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A Dance Of Light Transformed – My Favorite Photographs and Moments of 2012

Within the quiet Rock and swaying blade of Grass is a message of Love from the Universe.  ~ Lee Hiller

We see our life with eyes made unique by the Soul that looks out from within our human form. The beauty of photography reveals our Soul via the lens as we try to communicate a unique vision to others. A single flower can become infinite unique photographs not only dependent on light or lens, but because each Soul seeks to understand with it’s own sight.

I do not wish to say that these are better than other photographs. They are a personal expression, a dance of light transformed into art and form. These are the images that caused my Soul to ignite with lingering emotion. Whether in happiness, shock, joy, sadness etc., to feel the moment and share it others is my only wish.

My favorite images are often the ones which exist unnoticed on facebook or quietly vanish from view down my Twitter stream without remark. They live in my Heart content that I was there to witness a singular moment as it faded into the past. I am thankful many of you kindly invite me into you day by visiting my blog.

Love to ALL!
Lee

January 2012
Sometimes it appears I am totally alone when I am hiking, not a person in sight.  Occasionally however Nature lets me see those beings with which I am sharing the Forest.  This lovely Whitetail Doe was part of a group of Deer moving on the ridge above me.  When she stopped to look at me  the white on one of here ears caught my eye. The winter Forest sleeps and dreams of spring. ~ Lee Hiller
Lovely Frost Flowers, Rocks, Deer and Wildflowers of Winter

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Winter Whitetail Deer Doe

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Winter Whitetail Deer Doe

February 2012
Nature often leave little Valentines scattered along the trail edges,  This lovely white Heart in the red Rock was covered or dislodged by heavy rains this Spring.  I am very happy to have this photograph as a reminder of this lovely discovery.
Winter Wildflower, Rocks, Tiny Nest & a Morris Minor Traveller

HSNP Floral Trail Rock 'Winter Heart"

HSNP Floral Trail Rock ‘Winter Heart”

March 2012
This is one of my favorite places in Lake Catherine State Park, Arkansas. I never know what I will see when I round the bend, a field of Wildflowers, a Blue Grossbeak or a Whitetail Deer. Each time I visit Nature has another lovely surprise for me on the Horseshoe Mountain Trail.
Lake Catherine State Park Arkansas Horseshoe Mountain Trail

LCSP Horseshoe Mt Trail Spring

LCSP Horseshoe Mt Trail Spring

April 2012
On a trek through Cedar Glades Park was an alley created by young pines.  Every time I look at this image I know if we have a light snowfall I will hike the 4 miles to return to this spot.  In my mind I always see this spot on the trail with snow.
Trails, Campsites, Wildflowers and Wildlife in Cedar Glades Park

Cedar Glades Park Black Trail Spring

Cedar Glades Park Black Trail Spring

May 2012
Usually I don’t photograph Wildlife with man made items. I don’t feed the beings who live in the park as I try my best allow the Wildlife to remain wild.  I had noticed 2012 was a year of harsh changes in Hot Springs National Park.  Winter lasted less that 2 weeks, the spring rain never fell and the temperatures were already triple digits in late May.  We were in a drought and by May 30th 2012 the abundant population of Squirrels were struggling to find liquid.  The drought greatly reduced the small mammal population.   Sightings of the lovely Squirrels and Chipmunks has now become a rare event.
Lovely Rainbow Sunrise, Squirrels and Spring Trails

HSNP Fountain Trail Squirrel with Straw Lid

HSNP Fountain Trail Squirrel with Straw Lid

June 2012
One day when I was hiking in 2010 I spotted a hikers hut on the Honeysuckle Trail in Hot Springs National Park.  I got my cellphone out and called my fiance Rick to let him know I had found our wedding chapel.  In June of 2010 we were married in the hut on Hot Springs Mountain.  We hiked up for our 2nd Anniversary and as we sat in the hut my husband Rick spotted this lovely Scarlet Tanager… the sighting was a perfect anniversary gift.
Second Wedding Anniversary Hike in Hot Springs National Park

