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Spring Poetry Cadence in Pink and Purple

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Wildflowers whisper to my Heart with the poetry of spring. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


Spring Beauty Emerges in the Forest

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Peaceful hearts commune with Nature never seeking to destroy her beauty. ~ Lee Hiller

Get outside and Play today…

Love to ALL!
Lee


Spring paints with a broad pallet of color along the trails

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Spring is a chaotic rapidly changing slideshow of color.  Wildflowers, Rocks, Birds, new Leaves and flowering Trees are glorious eye candy along the trails.  Nature always has surprises waiting for me to share via my lens.  Yesterday’s surprise was the return of a favorite hiking partner, a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  His vibrant red head glowed in the sunlight high above me.  Before the drought of 2012 it was rare not to see one every day I hiked,  sometimes on every trail across Hot Springs and North Mountains.  This sighting was beautiful gift.

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 :)


Wildflowers create tiny flourishes of color in the Winter Forest

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Before winter comes to an end and the leaves begin to create a canopy of green lovely Wildflowers delicately paint the Forest floor.  The first Wildflowers to appear this year are Violets and Bluets.  Their varying shades of purple with accents of yellow, pink and white are spectacular against the dried rust colored autumn Leaves along the Hot Springs Mountain Trail.  The tiny blooms created a treasure hunt as I sought their delicate petals along the trail edges.   At the top of the mountain a flash of red lead my eye to a Male Cardinal that landed on a branch above a newly revealed egg shaped rock. The rock reminded me of the eggs in the film Alien.  It was another lovely winter hike with my husband.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Early Spring Arrivals in Purple and Blue

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I sit inside today watching lightning strikes, pea size hail and heavy rain.  The darkening sky mimics night as a series of storms blow through for a forecast of five hours.

When my husband and I took a quick hike yesterday the sky was a brilliant blue with a spectacular winter sun warming the Rocks and Forest floor.  Beautiful patches of Bluets, Chickweed and Dog Violets dotted the park trail and road edges.  A familiar scurrying sound was ever present as we interrupt lizard sunbathing on the trail edges.  A big male Prairie Lizard flashes his bright blue belly scales from on top of a cluster of Rocks.  It had not rained for 5 days but the soil was saturated and seeping on several trails. It appears as if the drought has lifted in time to create a spectacular spring for 2013.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Magnolias, Wildflowers and Racing Pigeons in the Spring Forest

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I know it is wordless Wednesday… so I will attempt to be brief. My hike began with a melodic Male Cardinal and a chatty Squirrel. It ended with another but less vocal Squirrel eating beneath the beautiful blooms of the old Southern Magnolia Trees at the entrance to the park.  In-between I was surprised to see a pair of Racing Pigeons strolling along the Carriage Road and discovered beautiful purple Venus Looking Glass Wildflowers on the Floral Trail. Last year the the lack of rain meant there were hardly any Flowers on the Floral Trail. Now the entire park is bursting with glorious color.

On a sad note I found the body of a young Blue Jay as I was heading out of the park on the Hot Springs Mountain Road.  With no apparent injury at first glance it appeared only to be in a sweet sleep.   I took a moment to remember how its short life brought beauty to the Forest and prayed for its young spirit to have peaceful journey.

Love to ALL! Make a play date with yourself to get out in Nature :)
Lee


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