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A Curious Chipmunk

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

I saw a blur at the side of the trail followed by a shuffling of Leaves.  When I reached the spot where it appeared I had seen movement nothing was there.  An old Tree stump sat among the Leaves and I leaned to the side to see if any being was hiding on the other side. Nothing.  As I moved forward to leave I noticed a head pop up and begin peeking at me from within the stump.

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

I took a few photos and began speaking with the lovely being peering at me. Every couple of seconds her head would rise up a bit further.

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

As I stepped away she vanished and I called out “stay safe”! She popped back up and stared at me LOL

Life is a beautiful adventure…
Love to ALL!
Lee

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Chipmunk


Miniature Dinosaur emerges to bask in spring sun

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Prairie Lizard

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Prairie Lizard

We are not the only ones who enjoys a warm spring day…

Take Care where you step on the trails… if you go off trail many lives may be lost under foot.

Love to ALL!
Lee

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Prairie Lizard

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Prairie Lizard

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Prairie Lizard

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Prairie Lizard


The Hiking Serenity of a Snow Covered Trail

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There is an oasis of peace on the Forest trail as snow blankets the ground and muffles all sound.  Snowflakes falling in rapid silence erasing my foot prints from the pristine landscape to create hiking serenity. Bliss… my only companions tiny songbirds foraging for berries on branches and digging beneath the white blanket of winter.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Snow Day on the Trail in Hot Springs National Park

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It was a wonderful snow day in Hot Springs National Park.   I always feel Nature’s Love and today lovely valentines were waiting for me on each trail.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Shadows of Winter

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Shadows of winter weave through the sleeping sentinels.  A tapestry of light painting trails and illuminating those leaves yet to succumb to the gravity of autumn.  I feel the hope of spring within the silent slumber of my forest friends. Their beauty forever etched on my Heart in the embrace of winter’s Love.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Little Birds Preparing for Winter

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I had never considered a Tufted Titmouse to be a big bird until I saw a Carolina Chickadee trying to gain Tree territory.  The tiny Chickadee was fast as it dove into the hollow Tree occupied by the Titmouse.  After out maneuvering its bigger rival the little Chickadee landed on a branch near my shoulder and sang a lovely song.

Across the trail a White-Breasted Nuthatch searched for morsels in the Tree bark.  It worked silently in the morning light for its breakfast. All the little birds have begun their winter preparations.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Glittering Rain Drop Jewels in the Forest

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Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) has hard smooth leaves that gradually turn from green to varying shades of coral and red in the autumn and winter.  They are prolific throughout Hot Springs National Park providing beautiful year round color. A late night rain followed by a clear morning sky created a beautiful jewel like effect on the Heavenly Bamboo Leaves. Glittering spheres illuminated by the rising morning sun made the leaves appear to be jewel encrusted.  Nature’s Bling ;-)

Love to ALL!
Lee


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