Let your Dreams carry you to unexpected destinations. ~ Lee Hiller
Nature shares the wisdom of the Universe with all who listen. ~ Lee Hiller
To my fellow #photo101 participants… it has been a lovely week.
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!
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!