Today is my First Wedding Anniversary… I had a lovely early morning stroll in Hot Springs National Park with my beloved husband Rick. A breeze lifted a bit of the heat even though the skies were dotted with dark clouds.
Lovely creatures join us as we moved along the promenade. A sweet Carolina Chickadee sings between pecking at a green seed held against a branch above us in a leafy Tree. Further up the path a juvenile Northern Mockingbird is hopping in and out of the gaps in a chain link fence. Ants feasted on something dropped on the brick surface and a Squirrel is foraging for Nuts on a rise to our left. Below us a colorful Mourning Dove gathers vital nesting materials. It is a perfect day immersed within Natures Love at my Husband’s side.
Much Love to ALL!
Happy 1st Anniversary to my Beloved Husband Rick
A male Red-Bellied Woodpecker flew to a large Tree where the Squirrels all store their nuts. He hopped up the side to a knot in the trunk, stuck his beak in, dug and pulled until he had a nut. The Woodpecker turned it’s head to show off the prize and then flew off with it in it’s beak.
It was a a festival of nut gathering and the park was buzzing with squirrels. They were everywhere digging, pulling, carrying and eating. There was a wonderful Ninja Squirrel striking a standing squat pose, while another was dropping nut casing on my head from high in a Tree. There was leaping, running and diving as each worked it’s small territory across the park lawns. It was a delightful sight.
Autumn is still a mix of green, gold, rust and fiery red leaves all along the promenade. The lowering sun ignites the color within each Tree. A flock of racing pigeons are taking their regular night stop on the top of the hospital tower. As the sun begins to set behind West Mountain a glimpse of Heaven appears in the sky. A Blue Moon rises to finish the perfect hike with my beloved husband.
Step outside and enjoy Nature’s elegant seasonal transition.