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Spring paints with new leaves, wings, rocks and flowers

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It’s Spring!
It rained for two days feeding the parched land across Arkansas and Nature is painting every surface with new life.  In Hot Springs National Park the Forest reveals the delicate unfurling of spring Leaves.  Soft green pods slowly opening to release green fronds from the sleeping sentinels.  A tiny Titmouse flits from Tree to Tree stopping to sharpen its beak on a branch above me.  Rain dampened Rocks create a soft pallet of colors on the surface of the trail cradled in fallen Leaves and Needles.  Tiny Bluets create a purple haze hovering on willowy green stems above the rust colored Forest floor.  Flowering white Wild Plum Trees call to winged pollen collectors with their glorious blossoms.  Question Mark and Variegated Fritillary Butterflies Spread orange wings wide warming in the afternoon sun.

Today is Spring and it is calling your name so come out and play…
Love to ALL!
Lee


Spring Serenade Begins in Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

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The soft serenade of Songbirds fills the air with a familiar melody as we head out for our hike along the Goat Rock Trail.  Tiny reddish-pink maple blossoms have fallen in to the awaiting arms of the soft green moss below.  On graceful limbs Leaf buds glow on tips reaching to the sun as others are putting on a floral show.  Hopping, flitting and flying the tiniest of birds move in mixed flocks among the awakening Forest. A male Prairie Lizard lays still within the shadows striping the bark of a nearby Tree. Newly blooming Wildflowers spread petals of pink, purple, yellow, violet and white weaving their ground tapestry.  Sweet scents fill the air luring winged beauties soaring above to taste nectar warmed by the sun. Spring has pulled us into her embrace.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Wildflowers and Birds among the Tree Sculptures

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Each hike reveals an ever changing open space art gallery.  The winter Forest of Hot Springs National Park is filled with beautiful Tree sculptures.  You can see a struggle for life in each trunk curve and branch bend.  Pushed by storms, twisted by high winds, battered by ice and snow each Tree has a story to share.   Colorful Rocks are a canvas for the lichen, mold and fungi to paint their glorious abstracts.  Awakening wildflowers push through the leaves, twigs and seeds reaching for sunlight.  Their late winter petal pallet of purple and violet dot the landscape.   Lovely Birds are beginning to build homes in the branches that will soon be sheltered by new leaves.  They sing sweet songs to visitors about the promise of spring.  A living art gallery near you is waiting for you to visit… get out and play!

Love to ALL!
Lee

PS A storm is on the way so I took a detour after my hike to see the Cherry Blossoms :)


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