HSNP Floral Trail Scarlet Tanager

HSNP Floral Trail Scarlet Tanager

July 2012
The weather by July was brutal we were into about 20 days of triple digit temperatures.  The only cool outdoor location was Garvan Woodland Gardens and it was a perfect gift birthday gift.  I knew it was going to be a perfect day when I spotted a lovely American Bullfrog.  Yes I think frogs are lovely… snakes and lizards too!
A Beautiful Birthday at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas American Bullfrog

Garvan Woodland Gardens Arkansas American Bullfrog

August 2012
We were under a severe heat alert for almost the entire month of August and I only posted two blogs for the entire month.  The only weather information came late in the month, it was a good news bad news situation.  Hurricane Issac hit US shores and the rain is going to reach Hot Springs Arkansas.  The day I learned the rain was on its way I spotted a colorful Dragonfly in the park, a good omen.
Dragonflies and Wildflowers in the Late Summer Forest

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail  Dragonfly

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Dragonfly

September 2012
The rain came and for three days liquid life fell onto the Forest.  It was a refreshing drink that seemed to revive us all.  On a glorious hike in the cooler air I spotted a cluster of bright red leaves.  The cooler days of Autumn were on there way.
Autumn Leaves, Wildflowers and Fungi on West Mountain

HSNP West Mountain Trail Autumn Leaves

HSNP West Mountain Trail Autumn Leaves

October 2012
Autumn Leaves paint the mountains and hiking is a wonderland of color.  When I reach the top of West Mountain I decide to continue on Music Mountain along the Sunset Trail.  Among the rocks Wildflowers are blooming and Butterflies are enjoying their nectar.  In the silence and beauty I find the peace I have missed when it was too hot to hike.  Nature teaches our Hearts to speak without words and our Souls to erupt in silent song. . ~ Lee Hiller
Autumn Beauty on Music Mountain Butterflies and Wildflowers

HSNP Music Mt Sunset Trail Painted Lady Butterfly On Aster

HSNP Music Mt Sunset Trail Painted Lady Butterfly On Aster

November 2012
I had two favorite photographs (hiking moments) in November of 2012.  The Caddo Bend Trail in Lake Ouachita State Park had been devastated by a tornado since my last visit. Large sections of the peninsula are covered in ripped out, shattered, bent and broken Trees. It was a hike filled with beauty and destruction so when I found this bridge nestled in the Autumn Leaves I took a moment to be thankful.
Tornado Shreds Caddo Bend Trail Forest in Lake Ouachita State Park

Lake Ouachita Caddo Bend Trail Autumn Bridge

Lake Ouachita Caddo Bend Trail Autumn Bridge

Garvan Woodland Gardens was covered in spectacular shades of  Autumn.  It was as if we where in Van Gough’s painting of the Mulberry Tree.  Rich gold and orange leaves reached across the clear blue sky a golden waves.  The Leaves twinkled, danced and rustled softly in the cool breeze moving among the trees.
Spectacular Autumn Leaves, Butterflies and Flowers in Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens Golden Maple Autumn Leaves

Garvan Woodland Gardens Golden Maple Autumn Leaves

December 2012
I wanted a snow day and Christmas 2012 it was delivered with a vengeance to Hot Springs, Arkansas.  First came the freezing rain and it coated the fragile drought damaged Trees in a layer of ice.  A few hours later heavy wet snow began to fall adhering to the ice coated surfaces.  It was more than many large Trees could bare and the ones unable to sustain the weight fell or snapped.  Lines came down and we were without power for several days.  Yes, I went for a hike in the beauty and destruction.
Hot Springs National Park Christmas 2012 Ice and Snow Storm Aftermath

HSNP Hot Springs Mountain Road Snow

HSNP Hot Springs Mountain Road Snow

The Art Of Ice and Snow in the Trees

HSNP The Art Of Ice and Snow in the Trees

HSNP The Art Of Ice and Snow in the Trees

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One response

  1. Such a gorgeous blog. I was honored to be on some of these hikes; and even more honored to see the photos of the ones I missed. What a paradise around us. I really understand why all the vacationers come here. x0xx0 Love ur LH Rick

    August 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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