Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Two Parks

I hope anyone who reads this blog hasn't grown tired of infrared pictures yet, because here are a few more! These two shots were taken at two different parks around Central Arkansas. The first was at the Park On The River in Maumelle. This place is aptly named, because it is indeed a park right along the Arkansas River.


The second picture was also taken at another wisely-named park - Two Rivers Park. That park is sandwiched between the Little Maumelle River and the Arkansas River, just outside of Little Rock. It also contains this neat stretch of trees:


Tuesday, October 26, 2021


About 800 people live in the town of Guy, which sits near Cadron Creek in northern Faulkner County. I tried to do a little research on the town, but could never find anything that said why the town was named Guy (I assume there must have been a place called Gal nearby).

The town is memorable to me because one time I got pulled over for speeding there. But besides attracting a reputation as a "speed trap," there are some neat old buildings around Guy.


Just north of town is this old dogtrot cabin. I'm not sure the age, but it does seem to look fairly old. It was on private property and was marked "No Trespassing," so these were shot from the street.



Monday, October 25, 2021

St. Boniface

Tucked neatly away in Perry County is one of the prettiest churches in Arkansas - the St. Boniface Church.


The first church here was built in 1901, but it burned only a few years later in January of 1906. All of the church was destroyed, except for the hand-carved high altar that was saved from the flames. The current church was built within just a few months and opened in September of 1906.



And just on the edge of the church property is this dirt road, that heads through this tunnel of trees into some private property. I snapped this quick photo before heading back to the car to drive back toward Conway.


Friday, October 22, 2021


There are a few differences between the Houston in Arkansas and the Houston in Texas. For one, the population is a wee bit different (by about 2.3 million people or so). Also, the traffic in the Texas version is much much worse than the Arkansas one. One landmark in Arkansas' Houston is the old Houston Methodist Episcopal Church.


The church was built in 1912, and seems like it still might be used occasionally for weddings or funerals.



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Prairie County

Along a country road in rural Prairie County sits an old farmhouse, topped with a rusty metal roof and covered with peeling white paint. Although there is a car parked there, it appears to have been long abandoned. Several of the windows are broken, and some of the wooden boards on the exterior wall are missing.




Someone still cares enough about the property to mow the grass, and to put up "No Trespassing" signs. I would love to know more about this house, like when was it built? Why was it abandoned?


There are so many stories that are represented by old buildings like this house. Places that contained the joys and struggles of everyday life. Places that were lovingly maintained for decades until, all of a sudden, they weren't. They are places worth seeing, and documenting while they are still standing.


I visited this house to get pictures as part of an ongoing photography project that has focused on the architecture and landscape of the Arkansas Delta. The project was actually supposed to have appeared in a gallery this Autumn, but it was postponed due to circumstances beyond my control. It is frustrating to have another delay, but I'm looking forward to the opportunity to show these photos next year.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Clinton Park Bridge

It's now been ten years since the Clinton Park Bridge was opened up to pedestrian use. It was back in September of 2011 that the pedestrian access on the old railroad bridge was finally dedicated. Since then the bridge has cemented its place as one of the most popular locations in Central Arkansas. Even in the midst of the pandemic, there is almost always people out walking or riding bikes on the bridge. The bridge itself is 122 years old, built in 1899 as one of three rail crossings in Little Rock.


The bridge offers some good views of the river and Little Rock, and also the Clinton Presidential Center (which opened in 2004).


And the view, looking down the bridge back towards the Library:


Monday, October 18, 2021

Villa Marre

The Villa Marre is one of the most famous homes in Little Rock, thanks to its unique architecture and also because the exterior used to show up frequently on TV. The house was built in 1881 and features both Second Empire and Itialinate architectural influences. Over the years, the building was used as a private residence, a nursing home, a dance studio, and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting facility. By the 1960s, it was in rough shape and was condemned by the city. But luckily, it was saved from being demolished and was restored.

In 1986, the Villa Marre began appearing weekly on CBS as the home of Sugarbaker design firm on Designing Women. But the Villa Marre wasn't the only Little Rock building used by the show, the Governor's Mansion was also used as the setting for Suzanne Sugarbaker's home (it also made an appearance in 30 Rock).

The Villa Marre was purchased in 2019, and the first floor can be rented out for events or weddings or for Designing Women fans to meet (I'm guessing).


Wednesday, October 13, 2021


The Ouachita National Recreation Trail starts at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and eventually snakes 223 miles across Arkansas and into Oklahoma. Part of the trail that runs through Pinnacle uses a disused bit of pavement that once carried traffic on Hwy. 300. It seems like occasionally the park will mow the grass on the old road, but usually its slightly overgrown with weeds and wildflowers. Which might look kinda neat with the infrared camera...


The road leads to an old bridge over the Maumelle River, which was built in the 1940s. The bridge, and the road approaching it, were replaced with a new bridge in the 1980s. The bridge is used by hikers, people fishing, photographers, and (sadly) people who like to vandalize.


And one last shot from Pinnacle. Near the Visitor Center is this wooden walkway, which heads up the hill towards a nice overlook of the Arkansas River.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

A Fair To Remember

Last weekend, Riverfront Park in North Little Rock hosted the first Pulaski County Fair. We decided to take the kids on Saturday, hopefully arriving early enough to miss most of the crowds. The fair was much smaller than the State Fair, but it had enough rides to entertain our five year old (his favorite was the Tilt-a-Whirl). It also featured lots of fried foods, and all those games that no one can ever win.

On Sunday night, after putting the kids to bed, I headed back down to the park to try to get a few pictures. The Main Street Bridge provided a good view of the fair and the rides, and has a handy sidewalk that has plenty of room for someone to set up a tripod.

Fair Play

And the same ride, with the Little Rock skyline peeking out from behind the trees....