Since I wasn’t able to share all of our adventures while camping, with you on last week’s blog post, I thought I’d share more of my favorite photos from some of our hikes, this week. As you can see from the photos, it was very soupy the entire time, filling the air with mist and making us feel as if we were hiking deep in the Amazon jungle, which was fine with me, as that’s a place I’d love to visit someday! The moisture rich air created lush carpets of supple moss everywhere you looked, and I had to stop and pet it often. I think one of my favorite parts of a particular hike, was these two BIG wooden ladders. You climbed down one leading to the stream below, which we crossed and hiked alongside for a short distance before climbing back up another BIG ladder.
Being wet made them very slippery and it was a large span even for our long legs, which added even more excitement and adventure to the descending and ascending process for adrenaline junkie me! You can tell how large it is, by seeing the comparison to Wes standing up at the top right of the ladder, in the photo below.
The towering sandstone walls we walked alongside, were dotted with concave pockets, in varying sizes and depths.
The alcoves ranged from wee tiny to big, and each one was carpeted with lush moss, and filled with small ferns and other plants, and many housed at least one or more spider’s webs.
Some webs were tiny with a small hole in the middle, while others were triangle or oblong shaped. But this web shown below, was truly magnificent! It was a work of art created by a master engineer of silk, and the fact that it was adorned with literally thousands of water droplets collected from the moist air, added to the incredible beauty of it! It was constructed directly in the middle of the rock shelf and perfectly placed behind a lovely fern at the bottom, as if the spider had checked out the available property and built strictly with aesthetics in mind!
I believe it may have been the slowest we’ve ever hiked, as we couldn’t pass up any of these miniature terrariums of nature, and stopped to peer into each one, feeling as if we were looking into another very small world.
Each one was filled with an interesting assortment of greenery, including moss, ferns, wildflowers and more.
Salamanders obviously thrive in these juicy lush settings and it’s always a treat to see one of these amphibian beauties!
Some of the tightly spun webs greeted us with their owners guarding the entrance.
No matter how many cave-like openings we pass on our hikes, we can’t resist taking a look inside, and I thought this was a neat perspective, looking out from the inside.
Water was dripping from the entire towering hillside, filling the air with a symphony of water drops plopping into small pools of clear cold water below.
Wes spotted this amazing little moth, and at first glance thought it was a clump of hairy fungus. But upon closer inspection, he realized that it was indeed a beautiful fuzzy white moth with delicate peach-colored wings.
For a nature lover, and especially one that loves moss, ferns and tiny critters of all sorts, it was a woodland Disney World, and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our time spent peering into and being absorbed into these amazing little worlds!
I hope to finish my video this coming week, featuring our adventures while camping, and will upload it to our YouTube Chanel. So if you’re not already subscribing to our YouTube Chanel be sure to do so, to receive notifications when new videos have been added. I’ll also share the link on a future blog post as well.
See our miniatures in person this week
We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.
We still have paintings available through these miniature shows listed, so visit their websites linked below to see what can still be yours!
Masterpieces in Miniature
May 2021: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada
The Art of the Miniature XXIX
May 2 – June 13, 2021: The Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
To see our available miniature paintings, visit our website, artofwildlife.com
Would you like to commission us? If so, contact us by Email
Until Next Time ~ Rachelle