The Spring Rain was back again today, it left a glossy coating on everything. I notice a cool rock as I enter the park, black with a vein of white. The Spring blossoms and tree buds are glistening from the mist of the light rain. The park is quiet as I hike up the Dead Chief to the Short Cut Trail. The trail ahead harbors an unexpected sighting, a small well fed cat/kitten is standing far up the path. I try to get close enough to the take a clear photo, but as I take a step forward it is off like a rocket.
The rain begins to increase as I reach the top, still no small birds or indigenous mammals. At I cross the Hot Springs Mountain Road to connect with the west side of the Mountain I notice a lovely patch of Common Violets. Their delicate purple petals stand strong against the spring rain.
As I head down the Hot Springs Mountain Trail the sky grows darker and I notice how the rock colors and green Lichen stand out. The bark color has deepened making the new spring leaves appear to twinkle in the breeze. Each day the forest has new beautiful changes.
On the Honeysuckle Trail I am greeted by a lovely Pine Warbler. It is a surprise when it lands on the trail in front of me, staring then showing me it’s foraging find. As it flys away a Red Bellied Woodpecker lands in the tree above me. It has been a long time since I heard it’s cackling call. I am smiling as I connect with the Peak Trail and head to the Promenade.
On the sides of the promenade Wildflowers are blooming and I see lovely purple Henbit and Dead Nettle patches. It’s a gorgeous way to finish my hike.
Treat yourself to a dip in Nature :o)
Love to You All!