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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


Carolina Wrens Dancing in the Fog

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I am rarely able to get close to Carolina Wrens when hiking in Hot Springs National Park.  Nature had a lovely surprise for me this morning on the fog draped trail. Two (maybe 3) Carolina Wrens were dancing on stumps, in snags and on limbs several yards ahead of me.  A hop to face left, a hop to face right, sing and repeat.  After a slow approach to see if I would be accepted into their space I had to stop. Not because they seemed ready to flee, but because they weren’t.  Although it was clear by the direct eye contact I had been seen this foggy morning they did not fly away.  I have on a few occasions had wild birds approach me, but never skittish Carolina Wrens.  It was a beautiful gift to be this close.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Fog highlights the last of the Autumn color

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Fog highlights the last of the Autumn color along the trail edges. Familiar paths become ghostly gateways into a secret world within the Forest. Never miss a chance to enter the mysterious world revealed in a foggy Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Privet Berries in the Swirling Blue Fog

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When I hike I often take photos of shapes that please my eye.  The fog was swirling through the Trees on a cool autumn morning when I noticed branches in the distance that still had greenery.  Foggy trails create a filter for my inner sight to see what my eyes miss. I did not realize there were hanging wild grapes Privet Berries beneath the green leaves until the images were transferred to my computer. Special Thanks to Arkansan Mark Corder for the correction.  Privet Berries are used in wild craft tinctures, plus the Privacy Hedges were made from the Privet plant.  I Love learning new things :-)

Have a glorious December…
Love to ALL!
Lee


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


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