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A Note From the Road: Studio Time Arkansas - Pink Rose Detail - Bella Vista, Arkansas.

I found the most awesome roses Henry,
While shopping at the grocery store, I glanced at the selection of cut flowers.  There was a bouquet that had these incredibly chubby, in full bloom pink roses.
They were gorgeous, so I bought the bouquet, and then proceeded to photograph the roses.
I really love the way this macro turned out.  I feel like I nailed the shot.
I am making an art print out of this one as well.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - August Ozark Dawn - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I have been waking up before the sun lately Henry,
and, despite the grumbling, the pre-dawn hours are beautiful.

I love the sky and I love the way it is colored, with the reds and purples.
It is hard to be in a bad mood waking up to something so beautiful.
I even made an art print out of this shot.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Lake Francis - Hwy 59 - Township 13, Arkansas

My dear Henry,
While traveling down Hwy 59 we came upon this decrepit gateway, leading to "Lake Francis". The gates, standing open, had long since rusted and were sagging.
It looked like the entrance you may expect to Camp Crystal Lake (of Friday the 13th fame).
There are of course stern "No Trespassing" "24-hour video surveillance" signs everywhere as well.
Back to civilization, we googled it, finding out that from about 1930 to 1970 it was "THE" recreational lake in the area.  Then, of course, it got dirty, really dirty.
and then the dam leaked.
and finally, in 1990, the dam was destroyed.
So, not haunted, just gone.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Fish Everywhere - Hwy 59 - Cedarville, Arkansas

The streams and rivers in Arkansas are so much different than mountain streams Henry:
They move so slowly, and unless it rains, the water doesn't usually carry sediment.
The waterways here are generally crystal clear, and you get to watch the underwater activity from above.
Despite the appearance, this water is actually almost a foot deep  - it is a very easy thing to do around here, step into water that seems the depth of a puddle, and find yourself in water up to your knees.
Of course, it has been so hot, that being submerged in water isn't a bad thing.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Natural Dam - Hwy 59 - Cedarville, Arkansas

Hey Henry,
It has been hot again, and we were looking for someplace to go to cool off.
This is Natural Dam, which, depending on the water levels can also be considered a waterfall. A 200-foot shelf spans the entire width of Mountain Fork Creek and creates a wonderful little swimming pool.
We weren't the only people taking advantage of this nature made pool, it was pretty popular, with several barbeques going on in the background.  
Everyone was really nice about letting me get a quick shot in, although, if I had wanted models, there were these two very cute kids who really, really wanted their picture taken. (I had to decline, I strongly feel that you shouldn't take pictures of other peoples kids to put on the internet.)
Anyway, have a great day!
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Hollyhock Buds - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Hollyhocks have been such a pleasure Henry, 

They have been almost care-free and in continual bloom, even though it has been so hot this summer.
Even now, they are putting out new flowers, when most of the other flowers have wilted away.
I love the color too, I managed to find a deep purple, almost black flowered hollyhock plant and it has been an attention grabber. (someone knocked on my door the other day to remark upon it)
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Dahlia in Demitasse - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,
I broke off a dahlia today and I broke the stem well.  There was just the tiniest bit of stem left and I was struggling to find something to put the flower in until I noticed my Wedgewood demitasse cup.  It fit perfectly, and, because it looked so cute, I ended up taking some still lifes.
I really like how it turned out.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Louisiana - Oil on the Bayou - Bayou Villars, Louisiana

I wonder how you handle it, Henry,
I just finished reading Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild and my heart hurts for the environment.  While you don't have it near as bad with the mining operations in Colorado as the trees in Louisiana do, the environmental damages being caused by oil, gas, mining, and petrochemicals need to be addressed.  Somehow.  I am all for business and I love capitalism, but corporate responsibility needs to be enforced.  We cannot let corporate interests destroy places such as these.
Stay safe and avoid residual chemicals, Henry!
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - June Bug on Roses - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

June Bugs amuse me, Henry:
They really do.
 They try so hard to appear to be sparkly and impressive looking but are so lacking in grace that their appearance means nothing.
They fly looking and sounding like a drunken bumble bee and they crash into everything.
I wonder if they are perpetually confused.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - A Quick Summer Storm - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

