The Autumn Leaves are falling revealing hidden friends, I have missed them through these many months. As the rust, gold and red drift lazily down to the Forest floor, Trees are delicate dark scultures rising to meet the sky. Dancing on the trunks and limbs are winged beauties showcasing their vibrant songs flashing spectacular plumage. I know their voices from my year of hiking in the Mountains and am blessed to know who has arrived along the trail as I hike.
On the Short Cut Trail a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker kept a pecking rhythm as a Yellow-Rumped Warbler sang a lovely melody harmonizing with a Tufted Titmouse. On the Hot Springs Mountain Top Trail a lively light pipping sound is filling the air, I look up to see a sweet Brown Creeper moving from Tree Branches to Pine Cone clusters. As I move further along the path I see a lovely Chipmunk sunning on a rock to my side, its golden fur glistens in the light. Pecking grows louder as I head further up the trail, to my side I see a Male Downy Woodpecker pecking and digging to create a new home in a Tree.
As I am preparing to leave the park and head over to photograph a wonderful rainbow Tree near the visitors center I am happy to see a family of Northern Mockingbirds. Please note I did nothing to deserve “Sometimes Even Nature Flips Me The Bird :o)” it is why I adore these winged friends.
Thank You for coming into the Forest with me.