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Sighting of an Eastern Bluebird is Autumn Poetry for my Soul

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I saw and photographed my first Eastern Bluebird on November 15th of 2010 on the top Music Mountain.  It has been a long search (nearly 4 years) to see another in Hot Springs National Park.  While hiking on the Goat Rock Trail I heard a rustling above me and looked up into the eyes of an Eastern Bluebird.  A few moments later it flew to another Tree and joined another.  I wonder if they will winter here or are only passing through.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Lovely Birds, Autumn Leaves and Wildflowers

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I love birds and it is blessing to have  diverse migrating, nesting, wintering and breeding species in Hot Springs National Park.  One species elusive to being captured by my lens had been the tiny (tiny like a hummingbird) Kinglet.  It was a joy not only to see one but two types on a single hike.  Sheltered in the autumn leaves I spotted a Golden-Crowned Kinglet and a few feet further a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet on the Upper Dogwood Trail.

I have often read about Downy Woodpeckers using their tail feathers for balance.  Usually seeing them on the side of  big trees I have not always had a clear view of the mechanics of their tail alignment.  It was wonderful to see a Downy Woodpecker looking for breakfast on the smaller branches of the Tree above me.  His lovely tail acrobatics in full view in the diminishing autumn leaves revealed what I had up till now only see in photographs taken by others.

Above the vibrant canopy of red, orange and gold was in spectacular contrast against a perfect Hot Springs blue sky.  Below on the edges of the trails Wildflowers of purple, pink and blue create a decorative border of vibrant color.  As always it has been a perfect morning in the autumn Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

 


Dreaming with my Eyes Open

In the Mountains I hear a sweet melody, Loves serenade from the Universe. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee

View to the East from North Mountain

View to the East from North Mountain

View to the East from North Mountain

View to the East from North Mountain


Autumn Leaves Below a Vibrant Blue Sky

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Autumn Leaves below a vibrant blue sky fall softly to the Forest floor.  Wildflowers push through the colorful Leaf tapestry for the beautiful insects collecting the golden pollen.  It is a lovely time to traverse the the mountains of Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee


A Graceful Transition Of Color and Light

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A graceful transition of color and light touches each trail within our Forest in Hot Springs National Park.  A tiny Prairie Lizard warms itself on a Rock below the changing autumn Leaves, further up North Mountain a Monarch Butterfly tastes the nectar of a purple Aster.  A familiar family of deer  crosses our path as we near the end of our journey.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Hiking below the Autumn Leaves with a Trio of Deer

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Autumn Confetti is sprinkled in the canopy above the Upper Dogwood Trail. An early show, a tease of the coming autumn spectacular. A familiar family of Whitetail Deer grazed along a parallel path.  I have regularly photographed this Doe, her older daughter and her spring fawn throughout the summer months. She has carefully shepherded them across the park and I have seen them in several different locations. Spiderweb architecture glittered along each trail each one a unique sculpture. Near the end of of our hike a sweet Chipmunk looked at us from a small rock rising above autumn Leaves fallen from years past.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Leaves are changing as Autumn Wildflowers are Blooming

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Hikers Rejoice!!!! Temperatures are falling and Leaves are changing as autumn Wildflowers are blooming.

Love to ALL!
Lee


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