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I spent about an hour watching this female Baltimore Oriole. She and her mate fed on ripe Mulberries for about 10 minutes, when, surprisingly, she began weaving a nest as he watched; I guess her instincts had taken over. These photos taken from 40′ in camouflage with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L f /2.8 IS with a Canon 1.4 TC – handheld. These photos taken a few weeks prior to my injuries and uploaded this past weekend, There are many photos and they can be enlarged by clicking on each one:

 

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Just a photo of a  “double take”  from yesterday near Parthenon, Arkansas:

 

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I took this photo yesterday morning from the northern Boston Mountains looking north-east toward the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri. The heralding of a hot day to come.

 

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A week ago I drove out Parker’s Ridge, south of Deer, Arkansas. After 15 miles of rugged gravel road with tight turns in large Shortleaf Pine forests; I reached the end of Parker’s Ridge and began a 3 miles, 1,600 foot (elevation fall) downhill ride in low gear to the river. The switchbacks began on this rugged road; 27 in all – with a 300 to 600 drop to my right (west). Bluffs bean to appear on my left side (East) and the road narrowed for the last 1.5 miles and became very steep and wet in places, and dangerous. But I m,are it to the bottom and was rewarded with a bridge crossing the beautiful Piney River. I did not see another vehicle or person; only about 20 deer. I fully expected to see a bear or two, but did not.

 

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Downhill to the Piney River

 

 

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Then it is foggy and hazy, and the sun has risen over Henderson Mountain (about 7 AM now), you get these views in late summer morning, when driving out. The first photo is of the tress flanking Murray Road, the second is up Highway 327 towards Wayton, AR., climbing Henderson Mountain:

 

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We have had lots of rain this July; nearly 8 inches, That has kept the Little Buffalo floatable all July, even in its mid-section. Smallmouth Bass are plentiful and Sunfish are still spawning; there are plenty of aquatic insects hatching early and late. All the fish seem interesting in the larger Mayflies. The river is alive !

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We had 1.5 inches of rain on Monday; this photo is from  sun up on Wednesday at a very high ISO.

 

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