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Last of the winter snow in Hot Springs National Park 2015

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I am wrapped in the embrace of Nature’s snow dance as a light breeze swirls softly caressing me. Glittering particles of ice slowly melt in the warmth of the morning sun as I climb higher into the mountains. Winter’s final performamce for 2015 in Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Hot Springs National Park Arkansas Winter Ice Storm 2015

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When an ice storm hits the birds flock in to have a spa day at the hot water cascade in Hot Springs National Park.  They queue up on ice covered branches and rocks awaiting their turn to stand in the hot mineral water and drink.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Beautiful Birds on every Trail

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Lovely birds flocked to Hot Springs National Park on February 05 2015. Only minutes on the first Trail I spotted a Female Cardinal plus a mixed flock of Robins and Cedar Waxwings. All were enjoying the berry laden Trees.  On the Short Cut Trail several Male cardinals were crisscrossing the trail.  A blur of red in the bright morning sun.

At the top of Hot Springs Mountain a mixed flock of Eastern Bluebirds and Pine Siskins land on a Tree next to me.  It was the first time I had seen either of these birds in a flock.  They hung on the side of the Tree fighting for pecking position in the mossy areas.

Bird song filled Hot Springs Mountain Trail during my hike around the mountain.  Juncos, Pine Warblers, Sparrows and Yellow-Rumped Warblers created a beautiful sight with a delightful chorus as they traveled in mixed flock.

When I was changing my camera battery a sweet little Hermit Thrush landed on a branch near my shoulder.  It appeared curious watching me closely as I zipped up my pack.   A perfect end to a hike that was for the birds ;-)

Love to ALL!
Lee


Mockingbird Tales in Hot Springs National Park

I have the blessing of being able to walk through a National Park when I go to the Post Office.  Today when I was returning home several Mockingbirds revealed themselves in heavily laden berry covered Bushes/Trees.  Three Mockingbird Tales…

>>>>> Tale One <<<<<

HSNP Male Cardinal landing lift off

HSNP Male Cardinal landing lift off

Why did the Male Cardinal land and lift off from a branch in nearly a single moment? Because the tiny little Mockingbird below said he should.

HSNP Little Mockingbird returns after chasing off a Male Cardinal

HSNP Little Mockingbird returns after chasing off a Male Cardinal

>>>>> Tale Two <<<<<

HSNP Mockingbird Stare Down aka Falcon Imitation

HSNP Mockingbird Stare Down aka Falcon Imitation

HSNP Mockingbird Stare Down aka Falcon Imitation

HSNP Mockingbird Stare Down aka Falcon Imitation

Sometimes the photographer gets caught…  as witnessed by the lovely Mockingbird impersonation of a Falcon.  Lucky for me Mockingbirds have a sense of humor and are always seem to forgiving (tolerant) of my photography intrusions.  Seconds later it was back to breakfast as if I was suddenly invisible.

HSNP Mockingbird Berry Good Breakfast

HSNP Mockingbird Berry Good Breakfast

>>>>> Tale Three <<<<<

HSNP Mockingbird Grooming Feathers

HSNP Mockingbird Grooming Feathers

Lovely Mockingbirds hanging out on a cold morning in the perfect Tree to groom, chill and grab some breakfast. It is the perfect location for setting up a soon to be needed spring nest.

HSNP Mockingbird Chilling in the Berry Tree

HSNP Mockingbird Chilling in the Berry Tree

HSNP Mockingbird Chilling in the Berry Tree

HSNP Mockingbird Chilling in the Berry Tree

HSNP Mockingbird Chilling in the Berry Tree

HSNP Mockingbird Chilling in the Berry Tree

Have a Lovely Day and get out and play…
Love to ALL!
Lee


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


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