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Sparrows Enjoying Breakfast in the Cherry Blossoms

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I have been photographing the Cherry Blossoms in the Historic District of Hot Springs, Arkansas for the past five years.  Last year I discovered Sparrows mate among the beautiful blossoms Happy Spring 2014 – Sparrows Dance of Life.

This year I learned they pick and eat the flowers. I was curious to know why are these birds were eating the buds and blossoms? The simple answer is that they are highly nutritious. Some experts believe the blooms have more nutritional value than buds giving flower eating birds an advantage in late winter and or early spring when food can be scarce.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Cherry Blossoms Glowing in the Fog

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Rain, snow, ice bombarded the forming Cherry Blossom Buds twice this year.  I was delighted to see that some buds had survived and were opening to reveal waves of pink.  As I set up my first shot I noticed a light fog rolling off the surrounding mountains to caress the delicate new blossoms.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Another Wave of Ice and Snow in Hot Springs National Park

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Each note of Nature’s symphony renews my Soul. ~ Lee Hiller

Winter made another visit to Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The have open Cherry Blossoms froze and tiny Sparrows puffed up to hold back the 11 degree F temperature.  As I head up into Hot Springs National Park the ice covering the branches and the trails becomes thicker. Lovely ice jewels hang from evergreen fronds and yet to fall autumn Leaves.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Early Cherry Blossoms 2014

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We blossom in the light of our Dreams. ~ Lee Hiller

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 :)


Irresistible Floral Force of Cherry Blossoms and Pansies

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I was drawn this morning out into the subfreezing wind to photograph the Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Pansies… again.  Please forgive me but I don’t think this will be the last of my Cherry Blossom and Pansy photographs.  If you love Cherry Blossoms the Trees in the Historic District of Hot Springs, Arkansas are putting on a beautiful show.  New week they should be if full bloom.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Urban Hike reveals Cherry Blossoms and Pansies

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It always feels as if Spring has arrived when the Cherry Blossoms Bloom.  I spotted them from Hot Springs Mountain a couple of days ago and I noticed the Japanese Cherry Trees were covered in red buds.  Rain, hail and wind had me worried all the delicate flowers would be knocked down… I set out today to see if any blossoms has survived.

A fun way to experience spring awakening if you don’t live near any trails is to take an urban hike.  You probably spot many flowering Trees and gardens when you are running errands or driving to work.  Plan a hike in your neighborhood, town etc. and follow the spring color.   It is amazing what you will discover in planters, gardens and poking out of sidewalks.  Nature finds a way to show her beauty even if at first glance all you see are buildings and concrete.

Love To ALL!
Lee


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