It is a lovely autumn afternoon and my beloved husband Rick is beginning to recover from his recent dental surgery. We decided to take a stroll on the lower reaches of Hot Springs Mountain to help him heal. Clouds drift across the sky interacting with the sun in a spectacular display. Rick discovered online this phenomenon might be called Sundogs. The sun in Hot Springs National Park often interacts with the clouds over our valley creating a rainbow effect.
Beautiful Orange Sulphur Butterflies are dancing over the newly blooming False Garlic Wildflowers. Their colorful orange and yellow wings look like fluttering drops of sunlight. A delightful ballet as we head into the final weeks of warmth. Bird song resonates from a beautiful berry laden Bush, a sweet Mockingbird is belting out a beautiful song. In-between soulful tunes it takes time to feast on the abundant red orbs clustered on each branch.
A stroll home through Hot Spring’s Historic District reveals that autumn is transforming the Trees as the city begins a Holiday decoration spree. The once pink blossoming Cherry Trees are now covered in leaves of red and green. It is amazing how quickly 2011 is moving toward its conclusion.
Love to ALL!
This was a gorgeous hike and though a short one; we got to see and hear so much. It was all amazing; always is; and love the photos. Love ur LH Rick xx0x0