Humidity is hanging heavy in the Forest (81%), fortunately a breeze is working to relieve the heat. The haze of heated moisture shimmers causing the new green leaves and wildflowers to glow softly. Although my lungs were not appreciative of the visible liquid in the air, my lens found beauty in it light.
On a ridge above the bright yellow flower of a Prickly Pear Cactus reaches up like a delicate sun goblet filled with light. Bright pink Hairy Small-Leaf Tick-Trefoil and Ouachita Shooting Stars have begun to appear on the slopes of North Mountain. At the base of North Mountain Hackberry Emperor Butterflies cover my lens and jacket making it impossible to photograph them. In the early light beautiful Mourning Cloak Butterflies move with rapid grace between the leaves as an Orange Sulphur Butterfly samples the sweet clover flowers below.
Each hike is a new adventure in the changing Forest…
Love to ALL!