Today as the storm rages across Hot Springs National Park I am reminded how quickly Nature can change what is familiar. Thunder drowns out the once melodic bird calls and heavy rain obscures Hot Springs Mountain from my view. Life giving rain has come to the state and thankfully will reduce the fire risk in the Mountains surrounding our home.
Yesterday a beautiful dark cloud sunrise awaited us as we left home to head into the park. The sweet female bob-tail Squirrel watched us from her perch at the base of a lamp post on the Arlington Lawn. When we reached the Promenade the park is awash in Squirrels foraging for there breakfast. As we passed they watch us from the Trees lining the Promenade. Perhaps based on today’s weather their activity was a clue to the impending storms.
Further along we witness the same Mockingbird singing and hopping as seen in my video from my last blog. Even House Sparrows are now perching atop the bath house roofs in the National Park. Appears the song birds are selecting territory in the Historic District. A large Fly looking Insect (Horse Fly?) with psychedelic eyes is using it’s proboscis to feed on something that spilled on a bench. Not far from the hot water cascade a tiny female House Sparrow Peeks out from between green leaves above above me.
As we are leaving the park a gorgeous juvenile Blue Jay is flying between the Trees leading to the entrance. It settles in a nearby Tree and glance back at me as I take many wonderful photographs. It was a lovely morning in the park with my beloved husband.
The rains continues to feed the park with life giving water as I finish my blog…. Water Is Life!
Love of Nature fills my Soul with joy.
Love to ALL,