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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


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


Hummingbird – Seeing Past The Camouflage

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I don’t set up shots, it is all random luck.  Serendipitous moments captured while hiking.  When I was a child I was always good at the ‘spot the difference’ puzzles.  It has trained my mind to see the the anomaly in the landscape on the trail.  On many occasions I will take photographs not seeing with my naked eye what my mind mind sees.  Yesterday I followed the flight of a tiny juvenile Blue-Headed Vireo (photos later).  Once it landed my mind let me know to photograph the tangle of leaves and vines below its perch.

When I arrived home and begun editing I carefully looked through the images.  To my joy I capture a Hummingbird perched on a twig in front of a leaf.  I take a lot of photographs and this is only the third time I have captured a Hummingbird in my photographs.  I would love to know the type, if you recognize the color markings please let me know.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Tiny Woodpeckers Beneath the Late Summer Leaves

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“Time stills beneath the canopy of leaves cradled in Natures song.” ~ 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

 


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

 


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