Sunday, April 11, 2021—Lake Sylvia Nature Trail and a Life Photo

Kay met Aker’s mom at Bryant so that Aker could return home. She had a great weekend at KK’s and DD’s, her first time to overnight alone with us. As with the other grandkids, she is growing up entirely too fast, or perhaps we’re growing old entirely to fast!

After early church, I drove to Lake Sylvia in Ouachita National Forest to hike the Lake Sylvia Trail. It was the first time to visit the US Forest Service (USFS) Lake Sylvia Recreation Area. It was obvious that COVID19 had taken its toll on maintenance. The picnic and day use area was closed, the camping area was open but prohibited hikers from parking. However, there was a parking area further up the road. Information on the internet indicated that the trailhead was difficult to find, and with that mind preset, I didn’t look very long. There was another trailhead at the parking area, and I began hiking/strolling that trail. Immediately, there were a few Fire Pink blooms adjacent to the trail. 

Fire Pink along the Lake Sylvia Nature Trail
Fire Pink along the Lake Sylvia Nature Trail

And then I heard a buzzing sound, and a hummingbird darted into the viewfinder screen; it was so fast that I could hardly change focus. Luckily, I was able to make these two photographs. This proved to be the highlight of the week.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird zeroing in on Fire Pink
Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring on Fire Pink

The trail was short, and only a few additional wildflowers were observed.

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