There was a wonderfully snarly storm here Henry,
Thunder, lightning, wind, with the trees, swaying, and the occasional branch falling, and, a notice to go inside and stay away from the windows.
I sat on the porch for a lot of it (until there were real airborne flying objects). It was beautiful.
I think Mother Nature needs to throw temper tantrums occasionally.  
After it was over, I ran outside to capture the raindrops.
This one almost contains a self-portrait.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - I Hate it When I Almost - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I was so excited when I composed this Henry,
I was so excited when I saw it on the back of my camera.
and then I realized, upon edit, that the point of focus is weird.
Sucky, but one of the biggest pitfalls of photography right? By focusing on the wrong things, even slightly, will change the entire look of a shot.
ooohhh!  #Tao
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Lazy! I tell you, Lazy! - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Last night, this gladiolus looked wonderful Henry:
This morning? It just fell over.
I am beginning to think that the flowers can't exist outside in the garden and must become cut flowers the second they bloom. 
 I  like my flowers to be in the flower garden though - despite how nice they look on the table.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Quick Summer Storm - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

It rained, just a bit, today Henry,
It has been such a change, moving to Arkansas.  It was always so dry in the West, while here, there is always a quick storm.
I do miss the cooling that happens during storms in the West.  While I enjoy the increased humidity in the South when the temperature rises above 85 degrees, the humidity can be taxing.
It is incredibly lazy weather right now.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Deep Purple Hollyhock 2018 - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

My dear Henry:
There are so many flowers in bloom right now, everything looks so happy.  I found a bunch of these dramatic hollyhocks and planted them last Spring,  this is the first year that I have seen flowers, and sadly, only one of the many that actually grew.  
They are awesome and I love the colors.  I made an art print out of this one.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Gladiolus with Purple 2018 - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Hi Mom:
Early this Spring I found a jumbo box full of gladiolus bulbs and I used them to inundate the flowerbed.  
Then they started growing, and, initially, were disappointing and challenging, as the plants, which grow quite tall, struggle to stay upright, being perfectly happy to lay down across the flower bed.
and then they started to flower, and, at first, the only flowers were yellow, all of them.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the "other than yellow" flowers began to emerge, and the whole process was suddenly worth it.  They have turned into some of the prettiest flowers I have ever tried to grow.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Dahlia 2018 - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

We are in the midst of a crazy heat wave right now Mom:
It has turned into a great day to stay in the studio and play with flowers.
I found these Dahlia tubers early in the Spring, and I have been really happy with how pretty they turned out.  The colors are so vivid.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Missouri - Little House in Missouri - Hwy A - Mansfield, Missouri

I was so excited to see this place, Mom!
These were some of my favorite books when I was growing up, so exploring this museum was a lot of fun for me (not so much for Fish, but he was a good sport about it).
I was a little bummed that they didn't allow any indoor photography (the flash will degrade things faster but most curators will allow non-flash photography, not here though).
Laura loved her china - and seeing one of their wagons that they traveled in, I have no idea how the china survived the moves.
It is making me sad that her books have come under so much controversy because of the strong bias her and her family had against Native Americans. I think that addressing the bias is important, and, when reading these books to children it is crucial to address how incorrect and repugnant that bias is, it was a bias that was taught to everyone at that time, and rather than push it under the rug, we need to address it. 
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Tennessee - Moon Over St. Mary's - 5th Ave - Nashville, Tennessee

One of my favorite compositions but it is a terrible picture Mom...

It was a perfect scene - from a hotel window, and since it had just stormed (from the clouds you can see in the distance) the glass was quite streaked and spotted, and the hotel was not about to allow me roof access (some sort of liability thing).
So, here it is - Moon over St. Mary's, through a spotted window.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Tennessee - Stay Off the Bottom - Broadway - Nashville, Tennessee

Hands to yourself!

