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Tiny Woodpeckers Beneath the Late Summer Leaves

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“Time stills beneath the canopy of leaves cradled in Natures song.” ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


Early Autumn Confetti

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“Life dances upon my Heart as an autumn Leaf on a gentle breeze.” ~ Lee Hiller


Wildflowers and Whitetail Deer

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The trails in Hot Springs National Park are decorated in purple and gold with the arrival of late summer Wildflowers.  Glorious Aster and Goldenrod reach up from a Forest floor covered in dried Leaves from years past.  Humidity blankets the valley casting glimmering blue light across the Zig Zag and Ouachita Mountains.

A Whitetail Doe takes care to shield her fawns from passing hikers.  She kindly steps out from the brush when we are alone and allows me to capture her beauty.  Her summer coat is shedding to make way for the new growth she will need for the upcoming colder weather.  It is a joy to have seen her as a young adult, pregnant and now a Mother.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Summer Forest Shimmers with Light and Life

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“If we carry only what we need on our journey life will be light.” ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


Soft Light of Morning Reveals Tiny Beings

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Morning has my favorite photography magic hour. Luckily in the Hot Springs National Park it generally lasts longer than 60 minutes depending on which mountain we are hiking.  The small mammals, insects and birds love the magical light too!

Love to ALL!
Lee


How I became a Birder

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In 2009 when I began my foray into Nature photography I was not a birder.  When I began hiking in Hot Springs National Park during the winter of 2009-2010 Birds became my companions.  Even in the harshest weather Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Sparrows, Mockingbirds and Pine Warblers were with me along each trail.  In those early days of hiking I only had my 5-year-old Sony Cybershot and each clear shot of a moving bird felt like a miracle.  I used to call my camera the “Magic Box” as often I had no clue what I had captured until I returned home and scoured the Internet for bird identification.

To get better shots of the many beautiful birds I would stand out-of-sight in the pagoda on Hot Springs Mountain.  One morning in February of 2010 as I was looking out over the valley when I heard loud squawking on the lawn below.  I glance down and saw a flock of Robins grabbing at seeds and in the melee were smaller Birds holding their own. The Lovely Creatures of the Forest on the Hot Springs Trails  I realized they were the same type of Bird I had seen briefly in January.

The exotic markings on the Cedar Waxwing made me take a second look all Birds.  I began to see them all with a greater appreciation for their unique and individual beauty. Nature’s winged artistry.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Light Flows and Caresses The Forest At Dusk

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The dipping light at dusk flows like golden liquid as it caresses the Forest.  Exquisite details emerge as beings appear to greet the impending night. This is not a time for clarity of focus, it is a time to capture a world the waning light chooses to share.

Love to ALL!

Lee


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