Exploring Nature One Step At A Time

Hot Springs National Park

Fog highlights the last of the Autumn color

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Fog highlights the last of the Autumn color along the trail edges. Familiar paths become ghostly gateways into a secret world within the Forest. Never miss a chance to enter the mysterious world revealed in a foggy Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Privet Berries in the Swirling Blue Fog

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When I hike I often take photos of shapes that please my eye.  The fog was swirling through the Trees on a cool autumn morning when I noticed branches in the distance that still had greenery.  Foggy trails create a filter for my inner sight to see what my eyes miss. I did not realize there were hanging wild grapes Privet Berries beneath the green leaves until the images were transferred to my computer. Special Thanks to Arkansan Mark Corder for the correction.  Privet Berries are used in wild craft tinctures, plus the Privacy Hedges were made from the Privet plant.  I Love learning new things :-)

Have a glorious December…
Love to ALL!
Lee


Autumn Illumination on a Late Afternoon Hike

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Life dances upon my Heart as an autumn Leaf on a gentle breeze.. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


A Sweet Chickadee Lichen Its Breakfast

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Spotted this sweet Carolina Chickadee looking for breakfast on a Lichen covered Tree on the Goat Rock Trail.  As the leaves recede many tiny beings are more easily seen.  Chickadees are one of many beautiful birds that winter with us in the Hot Springs National Park Forest.  Look up into the bare Trees this winter to see the beautiful winged creature who share the winter Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Sighting of an Eastern Bluebird is Autumn Poetry for my Soul

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I saw and photographed my first Eastern Bluebird on November 15th of 2010 on the top Music Mountain.  It has been a long search (nearly 4 years) to see another in Hot Springs National Park.  While hiking on the Goat Rock Trail I heard a rustling above me and looked up into the eyes of an Eastern Bluebird.  A few moments later it flew to another Tree and joined another.  I wonder if they will winter here or are only passing through.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Lovely Birds, Autumn Leaves and Wildflowers

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I love birds and it is blessing to have  diverse migrating, nesting, wintering and breeding species in Hot Springs National Park.  One species elusive to being captured by my lens had been the tiny (tiny like a hummingbird) Kinglet.  It was a joy not only to see one but two types on a single hike.  Sheltered in the autumn leaves I spotted a Golden-Crowned Kinglet and a few feet further a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet on the Upper Dogwood Trail.

I have often read about Downy Woodpeckers using their tail feathers for balance.  Usually seeing them on the side of  big trees I have not always had a clear view of the mechanics of their tail alignment.  It was wonderful to see a Downy Woodpecker looking for breakfast on the smaller branches of the Tree above me.  His lovely tail acrobatics in full view in the diminishing autumn leaves revealed what I had up till now only see in photographs taken by others.

Above the vibrant canopy of red, orange and gold was in spectacular contrast against a perfect Hot Springs blue sky.  Below on the edges of the trails Wildflowers of purple, pink and blue create a decorative border of vibrant color.  As always it has been a perfect morning in the autumn Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

 


Dreaming with my Eyes Open

In the Mountains I hear a sweet melody, Loves serenade from the Universe. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee

View to the East from North Mountain

View to the East from North Mountain

View to the East from North Mountain

View to the East from North Mountain


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