I love the Boxley Valley area in Arkansas. In case you don’t know where that is, its near Ponca. Yep bet you haven’t heard of that either. Jasper and Harrison are 2 other towns in the area but the area is best know for the elk.
There is so much to do in that area and fall is a great time to visit. The colors along the Buffalo River were wonderful and I spent hours traipsing up and down the banks
I also had the chance to do some night photography. I have wanted to play more with star tracks and this trip I was able to setup on the porch of our cabin and get a great shot.
Elegant Egrets! –Our family, when I was growing up, spent many a vacation at Dyersburg Tn visiting relatives. Upon occasion we would go up to Reelfoot Lake while there. I have such fond memories of those visits and the beauty there. It was a lake formed when the region subsided during the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes. The earthquakes resulted in several major changes in the landforms over a widespread area, with shocks being felt as far away as Quebec, Canada. The lake covered an area that had cypress trees. These trees are still in the lake. Some in the area are over 500 years old. WOW. We had the opportunity a few weeks ago to camp at Reelfoot Lake. It is still as beautiful as I remembered. Between the birds, the water, and the cypress trees, I was in a photographers haven. The egrets were everywhere along with herons and cormorants. They line the banks and were also found out in the middle of the lake up in trees. We went out on the lake both on a pontoon boat with a guide and on a canoe and were able to both follow along the banks and go out into the main lake were lone cypress trees stood full of the various birds. The cypress trees with just a touch of color made for a beautiful backdrop for these Elegant Egrets…
This past Monday I decided to take off to Springfield to pick up some additional camera equipment with thoughts of the upcoming eclipse – I know I know – should have done that months ago… But anyway Bedford Camera had what I was looking for, so Dan, Anni and I took off. After getting my camera equipment, we picked up lunch and wanted to find a nice spot to sit outdoors and eat. I hadn’t been around Springfield Lake too much so decided might be a good spot. We had a nice lunch with a great view, even got to see 2 different types of herons – and yes, I took a few shots of them. Decided to then find a nice trail to hike. There were a couple in the area. After hiking and hiking for hours deep into the woods we happened upon 2 does and 2 spotted fawns – well not really, Dan told me to say that – ha! BUT in reality we were driving to the trail and along the road 2 does and 2 spotted fawns were right along the road. In some ways it made it harder as I knew if I got out of the car, off they would run and there is no way to setup a tripod in the car – ha. Did capture a few fun shots though. There is something special about fawns with their spots still on. Made my day.
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