Softly falls the snow, it whispers a sweet song as it caresses the earth with its delicate touch. ~ Lee Hiller
Field Notes January 10 2011:
High upon the Mountain was that magic time when the only sound is the occasional whoosh of snow falling from a limb or leaf. A meditative walk on trails of pristine snow with only the occasional crossing of Deer tracks. A perfect place of calm where you can hear your own heart beating in the silence. These are the moments when Nature whispers within the Forest, a message that fills the Soul. I am a joy filled guest in Nature’s home, blessed to experience glorious moments of beauty.
You will note the many photos I have posted of a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker. There are gestures that would be missed if I posted only the obvious images. If you look closely you will see pecking and picking at the bark, followed by the resting of his head against the Tree to listen for a potential meal. These are the wonderful behaviors we often miss when food lures are used to produce art quality images. As much as I enjoy discovering I have taken that near perfect photograph what I truly Love is capturing Natures creatures busy with their natural behaviors. There is so much to learn about their incredible lives in the wild.
Today I photographed a lovely new Forest friend, a Hermit Thrush. Special Thank You to Mark Corder for the identification. This sweet bird adapts its diet to remain in Arkansas throughout the year, eating insects in spring/summer and berries in autumn/winter. A small brown bird that on closer inspection has beautiful subtle markings allowing it to blend into the newly bare branches of winter. How could I not adore this sweet bird?
I was blessed to see two favorite birds of winter in the park this morning. The lively little Juncos that I rarely see in the summer and autumn seem to magically appear on every trail when winter arrives. They always appear to to be highly adept energetic foragers. How could you have a snow hike without the beauty of colorful Cardinal sitting in contract to the white of newly fallen snow? They brave the cold and bring colorful beauty to the winter Forest.
Thank You for taking a snow day with me.
Love to ALL!