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Hello Spring!

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My Soul seeks to see life through the lens of Nature’s perspective. ~ Lee Hiller

I love early morning light in the Forest.  Slowly rising the sun awakens a sweet song of life which echos across the Tree tops.  A song to my Soul as I move gently along the trails in Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Below the Iced Forest Little Birds Feast on Berries

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I hear the Universe within each moment of silence on the Forest trail. ~ Lee Hiller

At the base of the mountain beautiful birds feast on the exposed berries.  Competition is fierce as the ice storm has forced our winged winter residents to congregated at the lower elevation. A light crust of ice touches only the edges of the trail and has melted from the trees.  Only 250 feet higher up the mountain nearly half an inch of ice still coats the branches, berries and remaining leaves. A shimmering world wrapped on a glassy coating.  The beauty of winter has arrived.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Mockingbird Advice on an Icy Day in Hot Springs National Park

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So I am out taking a few photos in the single digit temperature and while I am deciding what to photograph I flex my fingers trying to get the circulation going. Suddenly I have a feeling I am being watched. Looking down I notice a Mockingbird standing at my feet. The sweet bird is giving me that “are you crazy it is too cold to be out here, go home” look.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Wildflowers Birds Butterflies and Lizards Among the Autumn Leaves

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Nature feeds my Soul with a feast of Autumn color. ~ Lee Hiller

A tiny baby lizards looks a me from a lichen covered rock as I ponder trail choices.  Curious it comes closer to look in my lens.  I am in awe of its bold gesture.  Orange and red is sprinkled within the green now beginning a transition to yellow.  The morning breeze creates a flicker effect with sun and the leaves.  Turning leaves whisper of the changes coming to the Forest.  As my morning journey nears its end a male Cardinal peeks out from behind a leaf.  In his beak he proudly displays his newly caught breakfast.  My Soul refreshed I head for home.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Glorious Spring Birds and Wildflowers on West and Music Mountains

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Earlier this evening a bad combination of key strokes triggered the publishing of my unfinished empty blog…  instead of typing madly and waxing poetic this will be a “Wordless Wednesday with Wings” Blog.  The photographs were taken on my five mile hike across/around West and Music Mountains in Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee


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


Some trails are still being cleared after Christmas Day storms

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Heavy rain and strong winds battered the already damaged Forest following the Christmas Day Ice Snow storm.  The past month I have not hiked as often in Hot Springs National Park as many trails had not been cleared.  Yesterday I took a quick tour of the west side of Hot Springs Mountain and found some trails still had down Trees blocking access.  In the distance I heard chainsaws on North Mountain during my hike.  Today I headed up Hot Springs Mountain again and found the Peak, Dead Chief, Short Cut and the east side of HSM trail loop are cleared.  On North Mountain the Upper and Lower Dogwood trails are now cleared as well.  As I was coming down the now cleared North Mountain side of the Floral Trail I could see crews clearing the Hot Springs Mountain side.

We have more rain storms coming in over night so I will check West Mountain trails accessibility early next week.  We might have to remind park management that they need to clear the Sunset Trail om Music and Sugarloaf Mountains plus the area in the old Fordyce Estate.  If you have recently hiked Indian Mountain I would love to know how the trail fared.

I missed the Forest and am glad to be back out on the trails…

Love to ALL!
Lee


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