Rejoice in the darkest clouds, they bring life to the earth and all her beings with each drop of rain. ~ Lee Hiller
A long long time ago in what is now called Hot Springs National Park the hot springs Bubbled freely. Unconstrained by man the vapors rose high above the mountains and valleys creating a rainbow vale. Sometimes when the spring pressure becomes too great stream rises from vents throughout the park to reveal a glimpse of the once great rainbow vale dancing among the clouds and weaving through the Trees. I feel blessed to have captured photographs of this beautiful display on several occasions.
The rainbow clouds are gentle reminder we were not the first to explore the beauty of Hot Springs National Park… but we are the first Beings to constrain her healing beauty for profit.
Story Of Manutaka
“For thousands of years, this magnificent site was the gathering place of many nations. Tribal leaders and spiritual elders made pilgrimages to the Great Ma-na-ta-ka Mountain to sit in great councils with many tribes. Some came every seven years, others came every eleven years, and others made the journey more frequently depending on local custom.
Tribal leaders prayed and made peace offerings to the Creator, the Great Manataka (Place of Peace) Mountain and each other. They danced and sang around huge campfires in the narrow valley situated between the Manataka mountain and her sister mountain, today called North Mountain. Her other sister mountain, today called Indian Mountain stood guardian to her east. Daughters of the first nations gathered rare medicinal herbs found in great abundance in a large area surrounding Manataka in the shape of a circle. Their sons found precious clear crystals, gold, silver, pyrite, and whetstones.”
Love to ALL!