Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sometimes it does help to wake up before noon

I'm bored right now so I'm going to sit down and show off a whole bunch of pictures that I went to take the past few weeks but haven't done anything with. Are you excited?! Yay! This will be fun!

A few weeks ago I went out to this little area hidden inside a park in North Little Rock that has these great little waterfalls in it. A photographer friend of mine told me about it earlier in the year, and I had never made it out there when there was water in the little creek that makes the falls.

Hidden waterfall

The creek is actually very hidden, in fact I doubt there are many people who know exactly where it is. Considering a major trail runs right by here it is surprising that many people don't know about it.


There was a small cascade, which was flowing fairly well. I think there are more waterfalls above this one, but I was going to be late for work and had to sadly leave. I'm going to try to get back out there soon, since it's not that hard to reach....




The next Saturday I went out the with the camera again, heading downtown. I drove around for awhile and ended up sitting around Riverfront Park in North Little Rock.

The Junction Bridge

The light was a bit too harsh, but it was getting close to dark so I decided to sit around and wait for the sunset.

Broadway Bridge

On Broadway!

After sitting around and waiting and waiting, the sun finally set...


The light might have been a bit better if I had stayed down there longer, but about the time I took this I got a phone call reminding me that I was supposed to be somewhere. So I packed everything in and called it a night...

And then on this past Friday night, I had a lot of trouble falling asleep. I think I maybe got a few hours of sleep - but I woke up about 6 and was wide awake. This was odd - I usually prefer to sleep till noon or later, but here I was awake at the crack of dawn on a Saturday, no less. I looked out the window and saw that the apartment buildings that comprise my view were partially blocked by a really thick fog. Since I was awake, I figured, I might as well make something out of it. I grabbed the camera and headed over to the Big Dam Bridge. The fog was really thick there...

Big Dam (foggy) Bridge

Considering the weather was a bit crummy and how early it was (you mean people actually choose to get out this early - crazy), the bridge was a popular place. Lots of joggers and people zooming by on bikes. Quite a few photographers out too.

Big Dam Bridge and fog

This is looking west from the bridge. You should be able to see Pinnacle Mountain and the I-430 bridge from here. It was odd to hear traffic on the freeway bridge but not actually see it.

Lock and dam

I spent maybe an hour on the bridge, and the sun came up while I was there. I thought the sun would end up burning away the fog, but the sun barely made any difference there...

Big Dam Bridge and fog

There were also lots of people fishing around the bridge. They managed to catch a few fish in the few minutes I was taking pictures around them. Now I don't know how clean the river is, but I wouldn't eat anything from there.

Fishing in the shadow of the Big Dam Bridge

Bridge, fog, and fishermen

After leaving the bridge, I walked along part of the River Trail for a bit. I didn't stay out there too long since I wasn't actually all that interested in hiking the whole 20 miles or so of it...

The River Trail

The part of the trail that I walked ran alongside a small lake. This tree was growing along the shore...

Tree along the trail

I left the trail and the bridge, and decided to head over to Burns Park. The fog was really thick, and had settled over the entire city. It seemed to be even thicker at Burns Park then it did at the bridge.

Burns Park in the fog

I was heading down to the covered bridge in the park, but made a stop at this one area...

Of all the times I've been in this park I had never noticed this place. The little path in the picture below heads up to a small cemetery. The cemetery is where some of the original settlers of the area that is now Burns Park were buried back in the 1800's. It felt like the place was a bit forgotten and seemed like it didn't receive that many visitors...

Burns Park

Cemetery in Burns Park

I didn't notice this when I took it, but it looks like there is a spider hanging out on the tombstone. It's on the "F" in February...

The cabin of the people who are buried is located just across the street from the cemetery. It is really small - the bedroom in my apartment is bigger than the whole cabin:

Old cabin...

There wasn't a whole lot of traffic in the park that morning, I saw two other cars while I was out there...

Road Through Burns Park

So there wasn't anyone else there when I went to the covered bridge - just me and the fog...

Covered Bridge in Burns Park

Covered Bridge

I had been out for a few hours taking pictures and the fog was still hanging around. Maybe, just maybe, it would stick around a bit longer and I could shoot a few dozen more pictures. Since I was already in Dogtown I drove over to the Old Mill, which was shrouded with fog but swarming with other photographers. It looked like there was a couple getting their engagement or something photos taken. They would stand all around the front of the mill posing while their picture was taken. How rude, they really ruined my shots! The fog really seemed to bring people out, a saw another guy with a camera walk around - aggravated - that the couple were ruining the view. He eventually got fed up and left, but a few minutes later the couple finished and went on their way, finally clearing out of the way....

The Old Mill

After the Mill I took the fun drive down Snake Hill to visit the lake there. The fog was still thick along the lake, but it had the added bonus of a bunch of ducks too....

Lakewood fog


The guy who left the Old Mill was down here too. He asked me if the couple finally left. I told him that they did, but didn't mention that they left just a few minutes after he did. He got in his car a few minutes later and left, I guess, to go back to the Mill. There was probably another group of people up there getting their pictures taken when he got there...


Ducks and fog

The sun was finally able to break through the fog, which prompted me (along with the 2 hours of sleep I got) to call it a day. By the time I got back to my apartment most of the fog was gone. But I'm glad I somehow managed to be awake that early - maybe next weekend I'll set the alarm and wake up at 6:00 again.

Wait, 6? In the morning? That's crazy talk.

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