawn Southern Magnolia

Yom Kippur is only hours away and I am embraced in the beauty of renewal in Hot Springs National Park. The blushing Magnolia Pods are releasing the burden of their Seeds before they fall to be later replaced in the Spring with delicate buds which open into white blossom.

To those I may have wronged,
I ask forgiveness.
To those I may have helped,
I wish I had done more.
To those I neglected to help,
I asked for understanding.
To those who helped me,
I thank you with all my Heart…

A special Thank You to my Beloved Husband Rick London <3

Love to ALL!
Lee

HSNP Fountain Street Lawn Southern Magnolia


The Universe Sings to my Soul with the Poetry of Natures Beauty

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The Universe Sings to my Soul with the Poetry of Natures Beauty. ~ Lee Hiller

The late afternoon autumn sun bathes the Forest in its golden glow.  Lovely creatures peer at us from perches in Trees as my husband and I enjoy a late afternoon hike.  The refreshing morning rain and cooling temperatures have lured our Forest friends out into the open.  Nature is awakening from the haze of an extreme drought this summer.  It a blessing bare witness to the renewal.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Autumn Leaves, Wildflowers and Fungi on West Mountain

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Three days of not stop rain was a soothing balm for the Forrest that surrounds my home.  It was the first time since January this year that a storm had produced continuous rainfall on contiguous days.  The flowing drops were a beautiful sight from my window.  I went hiking this past Wednesday and the temperature was in the mid 50s as I headed up onto West Mountain… It was wonderful to feel the cool air on my face.

The rain fed the earth and she brought forth an abundance of colorful gems.  Wildflowers decorated the Forest floor in purple, blue, green, white and yellow.  Glorious new growth added various shades of pink and red to the existing greenery.  Pushing up from beneath leaves and out of stumps red, white and gold fungi stretches upward.

A flock of Robins heading skyward drew my line of sight to Autumn Leaves in the highest reaches of the Forest canopy.  Red, yellow and orange create colorful confetti sparkling in the early light among the late summer green.  It is a promise of the changes to come when Autumn begins this Saturday.

Love to ALL!
Lee

PS: I am thankful for the cooling temperatures and the impending colorful changes of Autumn!


9/11 Nature Reveals Her Beauty With Wildflowers, Rocks and Fungi

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Set your Soul free to play in Nature, it is a gift of Love from Universe. ~ Lee Hiller

I went hiking on the eleventh anniversary of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was a hike to try and ease the grief that never seems to leave my heart. My only hope to ease the ache was a total immersion in the Forest and a climb up North Mountain.

In a summer that has been brutal with oppressive heat and drought conditions the 68 degree morning temperature was a gift.  It had been awhile since I had been to Goat Rock (aka the hottest place in the park), with a cool breeze at my back it became my destination.

Nature created a beautiful treasure hunt. With a keen eye and open Heart I was rewarded with sightings of colorful Wildflowers, Rocks and Fungi. Can you breathe in Peace?  I believe you can. When my Soul reached out for comfort the Universe pulled me into its embrace and Peace filled my Heart.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Last Days of Summer on West Mountain

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I try to dance lightly across the Earth leaving only a gentle trace of my existence. ~ Lee Hiller

Summer heat is still with us and I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and autumn Leaves.  Like many places in the United States winter was less than a month, spring arrived in January and summer in April.  The heat has made hiking brutal and sometimes dangerous for four months. Yes, I am yearning for a change of season.  The drought has devastated many Deciduous Trees in Arkansas and their Leaves already blanket the Forest floor.   My hike on West Mountain was an exploratory mission to see how many leaves are left for the autumn Leaf change.  Although some areas are barren as if it already winter I am happy to report there are more on the slopes than I had originally believed.

Love to ALL!
Lee


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