HSNP North Mt Bird-Foot Violet January 2016
On the 6th Anniversary of my Hike Our Planet Blog it seems appropriate there would be a Violet blooming in the 2016 late afternoon winter sun. In 2010 a little Wildflower caught my attention after a snow melt. It had survived the icy blanket and was both strong and delicate in its struggle to survive. It was me. I had been sleepwalking for many years and suddenly felt an awakening. Hiking and photography removed the veil. I could see the wonder of the Universe through the eyes of my childhood.
Find your passion and remember the wonder of seeing as a child.
Love to ALL!
PS: I later discovered it was called a Bird-Foot Violet (Viola pedata) aka Bird’s Foot Violet, Birds-foot violet, Crow Foot Violet. They have been my favorites and a sign that my Mother is always with me (Violets were her favorite flower).
PPS: Special Thanks to my Beloved Husband Rick for being a supportive friend, husband and hiking partner.
Hot Springs National Park Goat Rock Trail WildFlowers 2010
Every Spring my blog posting are filled with a variety of Violets. To be honest I understand some of might be thinking, “Why so many Violet photographs?”
HSNP Goat Rock Trail Bird Foot Violet
Each violet reminds me of my Mother as they were always her favorite flower. She wore Devon Violets and lovingly tended the patches Violets blooming along the walkway leading to our front porch.
My Mom passed away in August of 2010 as I was rediscovering my passion for Nature photography. In February of 2010 after the winter snow melted I was hiking the Goat Rock Trail in Hot Springs National Park. Amid the dried Leaves and dots of green I noticed a tiny purple flower. It was the discovery of that pretty Bird Foot Violet pushing through the Forest floor debris that begun my love affair with wildflowers. I printed the photo and sent it to her in Oregon. During that Spring I regularly sent her photos of the different violets I discovered while hiking.
I hope you will continue to read my blog each spring even though they will as always be filled with Violets.
Love to ALL!