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Colorful Autumn Fungi in the Forest

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They emerge from their slumber pushing out from stumps and up from the layers covering the Forest floor.  Fungi is a variety of colors and shapes paint the Autumn landscape.  As Wildflowers begin to vanish their blooms are replaced by beautiful fungi blossoms. Please do not steal the fungi from National, State and County Parks as they are an important food source for the Wildlife during autumn and winter.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Color Caresses the Early Autumn Forest

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Rain dances upon the earth giving life to all it touches, an intimate caress. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


Nature Paints with Light and Color along the Trails

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The Universe sings to my Soul with the poetry of Nature’s beauty. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


The Hazy Season Has Arrived

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Summer always feels like my glasses are fogged up even when I am not wearing any.  Moving to the South was a lesson in humidity survival.  Trying to focus my eyes let alone my camera can be difficult when the air creates a layer between my lens and the subject of my photography.  The veil of air reflects the light and changes perspective and colors.  During the hazy months I see what is produced by my camera surreal than realistic.

Love to ALL!
Lee


The little details in the late spring Forest

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I was mooned by a Lady Bug and found a small dead Crab (Arkansas does not have a coastline) on a trail…  Beautiful purple Skullcap is in full bloom and lovely Birds have returned to nest in the park.  The mystery bird call which starts with a loud low rumble followed me on the Short Cut Trail on Hot Springs Mountain.  The last time I heard this mystery bird call was on North Mountain.  Pretty Fungi sculptures grew out stumps and trail edges. Southern Magnolias are displaying buds, blooms and seed pod creation.  It is a beautiful show of color white, green, rust and red.

Let life flow through the filter of your Heart. ~

Love to All!
Lee


Beautiful Autumn Leaves, Fungi and Wildflowers

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Autumn rain and cooler temperatures have begun to change the beautiful Forest in Hot Springs National Park. The greenery is beginning to transition to yellow, orange and red.  Autumn Wildflowers of purple, pink, blue and yellow are emerging from the covering of old Leaves, Twigs and Rocks. Fungi some the size of large dinner plates have sprouted from stumps and the Forest floor. It is a glorious time of the year for hiking.

Love to ALL!
Lee


9/11 Nature Reveals Her Beauty With Wildflowers, Rocks and Fungi

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Set your Soul free to play in Nature, it is a gift of Love from Universe. ~ Lee Hiller

I went hiking on the eleventh anniversary of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was a hike to try and ease the grief that never seems to leave my heart. My only hope to ease the ache was a total immersion in the Forest and a climb up North Mountain.

In a summer that has been brutal with oppressive heat and drought conditions the 68 degree morning temperature was a gift.  It had been awhile since I had been to Goat Rock (aka the hottest place in the park), with a cool breeze at my back it became my destination.

Nature created a beautiful treasure hunt. With a keen eye and open Heart I was rewarded with sightings of colorful Wildflowers, Rocks and Fungi. Can you breathe in Peace?  I believe you can. When my Soul reached out for comfort the Universe pulled me into its embrace and Peace filled my Heart.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Turbulent Skies and Butterflies in Cedar Glades Park Arkansas

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Am I a photographer who hikes or a hiker that takes photographs? This is a question which often enters my mind whenever I am out on the trail.  I am torn between standing engulfed in the beauty and trying to bring home the essence of what I am witnessing.  My Love for G-ds gift of Nature overflows from my Heart and it is my hope you will feel it whenever you visit my blog.

My husband Rick and I appreciate each opportunity to hike the trails in the beautiful state of Arkansas. We never take for granted how blessed we are to live in this amazing location.  We send a special thanks to the employees of our  city, county, state and national parks throughout the United States of America. Your care for the land and wildlife will preserve these important Eco-systems for future generations.

Love to ALL!
Lee

PS Dear Nature, Thank You for all the lovely trail Valentines waiting for me on the Blue Trail :o)


The Art Of Spring Painted With Wildflowers and Butterflies – Plus Arkansas Hiker Alerts

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Note: Another Great reason to hike in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas… You can hit the trails and relive Baseball spring training history following in the footsteps of Cy Young and Babe Ruth.

