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Posts tagged “Magnolia

A Sparrow guides me on my search for Autumn Leaves

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You can see answers from the Universe in even the smallest Sparrows eyes. ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!

Lee


Elusive Winged Beauty in the Heat

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I visited the Forest estate in Malvern again and was surprised by the variety of birds.  Even though some of the grounds were being mowed and they did not appear to be used to humans seeking them out they did allow me to glimpse their beauty.

It was 103 in Hot Springs when my beloved husband and I took a short (very short hike).  I spotted a lovely Mockingbird singing, it held its wings slightly open as it wove a melody.  I wonder if the wing position gave some relief from the overpowering heat and humidity.

Love to ALL!
Lee


The little details in the late spring Forest

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I was mooned by a Lady Bug and found a small dead Crab (Arkansas does not have a coastline) on a trail…  Beautiful purple Skullcap is in full bloom and lovely Birds have returned to nest in the park.  The mystery bird call which starts with a loud low rumble followed me on the Short Cut Trail on Hot Springs Mountain.  The last time I heard this mystery bird call was on North Mountain.  Pretty Fungi sculptures grew out stumps and trail edges. Southern Magnolias are displaying buds, blooms and seed pod creation.  It is a beautiful show of color white, green, rust and red.

Let life flow through the filter of your Heart. ~

Love to All!
Lee


First Magnolias, Venus Looking Glass and Baby Birds

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Southern Magnolias line Bath House Row in Hot Springs National Park. From a distance the white blossoms look like popcorn sprinkling the dark green foliage.  Up close the lovely creamy white petals glow in the spring sun.  Sheltered in the leaves baby sparrows await their dad who is bringing them lunch.

Glorious purple Venus Looking-Glass are blooming along the Hot Springs Mountain Trail.  Their star like blooms layer the green foliage with rich color.  Spring grasses ripple in a gentle breeze creating the illusion that the trail is moving. Above me a lovely juvenile Squirrel grooms her still pristine spring fur.

It has been another perfect day in the Forest…

Love to ALL!
Lee


Happy Yom Kippur – To those who helped me, I thank you with all my Heart…

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HSNP Arlington Lawn Southern Magnolia

Yom Kippur is only hours away and I am embraced in the beauty of renewal in Hot Springs National Park. The blushing Magnolia Pods are releasing the burden of their Seeds before they fall to be later replaced in the Spring with delicate buds which open into white blossom.

To those I may have wronged,
I ask forgiveness.
To those I may have helped,
I wish I had done more.
To those I neglected to help,
I asked for understanding.
To those who helped me,
I thank you with all my Heart…

A special Thank You to my Beloved Husband Rick London <3

Love to ALL!
Lee

HSNP Fountain Street Lawn Southern Magnolia


Wildlife, Wildflowers and Magnolias in a Lovely Spring Morning

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I Love heading into the Forest before the sun has crested Hot Springs Mountain.  It is a world of shadow and half light where Nature is waking from her slumber.  I knew it was going to be a perfect morning when I immediately spot an old friend, Bob the Squirrel.  I call her Bob because sometime before we met 3 years ago a portion of her tail had been removed (bobbed).  Her survival skills and parenting have always made her a welcome site.

As I head up the mountain I find 2 clusters of Daisy Fleabane waving in the cool breeze. On the Carriage Road I have the feeling I am not alone.  Looking up I expect to see a bird, but it is instead a lovely Squirrel hanging upside down watching me.  By the steps heading up the Dead Chief Trail a single blue Asiatic Dayflower glows by a steam vent.

The soft glow of Yellow Sunflowers dot the trail edges as the sun lightly illuminates the way forward. Two purple Asters are peeking out from sparse greenery.  The Short Cut Trail is slowly awakening as light begins to caress the canopy. At the top of the Mountain I am taken by the gentle rustling of the Leaves, a soft morning melody. It is a peaceful hike around the eastern side of Hot Springs Mountain, I had forgotten how beautiful the trail is in the first light.

When I reach the north side the sun is beginning to reach over and bird song leads me to a tiny Carolina Chickadee. An adult and juvenile Blue Jay are supervising flight training of a lovely little fledgling.  It is beautiful watching them diving in and out of the Pine Trees calling to one and other.  While I am enjoying the show my camera battery goes dead so I change it out.  As I snap in the battery I glance to my side and see a glowing shape on the trail ahead of me.  Standing illuminated in a single patch of bright light it take me moment to realize it is a Deer.  A lovely Doe has been watching me and after several seconds she gracefully trots off into the Forest.

I head home down the Floral Trail and take another tour past the lovely Magnolia… it has been a beautiful morning in the Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Mockingbird Babies, Magnolias and May Looks Like August

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There are 10 days left in May and we are into our 2nd week of 90+ temperatures.  Spring Wildflowers barely had time to bloom in early April before the heat took over and they withered. Bird numbers appear to be lower in most areas in the park, but Lizard and Turtle numbers are up. Magnolia leaves are loosing their glossy deep green and now are olive or a toasted brown color.

Today I decided to try and get a few Southern Magnolia photographs before they all turn brown.  As I was hiking from Tree to Tree I noticed the park service was watering all the small decorative foliage in the groomed areas of the park.  This is not the first time I have seen them do this, but usually it happens late in the summer, not spring.  The usually lush spring green grasses have already dried and small Trees are loosing their Leaves.

The fragile delicate balance needs us to stop heating our planet Earth…  I am already planning my fire escape routes for every trail before I hike. We really need some rain to feed the Forest!

On a brighter note Nature still has wonderful surprises even on the hottest days.  I found a few lovely creamy Southern Magnolias and watched a lovely Mockingbird flight school for new offspring.  Nature calls to my Heart to come and see her beauty…

Love to ALL!
Lee


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