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Almost Hollyhocks - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Seriously, it is time to bloom!
I have no patience Mom,
This is a hollyhock.  Last Spring I found the prettiest (according to the picture on the package) hollyhocks.
I planted them, and they grew to amazing heights, but didn't bloom. After researching a bit more, I realized that hollyhocks don't bloom the first year.  They just grow.
Here we are, year two.  The hollyhocks are thinking about blooming, but still haven't.
Fish is sure that these plants are weeds, not hollyhocks, and that  I am lying to him.
xoxo a.d.


Iris - Lake Ann - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Friday's Flower

Hi Mom,
Now that the ground is really blooming again,  here is a Friday Flower.
These are iris.  I had no idea they came in yellow, I have always thought they were purple/bluish.
I didn't realize they loved water so much either, the entire lake was surrounded by these yellow iris.  Quite a sight.

xoxo a.d.

Reclaiming the Stairs - Lake Ann - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Mother Nature moves fast in the Ozarks.
It amazes me how fast things are reabsorbed here Mom.
I have been so used to the dry, parched landscape that would leach all of the moisture out of old structures, but they would still remain intact - at least for much longer than they do in the Ozarks.  The humidity and undergrowth reclaim wood so quickly you can almost see it.
It reminds me of that one show, "After Us" or something like that, where they simulated how fast nature would take over if all humans were gone.  It wasn't long.
Ahhh, the joy of impermanence.
xoxo a.d.

Turtles - Lake Ann - Bella Vista AR

The Turtles are everywhere!
Mother's Day was Turtle Day Mom.
Yes, we do have a lot of turtles here, but generally I don't see upwards of 50 in a day.
It started with a little guy on the porch.
Then, we went to Lake Ann to float around and they were everywhere there.....not a tree branch or dock that didn't have at least 2 turtles on it.
It was a nice day, maybe they all came out to sun themselves at once.
xoxo a.d.


Reflections on Loch Lomond - Bella Vista AR

Lazy weekend.

We were bums this weekend Mom,
More so than usual.  
We spent most of it drifting around the lake,  Fish pretending to fish.
Sometimes it is good to have those days I think.
xoxo a.d.

Glory Hands - Hwy 16 - Ozone AR

I am normally opposed to this sort of thing but....
This graffiti isn't what it seems Mom - 
It is actually quite cool.  Under the Glory Hole Falls there is some clay/mud and it is a "tradition" to leave a hand-print from the mud on the cavern walls.
It looks quite striking actually, and since this is mud, doesn't deface the rock.
Still, I didn't leave my hand-print, I have been schooled too long in "leave no traces"
xoxo a.d.

Prism - Hwy 16 - Ozone AR

Reflected Light.

I guess it is no secret that I love capturing the flow of water on film Mom,
but here is another one.  It was really bright and I didn't bring any type of filter with me so I was not able to slow it down any.
I still like how it came out though.

xoxo a.d.