Like the beautiful blooms in the spring Forest I am luring you to my blog today with the nectar of Wildflowers and Butterflies.  As always I had a wonderful hike because I prepare before I head into the Forest. Information about weather or being sure to carry water plus a snack are done to ensure I have a safe and happy hike.

Spring is a glorious time to hike, but like any other activity there can be some dangers easily avoided to ensure you have a safe time.  In Arkansas we currently have two warnings due to the lack of cold winter temperatures.  I am sharing this information not frighten or dissuade you from hiking, instead it should be viewed as a travel advisory for hikers.  The warmer winter temperatures throughout the United States may mean the hiker alerts below are applicable in many states.

Hiker Alert: Hikers please be aware the very short winter has caused a rise in rabies cases in Arkansas.  Nocturnal creatures moving about in the daylight hours should be avoided and any strange activity reported.  http://www.4029tv.com/r/30858715/detail.html  In Arkansas there have been 54 confirmed rabies cases, just in the first four months of the year, compared to 60 total cases in 2011. Most have been skunks, bats and one cow. Report Rabies 1-501-262-2091

Hiker Alert: This is why I always recommend wearing boots when you are hiking… Flip Flops and sneakers are not enough protection! Snakes are back in Arkansas; tips for bite victims and more http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/205488/2/Snakes-are-back-in-Arkansas-tips-for-bite-victims-and-more

Love to ALL!
Lee


Blessings for Passover and Good Friday

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God’s Love for mankind is reflected in the beauty of Nature.  Blessing to all for Passover and Good Friday.
Love,
Lee


Little Violets In The Winter Forest

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I am dedicating this blog posting to my Mom and Dad.
My Mom loved Violets above all other flowers, my Dad gave her pressed Violets in a love note a few days before he passed away.  She kept his note nearby until she passed away twenty years later.

His love note began “The flowers that bloom in the spring tra la”  The early spring weather has brought forth lovely clusters of Bird Foot Violets.  Each delicate bloom is a reminder of my parents.

Spring warmth has awoken tender green plants along the edges of the trails.  Saucer Magnolias are now covered in fuzzy flower pods and Dogwood Trees have tiny pink ball shaped buds.  A few Tree branches in the park have already burst out in a spiny orange blossom covering.  The Forest has awakened early with a subtle ballet of new growth and color.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Missing the Birds as I Hike Along Winter Trails

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Nearly two months of extreme heat followed by several severe late summer storms has taken a toll on park wildlife populations.  Prior to the heat followed by high winds and rain Chipmunks and Squirrels could be seen in or below many Trees.  On some days I hardly knew which way to turn my lens as there was so much activity. I am thankful today to spot a Squirrel I call Bob because of the missing portion of her tail.  She lives near the Hot Springs National Park Entrance and has erratic road crossing skills.

The multiple families of Brown Thrashers have vanished from the lower portions of Hot Springs National Park.  The once abundant highly visible Northern Mockingbirds are now a rare sighting.  White Throated Sparrows that once flocked along the southern slope of Hot Springs Mountain appear only in small numbers at the top in the picnic area.

Although there are many American Robins the flocks are smaller than in years past. Cardinals that once flourished on both North and Hot Springs Mountains are a rare sighting beyond Dead Chief Trail.  Pine Warblers too have become a rare sight within the park as are many other warblers that would normally be seen in the winter months.

My constant winter companions of winters past the Red Bellied Woodpecker have also vanished from their regular nesting sites.  I have only seen two and heard one in the past three months.  I miss being verbally heckled by the numerous juvenile Blue Jays that would follow me across the park.

Perhaps the moderate winter of the north has kept the birds away.  However I think the weather extremes of the past summer have significantly reduced bird populations.  Those birds that flock in the park year round are scarce.  As I review old videos I remember the symphony of birdsong that used to echo through the Forest.  The silence in the park is heartbreaking.

Love to ALL!
Lee