Sunday, January 5, 2020


So 2019 has reached its end, so it's time to take a look back (with 2020 vision - sorry). The year was busy and chaotic, which is par for the course when you're spending most of it chasing after an exuberant three year old. But I was lucky enough to have some time to take a few pictures, so below is look back at some of my favorite photos from the past year....

Emerald Park
April 13: Emerald Park, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
After heavy rains, streams of water pour over the bluffs at Emerald Park and create tall waterfalls (which you don't see much in Central Arkansas). This was taken during a storm, and the camera got so soaked that it had to sit in a bag of rice for awhile to dry out.

Ladderbucket Falls
April 19: Ladderbucket Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.
This is a unique waterfall that empties into a scenic little grotto. Although they are supposedly still around there somewhere, we did not see the old ladder and bucket that the falls are named after.

June 2: Riverfront Park, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Heavy rains in Oklahoma led to some extreme flooding downstream in Arkansas in June. Right before the flood crested, the river covered Riverfront Park with several feet of water and gave new meaning to the name of the Arkansas Maritime Museum.

June 14: Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana.
I turned 40 last year, and I wasn't that excited about being that old. So what better place to drown your sorrows with drinks and food than New Orleans? Our hotel was right by Jackson Square so we ended up passing by there several times.

October 26: Blanchard Springs, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.
2019 ended up with having some pretty good fall colors, which looked especially good on a rainy day next to a waterfall.

SIx Finger Falls
April 27: Six Finger Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.
While Six Finger Falls is short, it might count as the longest waterfall in the state? The falls stretch all the way across the aptly named Falling Water Creek, which makes it hard to get all of the six fingers in one shot.

Little Rock
December 14: Riverfront Park, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Managed to catch a nice sunset one day over downtown and the still waters of the Arkansas River, which was a big change from how things were a few months earlier during the big flood. You could still see evidence of the high waters - the sidewalks have been replaced after the current ripped away the concrete, and there are still mounds of sand and dirt that the river deposited.

Rock Creek
May 10: Rock Creek, Little Rock, Arkansas.
It's always nice to have some waterfalls close to home, especially if you have to drive a few hours to get up to the Ozarks. This waterfall sits right within the city limits of Little Rock, but it is on private property (you can at least see it from the road).

July 21: Crittenden County, Arkansas.
Sun setting behind an old abandoned church in the Delta. I didn’t dare get too close, there were swarms of wasps guarding the building from trespassers.

Green Day
March 8: Clinton Park Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Thick fog engulfed the Arkansas River, which also created this surreal effect as the fog reflected back the green lights that were shining out from the Clinton Park Bridge.

Old Mill
November 11: The Old Mill, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
It’s almost always crowded at the Old Mill, but it was raining this day and there were more ducks there than people. The fall colors did look great in the rain.

4th of July
July 4: Junction Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas.
It was unseasonably cool that day, which made it perfect for sitting outside for several hours waiting for the fireworks to start (plus no bugs).

From The Sky Down
August 18: Delta of eastern Arkansas.
A dusty old piano, sitting inside an abandoned church. The roof has partially collapsed, allowing a view to the heavens.

In Rainbows
May 12: White County, Arkansas.
We spotted this rainbow while driving home after visiting my In-Laws for Mother's Day. Of course I didn't have my big camera with me, but the iPhone did ok in a pinch.

Hot Springs
March 29: Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
This view shows Central Avenue as it runs between the old Medical Arts Building and the Arlington Hotel. This was actually taken right above the display spring, where sometimes steam will occasionally rise up and block the view.

Car lights, star bright...
March 5: Near Morrilton, Arkansas.
Star trails above the traffic along I-40, which was created by combining about 220 images taken over the course of two hours on a cold night.

Blanchard Springs
October 26: Blanchard Springs, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.
Blanchard Springs is not the biggest spring in the Ozarks, but I think it's the prettiest. The waters from the spring flow through a vast system of caverns before they empty out through a cave and form a nice little waterfall.

Foggy Bottoms
March 9: Near Keo, Arkansas.
Fog drifting through a small oxbow lake near Keo. A few hours after this was taken a tornado passed over and did some minor damage in the area.

Triple Falls
June 7: Triple Falls, Buffalo National River, Arkansas.
It had recently poured rain here, which meant a lot of water running over Triple Falls. Usually when I make the drive up there, the falls are barely running (more like a "Trickle Falls" instead).

Dome-o Arigato
March 8: Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock.
The beam of light is actually a spotlight that is used to illuminate the dome shining through thick fog (and not a light shooting out of the dome, like some sort of Bat Signal. Although I would support my tax dollars going to something like that).

October 26: Blanchard Springs, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.
Fog drifting along the wooden boardwalk at Blanchard. This was taken during a heavy rain while I was trying to shield the camera with an umbrella.

June 8: Boxley Valley, Buffalo National River, Arkansas.
Boxley Valley is already one of the most scenic and interesting places to visit in the state, and some thick early morning fog helped make for some neat pictures.

Cedar Creek
January 12: Cedar Creek, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas.
This was taken on another cold winter day, when all of Petit Jean Mountain was engulfed in a sea of fog.

August 18: Delta of eastern Arkansas.
Often when visiting an abandoned building, you are left with several questions. When was this building abandoned and why was it left to the elements to decay and fade? Who were the people who built it, and who decided to let it go? A lot of times it is hard to find much information about some buildings, so they are left in mystery. I wish I knew more about this church. It looks to have been abandoned for awhile, with part of the roof caved in and collapsed.
The interior of the church raises more questions, namely what happened here? Why is one half of the building nearly gone, while the other almost looks to be ok? What's the story with the piano in the middle? Did someone try to move it, only to manage to get it to this spot before giving up? Also there were some holes in the floor, would I fall through if I walked inside to take pictures?
And finally, how much longer will this building be standing? And how many people would mourn it once it inevitably collapses?

Bear Skin Lake
February 23: Bear Skin Lake, Scott, Arkansas.
A little bit of fog drifting by a row of trees along Bear Skin Lake, one of the many oxbow lakes that dot the landscape around Scott. Luckily this was taken in the winter so there weren't any snakes or mosquitoes lurking around.

So that's it for 2019. I'd like to thank anyone reading this for sticking with me and this little photo blog for yet another year. I know that photo blogs aren't cool anymore, so I do appreciate anyone that ever stops by here to look at these pictures. I'm looking forward to what should be an interesting 2020. I managed to get a picture into this year's Small Works on Paper exhibition. Also I'm going to have my own show this year at the gallery space in Laman Library in North Little Rock (more details on that soon). And there might be a few more major developments that are in the works, but more on that soon as well. Thanks again, stay tuned for more pictures!

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