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Autumn Leaves Below a Vibrant Blue Sky

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Autumn Leaves below a vibrant blue sky fall softly to the Forest floor.  Wildflowers push through the colorful Leaf tapestry for the beautiful insects collecting the golden pollen.  It is a lovely time to traverse the the mountains of Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Please Stick to the Trails when Hiking

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Often we see sign asking us to stay on trails or not to cut through protected areas.  What appears to be a perfect cut through is filled with wildlife not always seen easily with the naked eye.  Lovely creatures like this lovely baby Northern Green Anole are moving quietly across the Forest floor and could be crushed by hiking boots.  These tiny creature can rapidly change from vibrant green to light brown and variations in-between.  This ability to camouflage makes them difficult to see among the leaves, twigs and grass on the Forest floor and is why they are also known as the American Chameleon.

 

Blue Light of An Early Autumn Morning

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“I take flight on the wings of my Dreams to greet the new day.” ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee

Rust Edges of Autumn

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Often we view autumn in broad strokes and lavish color sweeping across Forests and it is easy to miss the details of each individual leaf that makes up the colorful seasonal tapestry.  Summer Trees once lush with green turn glorious shades of gold, orange, red and rust. Some leaves explode with a sudden change of color while other slowly transition with the tiniest of Nature’s brush strokes.

Love to ALL!
Lee

A Graceful Transition Of Color and Light

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A graceful transition of color and light touches each trail within our Forest in Hot Springs National Park.  A tiny Prairie Lizard warms itself on a Rock below the changing autumn Leaves, further up North Mountain a Monarch Butterfly tastes the nectar of a purple Aster.  A familiar family of deer  crosses our path as we near the end of our journey.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

Migration: Juvenile Blue-Headed Vireo

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Hot Springs National Park sits on the demarcation line of many migration and wintering patterns for a wide variety of birds.  During the past four years I have actively recorded the many species that breed, migrate through and stay year-round in the park.  As many birds migrate back to Central and South America for the winter our year round winged residents become more visible in the changing leave.  Lovely gray and buff colored birds that are less visible in the heavy summer canopy are revealed in the colorful autumn transition.  I was very happy to see this tiny juvenile Blue-Headed Vireo and hope to hear its song often through the colder months on the trail.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Hiking below the Autumn Leaves with a Trio of Deer

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Autumn Confetti is sprinkled in the canopy above the Upper Dogwood Trail. An early show, a tease of the coming autumn spectacular. A familiar family of Whitetail Deer grazed along a parallel path.  I have regularly photographed this Doe, her older daughter and her spring fawn throughout the summer months. She has carefully shepherded them across the park and I have seen them in several different locations. Spiderweb architecture glittered along each trail each one a unique sculpture. Near the end of of our hike a sweet Chipmunk looked at us from a small rock rising above autumn Leaves fallen from years past.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

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