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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


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

 


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