I am going to rant, Mom.
While enjoying the bands in Nashville, I noticed this sign.
**Start of rant** Ladies! Stop it! (I am assuming the main culprit here is ladies).   #METOO is a great thing and is bringing attention to the number of sexual assaults worldwide, please don't destroy this message by being guilty of unwanted touching yourself.   That this poor man had to place a sign on his butt is shameful. **End of rant**
This has been a public service announcement, brought to you by #Takethebackroads.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Virginia - Natural Tunnel - Hwy 23 - Scott County, Virginia

850 Feet Long & 10 Stories High

This isn't a cave Mom:
Its a tunnel, and one that wasn't made...we stumbled across this during our tour down Hwy 23.
This is called the Natural Tunnel and it is big enough to drive a train through (we didn't do the train ride though)
The park is nice - with a very steep and crazy ski lift that you can take down to the tunnel - you can also walk, but the ski lift is fun and the walk is pretty steep.
We were so glad to have come upon this awesome little park on our drive.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road - Road Trip Virginia - First Look Into the Appalachians - Hwy 23 - Pound, Virginia

My first foray into this mountain range
I was so excited about this road trip Mom!
I haven't ever been into the Appalachian mountains before, most of my road trips have been in the western U.S.
They are so green, covered in trees and Kudzu.  
Hwy 23 is also called The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, with signs and info about the musicians who were raised in the Appalachians.  I had no idea there were so many.  
There is also antiquing opportunities all along this route.
All in all, it was a fun drive.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Kentucky - Ghostly Peacock - J.H. O'Bryan Ave - Grand Rivers, Kentucky

You never know what is going to appear on camera.....

Patti's 1880's Settlement was a cute little place to stop and hang out Mom,
While wandering around the village, we noticed the peacocks, in particular, this guy, who is trying so very hard to impress the lady.  She is having none of it, and would rather eat.
I thought it was a funny courtship story and then......
as I was processing the images, I noticed this blur that only exists in the peacock pictures (the rest of them look fine).
I *think* (hope) that this is some sort of weird refraction caused by the humidity, the cage, and the sun.  Otherwise, I was nose to nose with "something".

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Wind - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

There was a slight breeze yesterday Mom.
Almost un-feelable.
It was certainly photographic.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Pink Rose Macro - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I think I caught a spider Mom.
If you look closely at the bottom right petals, it looks like a small spider was hidden amid the rose.
I think this is why I love macro so much, you never know what you will find when you look closely.
xoxo a.d.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Rose with Dying Leaf - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I have been going nowhere lately Mom -
After what seemed like a slow start to the growing season, everything is starting to bloom.
So instead of any road trips, I have been exploring my garden.  It looks much different through macro lenses.
It has been very relaxing.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Dahlia Bud - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista Arkansas

In a couple of days, this will be a dahlia Mom: 

While I am looking forward to the blooms, I really think the buds are really pretty all by themselves. 
I guess flowers have a hard time looking bad at any stage.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - It Wasn't Bigfoot - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

It sounded a lot bigger than it was.

While sitting outside this weekend Mom,
We heard a horrible ruckus.  Every evening it sounded like there was something huge running amok in the forest.
Despite the title, we were pretty sure it wasn't Bigfoot, and we were pretty sure it was a bird of some kind, but couldn't actually find it and we didn't recognize the calls.
The mystery was cleared up a couple of days later, from a Nextdoor post:
"Has anyone seen my peacocks?"
Weekend mystery solved.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Rose in Bloom 2018 - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

My roses have come alive!

After what seemed like a very slow start this year Mom:
Everything has finally come alive.  My roses are coming in so thick that soon you will not be able to see the leaves.
It also looks like I may have a pretty good aphid infestation as well.  I need to go buy some ladybugs this weekend.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Rain Drops in Red - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Playing in the rain.

There was the best thunderstorm yesterday Mom!
It didn't last long, but it dropped a lot of water.
There were a collection of these big, fat, raindrops everywhere so I was playing with macro.  I love how the colors turned out in this one.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - This Years Forest - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Lots and lots of growth.

If you remember Mom.....
I was complaining about how wet the Spring was and how it was constantly raining?
Well, the forest has exploded - it is green, lush, and you can no longer see through the trees.  It is amazing to look at.
Unfortunately, as the forest exploded, so did the bug population, Fish has been covered in ticks almost daily.

We have stocked up on the pyrethrin and DEET.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - 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, in 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.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip, Arkansas: 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.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip, Arkansas - 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.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip, Arkansas - 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.

A Note from the Road: Road Trip, Arkansas - 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.

