Lemonade, anyone?

Lemonade, anyone?

      Sometimes, it seems, the world is just out to get you. There is just no escaping it. All of the plans set in advance just wiped away by a single tree that falls in the woods. I have been planning to hike to a particular creek in the Ozark National Forrest for several weeks now. It is located in a very remote area of the park, access provided by a dirt road (labeled county road 59). I would be hesitant to really call it a road – per say – more of a dirt track that leads into the forest for about 6 miles. The first trip out, rain and freezing weather prevented us from going, so we rescheduled. This particular location is about a 2-hour drive, so getting there early in the day requires a very early morning. So, we get up at 4:30 in the morning to leave. It has been a little more than 2 hours of driving, did I mention, that I forgot my coffee? We finally arrive at CR59 and start driving in to the valley that we planed to hike. There was quite a bit of deadfall on the edges of the road that looked like it had recently been cleared. As we continued down this little dirt track as it winds towards the valley, we came upon a large tree that fell directly across the road. There was no way to go around, no way over. Completely impassable by vehicle, walking wasn’t really an option because the extra 4 miles of walking would probably put us on trail after...
Elk watching in Boxley Valley, Arkansas – Trip #3

Elk watching in Boxley Valley, Arkansas – Trip #3

My 3rd trip out to Boxley Valley proved to be quite a bit more exciting than last time. There were quite a few herds out in the fields in different areas in along the valley. The elk really like the lower temperatures and the rain that we had last night. There was a very large herd of elk in the first field when you drive into the valley.  We kept going through the valley, just to see what was going on, and we saw several small groups and several lone bulls wondering the valley. Eventually we came across a medium sized herd, the there were several bulls that were bugling and counter-bugling. I was really hoping to see a bullfight, or even some sparing, and if we were going to see any this was probably the spot. Sadly, though, no bull flights. The herd bull spent a fair amount of time chasing the other bulls that were there around, but none were willing to stand up to him. I did manage to get some shots of the herd bull bugling with his breath showing in the cold air. That was one that was on my list. On the way back home we stopped in Harrison, where the Harvest Homecoming was taking place on the square. Caite was happy, she found that there was someone there with a facepainting booth.          ...
Boxley Valley – Trip 2

Boxley Valley – Trip 2

Trip number two was a little bit of a bust. It is a two hour drive from Mountain Hime to Ponca, and when sunrise is on the agenda, that is a rough drive. It is much easier to make the drive there and back when everything pans out and you get what you came for. I woke up early, a round 4 am, so that I could plan on arriving in Ponca before 7 am. It had rained the night before, and was still raining a little on the drive to Ponca, and that was a good thing, usually, rain and lower temperatures will keep the elk out in the open a little longer. It should have been a perfect time for viewing elk. the time of year is right, the weather is right. perfect time of day. But not this time, when I arrived in Ponca and started down 43 to see the elk, there was just nothing going on. No herds out today. I saw a few lone bulls here and there, but no real action to photograph. On the way back I stopped to take a few landscape images. Well… Hopefully next time out I’ll have better luck. Just goes to show, You can do all the planning, and everything seems favorable, and for some reason nothing pans out. I still got to see a few elk, and got a nice view of farms and the passing storms, so at least its not a total loss....
Adding to my list of must see places – Whitaker Point

Adding to my list of must see places – Whitaker Point

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. I will be adding this spot to my list to visit often, as I am sure that it will look very different every season. The hike is a moderate difficulty walk for about 4 miles round trip (according to my gps) Here is the gps map, it is an interactive google map. The trail to the crag is not what I would call an easy walk, but most anyone should have no real problems getting there. The trail is well marked, and there is a lot to see here. There is a large waterfall ( that i will be going back to photograph) in the spring. Looking forward to my next visit. [nggallery id=5]...
Short walk on Robinson Point

Short walk on Robinson Point

I ordered a new lens last week, and it came in, and I thought maybe a short walk/hike would be a good place to try it out. Caitlyn and I decided to head to Robinson Point in Mountain Home, Arkansas. I didn’t use the new lens, I ended up carrying one body (Canon 6d) and 4 lenses (35/2.8 tilt-shift, 55/1.2, 85/1.2, and a 300/2.8) The Joke is on me, I used the 35 for all but the last image, which I used the 55 for. I ended up carrying almost 10lbs of gear that I didn’t even consider using. Here is a interactive map of our hike   I’ll post a full review with samples from the 300/2.8 soon, for now here are some of the images from todays walk....