Photographing Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point

Photographing Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point

 

 

 

 

 

Whitaker point

Hawksbill Crag, aka Whitaker Point) just before sunset.


Over the last weekend I spent a little time in Boxley Valley, near Ponca, Arkansas. One of the most photographed rocks in Arkansas, Hawksbill Crag (otherwise known as Whitaker Point), is a landmark of the Buffalo River and a favorite hike among many. Our goal was to get some Milky Way shots of the famous Hawksbill Crag. The window for getting the shot was very slim, between our schedules, the moon movement of the moon we only had a few days. The weather forecast was initially favorable, clear skies and cooler. As we arrived to the trail to the crag, the clouds started moving in. The clouds hung around for the vast majority of the night, they cleared for about an hour around 4 am, and then came back for sunrise. With heavy overcast for sunrise, we packed up and headed out while it was still cool.
Maybe next time.
Spending a few days in Boxley Valley area is always awesome, even if the planned shots don’t pan out.

The view from Whitaker Point (hawksbill crag) during the middle of the night.

The view from Whitaker Point (hawksbill crag) during the middle of the night.

This is the most that the clouds cleared for us that night; The Milky Way shining from behind some high thin clouds.

This is the most that the clouds cleared for us that night; The Milky Way shining from behind some high thin clouds.

 

 

 

 

Hawksbill Crag lit by moonlight.

Hawksbill Crag lit by moonlight.

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