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A Lovely Spring Morning on the Trail

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I awaken each day to the beautiful gift of yesterday’s tomorrow. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


White-Eyed Vireo, A Pair of Chickadees and a Chipmunk

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Every action ripples across the Universe to recreate the future. ~ Lee Hiller

Along each trail Nature reveals her spring secrets… A pair of Chickadees collecting greens for their nest, a glorious White-Eyed Vireo, a lovely Chipmunk, Pearl Crecent Butterfly and Wildflowers.

Love to ALL!
Lee


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


A burst of Spring Leaves and Wildflowers

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

Nature is unleashing her spring pallet to create an ever changing landscape.  Each day I loose myself in the transformation of the tallest Trees lining the trails and the sprouting of the tiniest Wildflowers spreading out along the Forest floor. Close your eyes, abandon the constraints of form and feel Spring.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Cool Gift From My Beloved Husband

Lee Hiller Hike Our Planet by Londons Times Cartoons

Lee Hiller Hike Our Planet by Londons Times Cartoons

I was surprised when my beloved Husband Rick London sent me this cartoon to preview… I never imagined I would be immortalized in a Londons Times Cartoon.  This is the coolest gift!

If you love to laugh and have ah ha moments please visit his Londons Times Cartoons website to see his amazing, crazy, wild, screwball, scary, hilarious, thought provoking ideas in words and imagery.  You can find his great merchandise at Rick London Gifts.

Thank You Baby!!!!!
Love Your LW Lee


Kicking the Kids Out of the Nest

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Yesterday I stepped out for a quick (2  1/2 hours) afternoon hike and witnessed a Mom kicking the kids out of the nest.  For about 20 minutes she chased, barked and nipped at her kits to keep them in the Trees on the opposite side of the trail.  Tough love from a Squirrel mom.

Further along the trail a tiny Yellow Rumped Warbler was singing a sweet song as Male Cardinal was photo bombed by a White-Throated Sparrow. Vibrant orange Leaves glowed in the winter Forest lightng my way home.  It was a perfect winter hike!

Love to ALL!
Lee


Cedar Waxwings – Beautiful Masked Bandits Return

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Fleeing the storms in the north a favorite flock of visitors arrived in the Forest. Lovely bandit masks of Cedar Waxwings are always a wonderful sight for bird watchers and photographers. They softly coo as they await the sun in the half light perched high in the leafless Trees.  As first morning light arrives their buff and yellow colors are ignited by each ray reaching over the mountain ridge.  I hope they will stay for many months in our Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee


A Glorious Morning with Woodland Creatures in the Winter Forest

“I take flight on the wings of my Dreams to greet the new day.” ~ Lee Hiller

SONY DSCWinter Serenade: Woodpeckers and Warblers appear throughout the Forest this morning.  Pileated, Sapsucker and Downy provide a rapping tapping rhythm section as Vireos, Chickadees, Tufted Titmice and Mockingbirds sing a sweet melody. The Trees sway and groan to the glorious song carried by the breeze.  The symphony of life carries me along each trail.

HSNP Lower Dogwood trail Chipmunk The Stud Muffin

HSNP Lower Dogwood trail Chipmunk The Stud Muffin

The Stud Muffin: Ice, snow, drought, prolonged extreme heat , floods and tornadoes have ravaged Hot Springs National Park the past 18 months.  The number of small mammals has greatly diminished.  Squirrels, Rabbits, Chipmunks, Fox etc. have now become rare sightings.  About 20 minutes into my hike I spotted this little Male Chipmunk chasing Female Chipmunks. Racing across logs, hopping onto rocks and popping in and out of numerous burrows for half an hour this athletic little stud muffin hooked up, made booty calls and knocked up the female population along the Lower Dogwood Trail.  He was so busy he nearly ran me over twice crisscrossing the trail to keep the ladies happy. His amorous endeavors are sure to help rebuild the decimated Chipmunk population in Hot Springs National Park. For his selfless entrepreneurial spirit Nature photographers salute this Forest Hero for his re-population efforts!

HSNP North Mountain Deer Tracks

HSNP North Mountain Deer Tracks

Signs of Life:  Although I know there are several herds of White-tail Deer roaming Hot Springs National Park they are elusive and I am always delighted by any sighting.  Heading home I hike down North Mountain it is wonderful to see fresh Deer tracks in the soil.  I make a slow 360 turn to see if I can catch a glimpse of an ear tip or  vanishing white tail.  I will have to hike up a bit earlier to catch them on their morning migration across the mountain in Hot Springs National Park. I love finding these delicate reminders of Forest life.

