Exploring Nature One Step At A Time

Hot Springs National Park

Summer Forest Shimmers with Light and Life

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“If we carry only what we need on our journey life will be light.” ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


Soft Light of Morning Reveals Tiny Beings

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Morning has my favorite photography magic hour. Luckily in the Hot Springs National Park it generally lasts longer than 60 minutes depending on which mountain we are hiking.  The small mammals, insects and birds love the magical light too!

Love to ALL!
Lee


How I became a Birder

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In 2009 when I began my foray into Nature photography I was not a birder.  When I began hiking in Hot Springs National Park during the winter of 2009-2010 Birds became my companions.  Even in the harshest weather Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Sparrows, Mockingbirds and Pine Warblers were with me along each trail.  In those early days of hiking I only had my 5-year-old Sony Cybershot and each clear shot of a moving bird felt like a miracle.  I used to call my camera the “Magic Box” as often I had no clue what I had captured until I returned home and scoured the Internet for bird identification.

To get better shots of the many beautiful birds I would stand out-of-sight in the pagoda on Hot Springs Mountain.  One morning in February of 2010 as I was looking out over the valley when I heard loud squawking on the lawn below.  I glance down and saw a flock of Robins grabbing at seeds and in the melee were smaller Birds holding their own. The Lovely Creatures of the Forest on the Hot Springs Trails  I realized they were the same type of Bird I had seen briefly in January.

The exotic markings on the Cedar Waxwing made me take a second look all Birds.  I began to see them all with a greater appreciation for their unique and individual beauty. Nature’s winged artistry.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Light Flows and Caresses The Forest At Dusk

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The dipping light at dusk flows like golden liquid as it caresses the Forest.  Exquisite details emerge as beings appear to greet the impending night. This is not a time for clarity of focus, it is a time to capture a world the waning light chooses to share.

Love to ALL!

Lee


Silk Strands Weave a Subtle Tapestry

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Nature’s artists weave a subtle tapestry along each trail. Morning light ignites the strands of a of their web to create a prism effect.  Silk flows capturing leaves and light a suspended sculpture emerges within the gallery of ancient sentinels.

Have a Lovely Day… don’t forget to play!

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


A Glittering Bokeh of Dewdrops

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The beautiful bokeh effect is created by layers of focus and light. Mysterious orbs in the background hovering behind the point(s) of focus. I am hoping to explore the bokeh effect this winter when the holiday lights are up in the Historic District.  Nature willing my lens and I can experiment in a variety of weather conditions. Below are links to some of my past encounters with bokeh plus shots of the holiday lights (2013) and colorful raindrops (2011) in Hot Springs National Park.

Explore your creativity…

Love to ALL,
Lee

The Art Of Ice and Snow in the Trees
The Caged Lily

HSNP Holiday Lights Bokeh

HSNP Holiday Lights Bokeh

 

01172011 Colorful Raindrops Bokeh

01172011 Colorful Raindrops Bokeh

 


First Aster of Summer Illuminated in the Forest

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“I walk among the sentinels of our Forest listening as they sing to the Universe.” ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


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