Within the stillness of the dawn the Forest speaks softly of the new day. ~ Lee Hiller London
A beautiful spring morning in the park unfolds as I look skyward to see a rainbow painting the shimmering clouds above the rising sun. The trails are peaceful in the early light, a gentle breeze provides relief from the humidity and climbing temperature. Lovely Squirrels are foraging throughout the park for breakfast. Tufted Titmice (or is that Titmouses) are abundant and their song echoes softly on the trails. I have had a wonderful morning hike…
Field Notes: For the first time in the three years I have been hiking in Hot Springs National Park I witnesses squirrels searching for liquid via human sources. First a Squirrel hopped past me carrying a lid with a red straw, it sat down and feverishly started licking trying to get all the liquid. As I was observing the first Squirrel with the straw another Squirrel strolled past with a cup. The straw, lid and cup appeared to have at one time contained a coffee beverage. Above me another Squirrel comes down a Tree to watch, we glance at each other then continued to stare.
Now the serious stuff… when you visit Hot Springs National Park PLEASE use the garbage receptacles! They are specially designed to keep curious wildlife from obtaining human food and garbage. These are not cartoons Squirrels as depicted in “Over the Hedge” and “Hoodwinked“. In the wild a squirrel plus caffeine could be fatal not funny. Thank You!
Much Love to ALL!
Gorgeous photographs. Thanks for sharing with us,
Gorgeous blog. Was sad to see the squirrels grabbing at cups but so glad we had a fairly good rain last nite and this a.m. Can sense a lot of happy animals in the forest. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hike. Can’t wait to go again. Love ur LH Rick