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Little Birds Preparing for Winter

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I had never considered a Tufted Titmouse to be a big bird until I saw a Carolina Chickadee trying to gain Tree territory.  The tiny Chickadee was fast as it dove into the hollow Tree occupied by the Titmouse.  After out maneuvering its bigger rival the little Chickadee landed on a branch near my shoulder and sang a lovely song.

Across the trail a White-Breasted Nuthatch searched for morsels in the Tree bark.  It worked silently in the morning light for its breakfast. All the little birds have begun their winter preparations.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Carolina Wrens Dancing in the Fog

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I am rarely able to get close to Carolina Wrens when hiking in Hot Springs National Park.  Nature had a lovely surprise for me this morning on the fog draped trail. Two (maybe 3) Carolina Wrens were dancing on stumps, in snags and on limbs several yards ahead of me.  A hop to face left, a hop to face right, sing and repeat.  After a slow approach to see if I would be accepted into their space I had to stop. Not because they seemed ready to flee, but because they weren’t.  Although it was clear by the direct eye contact I had been seen this foggy morning they did not fly away.  I have on a few occasions had wild birds approach me, but never skittish Carolina Wrens.  It was a beautiful gift to be this close.

Love to ALL!
Lee


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


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

 

 


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


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