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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.