A dark morning awaits me as one storm finishes and another is not far behind. The skies darken as I head up Hot Springs Mountain. In the half light I can see beautiful blue Asiatic Dayflowers are painting the trail edges. A Spider Wasp is crawling across the trail seeking it prey. At the base of a Tree on the Peak Trail bursting forth from the moist ground are small beige mushrooms. On the Mountain top I connect with Hot Springs Mountain Trail as the clouds briefly part revealing rays of sunshine.
I decide to move quickly around the Mountain as the weather has been so unpredictable the past few days. As I come full circle around the mountain morning light has crested the Trees revealing song birds along the promenade. I spot my first House Finch peering at me from the a branch to my right. The lovely red on its head and chest is a contrast to the drab olive of the rest of its body. It is a wonderful first time encounter.
As I am preparing to head out of the park a Mockingbird appears on the fence post above me. I can see it has something for breakfast in its beak. Taking a step forward in an effort to catch more light for my photography I move slowly so as not to scare it away. Instead of moving away the Mockingbird flies over to the bush next to me to show off its morning catch. I am blessed to have so many wonderful Forest friends.
Best therapy in the world is time in Nature…
Love to ALL!