I did not think I would be hiking for five hours when I stepped out the door. A big storm is coming so I wanted to photograph all the lovely Wildflowers and Flowering Trees prior to the arrival of the high winds, rain and lightning. It never occurred to me there would be so many spring blooms along the trails. I kept hiking taking photographs following Wildflowers and lovely song birds.
As I leaned in to take a photograph of a Birds-Foot Violet on the Goat Rock Trail I found myself eye to eye with a Northern Green Anole. Now brown and blending into the Tree to my side it was a wonderful surprise. It was a joy to find both pink Oxalis and Pussy Toes sprinkled along the tail edge between patches of Violets. When I arrive at the Hot Springs Mountain Trail head there is a lovely field of Springs Beauty. They are a spectacular display of small white with pink stripe Wildflowers.
Along the Hot Springs Mountain Road rich purple wild Violets have sprung up within the dark green foliage. Wonderful blossoming Trees are glowing in the morning light along the road leading to the top of the mountain. Nature has brought a glorious early spring to Hot Springs and the National Park.
Please enjoy part one of my photographic spring journey before the winter storm this weekend.
Love to ALL! Dance across the Mountains and Forests with me.