Field Notes: January 22 2011 It was a “will I” or “won’t I” hike morning, “I will” of course won out. Nature rewarded my efforts to overcome my indecision with the sighting of many beautiful creatures. I arrived at the Peak Trail as a mother Blue Jay was installing her Chick in a Tree. It […]
Field Notes: The language of the Forest is beautiful and complex, I feel blessed whenever it shares it’s songs with me. Learning the language of many species has allowed me to photograph them in the wild as they are mean to be seen. No cages to trap them, no food to lure them; behaviors that […]
Saturday in the Park… A beautiful morning, a cool breeze has dropped the warmer temperatures of the past week. It is Sunny and 55 degrees as I head into the Park via a Floral Trail as a sweet Black-Capped Chickadee begins a song to the sun. As I climb higher on the North Mountain the sound of Chipmunks and Squirrels foraging add to the Forest symphony. I connect with the Lower Dogwood Trail and continue to the Upper Dogwood Trail. The joy in being close to Nature fills my heart.
The American Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) one of my favorite Trees in Hot Springs National Park. Its star shaped leaves create a glorious canopy in the spring through summer and its seed hold moisture for birds in the winter. However it is the spectacular display of color transition in the autumn that makes it a […]
Field Notes: Friday, January 28th 2011 I have finally hiked the Caddo Bend Trail at Lake Ouachita State Park, another first for my adventures in Arkansas. The trail is labeled strenuous, side note: rugged surface is perfect for twisted ankles, tripping over hidden objects and trying to figure out how the trail disappeared. BE PREPARED […]