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A Beautiful Mosaic of Spring Emerges From May Showers

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I relinquish the burden of the past to step lightly toward my future. ~ Lee Hiller

May showers arrive as waves of thunderstorms barreling out of Texas and Kansas into Arkansas.  After each passing storm the ground cover thickens and new Wildflowers appear as others multiple across the Forest floor.  A lovely Mourning Dove walks us down the trail as a Male Cardinal and Red-Eyed Vireo serenade. Each colorful Wildflower becomes a tile in an always changing Spring Mosaic.

Another line of thunderstorms are heading our way and I wonder what new life the rain will bring forth. Nature patiently teaches us the beauty of change.  Nothing can stay the same, nor would we want and unchanging landscape to greet us each day.  Her subtle shifts between each season soften our Hearts to the unpredictability of life.

Love to ALL!
Lee


A Passion For Purple – Venus Looking Glass

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Nature shares the wisdom of the Universe with all who listen. ~ Lee Hiller

One of my favorite Wildflowers are beginning to appear along the Goat Rock Trail.  The rick purple blossoms of the Venus Looking Glass populate the tall green stalks rising up toward the spring sun.

This is a wonderful time to explore as Nature continues to reveal more beautiful Wildflowers.

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


The Bounty of the Spring Forest is a Feast for the Birds

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As we move through the spring Forest we see the obvious new greenery and colorful wildflowers.  Beautiful butterflies soar above us on gentle spring breezes landing only to feed on the pollen dusting the Forest canopy and rock ledges.  The bounty of beauty also provides a feast for the birds migrating throughout the park.  A moveable feast that will provide nutrition to mating pairs and their soon to emerge offspring.  They boldly display to my lens grubs, caterpillars and a variety of winged insects dangled proudly from clenched beaks.  The park birds are beautiful winged hunters searching for their next tasty meal.

Love to ALL!
Lee


2011 Winter Spring Summer Wildflowers in Arkansas Pt 2

Each of the Wildflowers in this three part 2011 series are in order of discovery Part 2 begins in April 2011
If you missed Part One Click Here

HSNP Tufa Terrace Trail Baby Blue Eyes

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Krigia Potato Dandelion

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Wild Hyacinth American Lady Butterfly

HSNP Floral Trail Pink Phlox

Hot Springs Mountain Trail Birds Foot Violet

HSNP Fordyce Estate Sunset Trail Purple Spiderwort

HSNP Peak Trail Alpine Bluets Spring Early Morning

HSNP Gulpha Gorge Trail Ouachita Blazing Star

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Twistflower

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Cone Flower

Hot Springs Mountain Road Cranesbill Geranium

HSNP Carriage Road Dandelions

Lake Catherine State Park Horseshoe Trail Venus Looking-Glass

Lake Catherine State Park Horseshoe Trail Goat’s Rue

Fountain Street Heal-All

More to come… to continue to Part Three Click Here
If you missed Part One Click Here


May 2011 Hiking Highlights with My Husband Rick

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May has been a busy month of hiking, designing and writing.  My beloved husband Rick also began hiking after a year marked by several health set backs. I am so proud of him and the courage he has shown in beginning a regular exercise routine, especially as we are heading into the humid months of summer.  You are a true survivor my wonderful husband!

Often I have extra photographs from our joint excursions into the Mountains and little time to write a complete blog each time.  I have decided to create a monthly blog featuring photographs from our joint hikes.  There have been wonderful sightings of lovely Squirrels, a shy Turtle, tiny Chipmunk, curious male Cardinal, a flock of Canada Geese and a bold Coopers Hawk.  We are blessed to have close (across the street) access to the beautiful spring trails of vibrant green decorated with spectacular Wildflowers and Fungi within Hot Springs National Park.

Much Love to Everyone!
Lee


West Mountain Spring Pink Fire and a Dung Beetle Video

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I am having one of those crazy weeks where I am fighting to catch up with… everything! Aside from normal family activities I have been hiking, designing, blogging, tweeting and editing my photographs. So I am taking a deep breath and admitting to an inability to catch up.  Today my blog will be an exercise in brevity.

Highlights of my hike included colorful Fungi, spectacular Pink Fire Wildflowers, beautiful spring trails and an industrious Dung Beetle. Please enjoy the photographs and video of my hike on West Mountain in Hot Springs National Park!

Love to You ALL!
Lee


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