HSNP Sunrise on the Trail

HSNP Sunrise on the Trail

A Dance of Light: As the sun rises to illuminate the trail I am bathed in the beauty of a new day.  Mornings rays dance among the Short Leaf Pines and the tangle of Deciduous limbs.  Delicate splash of color appear as the first light kisses each surface of the Forest.

I embrace the beauty of the winter Forest!

Love to ALL!
Lee

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Paparockzi – Catching the perfect Rock Star smile on the trail

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Smiling Rock

HSNP Hot Springs Mt Trail Smiling Rock

Sometimes even the Rock Stars smile out on the trail,  I love the sweet overbite ;-)

Love to ALL!
Lee


Paparockzi: The art of photographing Nature’s “Rock Stars”

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Paparockzi: The art of photographing Nature’s “Rock Stars”.

Winter is the perfect season for everyone to hone their Paparockzi skills. Sun has full access to highlight the colorful layers of each unique rock as the canopy recedes.  Rain washes each unique sculpture to reveal the glorious detailed surfaces.  Lichen paints the formations with muted colors and delicate textures.

Much Love to ALL!
Lee


Fantasy World of Colorful Melting Ice and Freezing Fog

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Obstacles do not change my path they enhance the journey. ~ Lee Hiller

Every photographer has their limits, I tend to bend mine to see Nature’s beauty.  Nature has always rewarded me with a chance to capture the glory of her fierce side.  The light of the winter sun began to melt the ice coating the Forest raining chunks of ice upon the trail. Freezing fog swirled caressing the nearly leafless branches of the deciduous Trees.  The sun pierced the thinning canopy creating a fantasy world within the Forest. The pink ice and swirling green fog, it was a glorious hike.

Love to ALL
Lee

PS: Special thanks to my brave husband who dodged the falling ice with me.
PPS: Special Thanks to Nature for on hitting me once with one of the larger chunks of ice.  One was enough to appreciate your strength.


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


Dream World Of Autumn Fog in Hot Springs National Park

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In Dreams we open our Hearts to touch the limitless places of possibility. ~ Lee Hiller

Fog changes the trail creating a fantastic world of unknowns.  The familiar landscape vanishes replaced by unexpected twists and turns. Fearlessly enter Nature’s Dream World…  Places and Beings of Dreams seem Destined to Emerge from the Fog

Love to ALL!
Lee


Last Glimmer of Autumn on the Trail

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In the Forest we are Free, our hearts dance and play filled with childlike abandon. ~ Lee Hiller

Sun rises in the Autumn Forest illuminating the last leaves waiting to cover the my path. Each colorful Leaf a jewel shimmering in the morning breeze coated in rain drops.  Autumn retreats as winter draws near.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Bathed in Autumn Light Among The Trees

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Lessons from the Universe – Words and Photographs

  • Always grab breakfast even if it is on the run
  • The Forest creates stained glass with Autumn Leaves
  • If you say you have not seen Butterflies this Autumn the Universe will have the last word
  • Wildflowers don’t know they are only suppose to bloom during certain seasons
  • Every trail feels new when seen with the Soul

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


When CLOSED is only a word #DontShutMeDown

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I am not prone to unlawful acts, but the idea of my local National Park being “Closed” to hiking and photography is a punishment I am not willing to accept.  These images are a protest against the irrational government shutdown by the Republican Party…  #DontShutMeDown #ShutDown  For those outside the US our National Park are closed and the National Park Service (NPS) employees have all been place on furlow.


In the light of a new day we are reborn to live our Dreams

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“In the light of a new day we are reborn to live our Dreams.” ~ Lee Hiller

The magic of first light draws me into the Forest as it caresses each surface.  Illumination on the waking Earth brings forth beauty unseen at any other time of day.  Subtle hue and shadow create a world not visible when the sun rises high above my place upon the Earth.

Love to ALL!
Lee


In the light of a new day we are reborn to live our Dreams

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In the light of a new day we are reborn to live our Dreams. ~ Lee Hiller

First light is my favorite time to hike and take photographs. The Forest is awakens as the sun caresses the Tree tops filtering rays down to the trail.  Serenity touches my Soul with each breath as Nature reveals her secrets.

Love to ALL!
Lee


I lay my Soul across the Forest floor listening to the wisdom of the earth.

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I lay my Soul across the Forest floor listening to the wisdom of the earth. ~ Lee Hiller

My journey is always filled with beauty as I wander along Forest trails.  A part of me is always waiting for my return…

Love to ALL!
Lee