A Note from the Road, Road Trip, Arkansas, 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.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - 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.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Flower Power - Hwy 16 - Ozone AR

Flowers always find a way.
On a hike Mom,
and we found this pretty, delicate, little flower blooming through a tree stump.
It was quite the philosophical moment, really,
"flowers will always find a way to blossom"
so to overcome hardship, one must be a flower.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Weeping Moss - Hwy 16 - Ozone AR

An artist's philosophy.
So, deep thinking time Mom - 
I have noticed that a lot of nature photographers come up with some deep and profound thought with each new print.
 Which is cool, I am all about deep thinking, but, do you want to know what was going through my head as I was taking this picture?
I wonder what the water is going to look like slowing down  and A snake better not come up and bite me while I am standing here.
I don't particularly think of myself as shallow but really that was the thought process behind this picture.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Glory Hole Falls - Hwy 16 - Ozone AR

Nice hike, nice falls.

It was such a nice weekend Mom!
We went for a hike to the Glory Hole Falls, I suppose you can see where it got its name from.
The entire creek has short falls and water slides, and it was quite a pretty hike although a little steep in spots.
The falls and the area around it is a great picnic spot (we didn't bring one :/ )
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Hawaii - Alahaka Bay - Hwy 160 - Honaunau HI

It rains in paradise.
Hi Mom, 
Morel hunting is a frustrating thing.  We still can't find any.
Everyone else has found pounds upon pounds, I am covetous.
I also refuse to buy any at the farmer's market because darn it,
I live in a forest and should be able to find these!
still looking...
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Louisiana - Wishful Landscaping - Hwy 549 - NW Arkansas

This may just stay a wish....

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Colorado - Screaming Trees - Hwy 491 - Mesa Verde Colorado

The trees still look mad.
I have been messing with these pictures for a while Mom,
and I can't seem to get them right.  Between 1996 and 2003 there were several fires at Mesa Verde and a lot of the bristlecone pines burned.
I have seen quite a few fire scars but this one struck me as odd, all of the trees looked mad.  Really mad.  I still don't think I captured how eerie it was on that plateau surrounded by angry trees, but it was quite the humbling experience.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Magnolia's Protest - Hwy 549 - NW Arkansas

Even the trees are fed up with the weather pattern.
This will be the one nice, warm day this week Mom.
Then we slide back into cold and rainy :/
Even the trees seem to be staging protests about the weather this Spring.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Weaver - Hwy 549 - NW Arkansas

The Itsy, Bitsy, Spider.

My favorite spiders are out and about Mom:
I know they are kind of intimidating looking (particularly in macro) but
I hate mosquitoes, Fish hates them more (they always bite him).
This guy  LOVES mosquitoes (and all sorts of other, troublesome bugs).
They can stay.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - And It Rains - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Into each life, a little rain must fall.
After a few days of sunshine Mom,
The clouds have descended upon us again.
This weekends storm looks to be exciting -
windy, snarly, electrical. Which are really my favorite type.
They clear the air so much.
xoxo a.d. 

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Spring Dawn on the Lake - Hwy 549 - NW Arkansas

Any day now.....
It has been such a cold spring Mom - 
This week has been awesome and other than the coming storm this weekend,
 we are headed into the warmth of Spring.
I would have expected more leaves out, by this time all of the houses have disappeared 
behind their respective walls of foliage and we get to forget, for a few months, that we
have neighbors.  We are lucky that they are all so nice.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Florida - Dolphins - Sea Harbor Dr - Orlando FL

Entering the stone age

Did you know Mom......
Dolphins are in the stone age.  Along with most primates, Dolphins use tools to accomplish things.
Otters, crows, octopus, and elephants all use tools too.
I have seen Ziggy using them as well.
If animals are entering their stone age, shouldn't we re-evaluate how we are interacting with them?  
xoxo a.d. 

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Variegated Petals 2018 - Hwy 549 - NW Arkansas

Perhaps it will warm up today?
According to the weather channel, Spring will begin to act like Spring today Mom.
I think I made a mistake in the flower bed. I didn't cut all of the flowers that had come up before the storms. The poor things are in tatters and I feel like a bad plant parent.

xoxo a.d.

A Note from The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Mushrooms and Moss - Hwy 549 - NW Arkansas

'Tis the season
Hi Mom - 
It is Morel season and all of my neighbor's news feeds  contain pictures of the loads of tasty morels they have found for their dinners.
I have only found a couple of snakes. I think the neighbors picked mine.
I am grateful that I live near a grocery store, I can't seem to get the foraging knack down.

xoxo a.d.