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Please Stick to the Trails when Hiking

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Often we see sign asking us to stay on trails or not to cut through protected areas.  What appears to be a perfect cut through is filled with wildlife not always seen easily with the naked eye.  Lovely creatures like this lovely baby Northern Green Anole are moving quietly across the Forest floor and could be crushed by hiking boots.  These tiny creature can rapidly change from vibrant green to light brown and variations in-between.  This ability to camouflage makes them difficult to see among the leaves, twigs and grass on the Forest floor and is why they are also known as the American Chameleon.

 


Life and Death on the Trail in Cedar Glades

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Last weekend early morning in Cedar Glades Park I photographed a bit of Nature on the side of the trail that I did not realized was an empty Box Turtle shell.  The sun was still low and I could not see everything clearly.  Later on the hike we discovered a male Box Turtle in the middle of the trail.  My husband Rick picked him up and to move him off the mixed use (mountain bikes and hikers) trail.  A team of three cyclists had buzzed past us earlier and now after seeing I had photographed an empty shell I know my husband likely saved a life that day.

Love to ALL!

Lee


Colorful Prairie Racerunner

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Usually a Prairie Racerunner Lizard is too fast for me to capture an image. I will see a tail diving into leaves or a blur of yellow streaking past me.  My wonderfully tall husband Rick spotted this beautiful Lizard and I immediately leap across rocks trying to get ahead of it. My attention was to catch an image as this colorful creature ran past me.  It was a surprise when we ended up facing one and other.  I stepped back onto a higher rock giving room in case it wanted to flee.  It didn’t so I was blessed to get these lovely images.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Feb 24-26 2014 First Signs of Spring

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In the Forest I see beyond sight to feel the beauty of our Earth. ~ Lee Hiller

I was a bit busy this past week and am late posting these.  Yesterday, March 03 we received another coating of ice and dusting of snow. Sadly this likely killed the early Wildflower Blossoms, Butterflies and Lizards I captured hiking a week ago. The Last week of February 2014 was in the upper 50s but, March roared bringing sub-freezing temperatures (11 degrees F).   Climate change continues to be brutal in Hot Springs National Park.

This preview of Spring feels so long ago…

Love to ALL!
Lee


Early Spring Arrivals in Purple and Blue

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I sit inside today watching lightning strikes, pea size hail and heavy rain.  The darkening sky mimics night as a series of storms blow through for a forecast of five hours.

When my husband and I took a quick hike yesterday the sky was a brilliant blue with a spectacular winter sun warming the Rocks and Forest floor.  Beautiful patches of Bluets, Chickweed and Dog Violets dotted the park trail and road edges.  A familiar scurrying sound was ever present as we interrupt lizard sunbathing on the trail edges.  A big male Prairie Lizard flashes his bright blue belly scales from on top of a cluster of Rocks.  It had not rained for 5 days but the soil was saturated and seeping on several trails. It appears as if the drought has lifted in time to create a spectacular spring for 2013.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Hike Our Planet Nature Break Video

I am never lost in the mountains, it is where I found myself. ~ Lee Hiller


As Summer Heat Fades Signs of Autumn Appear on the Hiking Trails

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The Universe’s Love caresses the earth, its golden embrace fills my Soul in mornings first light.  ~ Lee Hiller-London

Summer heat is fading into cooler days and the Forest has begun its transition to autumn.  Early morning light illuminates the Forest as I head up the Canyon Trail on West Mountain. Beautiful wildflowers abound on the Oak and West Mountain Trails in purple (Southern Blazing Star and Common Dittany), green, pink (Slender Bush-Clover and Small Leaf Tick-Trefoil), yellow (Partridge Pea and Yellow false Foxglove), blue (Asiatic Dayflower) and white (Nodding Ladies’ Tresses, Flowering Spurge and Deerberry).

Colorful False Turkey Fantail Fungi are banded in green, gold, rust, burgundy, grey, purple and white cover fallen Forest giants.  Autumn Leaves have begun to dot the landscape both in the Trees and on the path.  Spectacular leaves of vibrant yellow, rich red and bright pink glow in the rising morning sun.  Baby Lizards are darting back and forth as I reach the top of West Mountain and onto the Sunset Trail.  The view of the valley below stretches far to the Ouachita Mountain Forests past the sparkling blue Lakes of Catherine and Hamilton.

Delicately moving in the distance among the Trees Whitetail Deer scatter at the tiniest sound.  A small Nuthatch hops skyward on a tall Short Leaf Pine as I hold my breath and try to get closer to a young Buck nibbling on leaves.  Cool breezes gently tug at my hair as I stop to watch Common Dittany swaying gracefully along the trail edges. When I step out of the Forest I glace back once more into its beauty before I head home.

Much Love to ALL!
Lee


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