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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

Beautiful Deer and a Surprise Guest on the Trail

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Leaves have begun to change in the Forest joining the Woodland Sunflowers adding additional color to the trail edges.  Migrating Deer families graze on tender new grass and leaves as the sun slowly rises.  In the soft light of an early morning a Red Fox is stopped in the middle of the trail as we come around the bend at the top of North Mountain.  I barely have time to raise my camera before it leaps off the path and vanishes into the Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee

A Golden Beacon on the Forest Floor

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Even if we see the ‘Big Picture’ Nature reminds us it is made of beautiful details.  In the early morning light a beacon shines on the Forest floor. A golden orange gilled fungus rising up within the layers of fallen autumn leaves from years past.  Its beauty tempting us further toward a new adventure.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Why did the Hercules Beetle cross the sidewalk?

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Why did the Male Eastern Hercules Beetle cross the sidewalk?  I am not sure, but he was an surprising sight! About 3 inches of shining beauty in the late afternoon sun.

New Forest Friend – Eastern Wood Pewee

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I am an inconsistent whistler.  Until today the birds I could imitate with answering results were Hawks, Mockingbirds and Thrashers.  The later two basically taking pity on my lame attempts, plus they imitate everything. I saw a Hawk fly over and did my classic impersonation.  Instead of an answer from above a slightly different call rang out from the Trees to my left.  I scanned the canopy and came up with no sighting.  In an attempt to find the bird with the clear voice  I did my best imitation.  To my amazement it answered back getting closer with each exchange.  In the fading light I was  finally able to spot the sweet little olive brown bird and took several photos.  after a few minutes of musical exchange it flew down toward the trail, turned and hovered within inches my face.  It sang, I sang and then it returned to the branch high above my shoulder.  I thanked the lovely Eastern Wood Pewee for a lovely duet in the fading light.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

Life and Death on the Trail in Cedar Glades

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Last weekend early morning in Cedar Glades Park I photographed a bit of Nature on the side of the trail that I did not realized was an empty Box Turtle shell.  The sun was still low and I could not see everything clearly.  Later on the hike we discovered a male Box Turtle in the middle of the trail.  My husband Rick picked him up and to move him off the mixed use (mountain bikes and hikers) trail.  A team of three cyclists had buzzed past us earlier and now after seeing I had photographed an empty shell I know my husband likely saved a life that day.

Love to ALL!

Lee

Beautiful Beings On An Early Soul Day Hike

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July is the birthday month for both myself the 4th and my husband the 16th.  So we celebrate our special Soul Day on the 10th of July.  This year we took an early morning hike and were blessed with the beauty of seeing many beings in the Forest.

Breakfast was stuffed in the mouth of a chipmunk as above a pair of warblers (Vireos I think) collected nesting materials.

A lovely Whitetail Doe pick at us from the brush then stepped fully out into the open.  We did not want to startle her as it was clear she is nursing at least one fawn.  She turned several times on the trail pausing to eat and then leap up a small rise.  I sprinted down the trail once he was gone to a rock look out and saw her in the ravine below with a fawn and a juvenile Doe.

Near the end of our hike a flash of red in the pines alerts us to the presence of a family of Summer Tanagers.  A vibrant male in transitional colors, a tiny buff green chick and a female in her green.

It was a perfect start to our Soul Day!

Love to ALL!
Lee

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