Archive for the ‘Mountain Scenery’ Category

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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This photo taken this morning at 6 AM; shows the hot and hazy day to come:


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Throwback Thursday — a day late (Dogwood just coming out):






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Looking 1700 feet down to the Henson Creek Valley from the Edge of Sherman Mountain; Parthenon in the distance under the clouds:



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In the yard this morning (very early) the fog, and the House wren open there curtain on a new day.





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One of our most beautiful birds in Arkansas, I saw last Saturday. Once you spot one, you will never forget the experience. I had heard their call for 3 weeks prior but did not spot or photograph until Saturday afternoon. He is the photo I took with a 50D and a EF300L f/2.8 IS Lens (not a good photo); so I have incuded on from last summer also:




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These photos were taken 2 years ago during a late May rise on the upper Buffalo River. They were taken with a Canon S95 Point and Shoot camera, from Hedges Pour-off. I think they show the wilderness character and the high gradient of the river above Boxley, Arkansas. It is a beautiful float trip for only the most experienced boaters due to limited access for about 20+ miles of Class II to
ocassionally Class IV whitewater. It should not be attempted alone by anyone.

With the river coming up now, this coming weekend may create a chance for EXPERIENCED ONLY boaters.




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Possible heavy rain today and tomorrow:



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This Scissor-tail Flycatcher (State Bird of Oklahoma) arrived in Jasper, Arkansas after a migration up from the southland about 2 weeks ago. He and his mate established a territory next to a field just north of the town of Jasper on Highway 7, on an old fence. Photo taken by my good friend Jan, as she was in the passenger seat and the bird was on the right side fence.  North of this field is an expansive wooded area where I believe they a nesting. I love the salmon color on the sides of their gray buff breast !

I have seen him at least a dozen times in 2-3 weeks but have been unable to capture him, until this morning at 8:30 AM; today I used a Canon 70D and a Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens. If you can’t tell in these photographs, he drags a tail about 18″ long behind him when he files and is really spectacular to watch:










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This morning I went out to the back shed. I always carry my birding camera. First thing i noticed was 2 small yellow birds high up in and walnut tree. There is an old Elm tree next to it. I made a “pishing” sound and they immediately came down to investigate. While the male watched me from 20 feet in the air the female seemed contented to glean insects form lower Elm leaves. They watched me for about 20 minutes.

The Parula is a small warbler of the upper tree canopy, the Northern Parula can be found in two rather distinct populations. The southern population nests primarily in hanging Spanish moss, while the northern population uses the similar-looking beard lichen. These are tropical birds from South and Central America that migrate up to Arkansas and Missouri to breed.

Adult Description

Vey small songbird.
Blue-gray hood and wings.
Yellow chest with black and reddish band across it.
White crescents above and below eyes.
Green back.
Two white wingbars.
Immature Description
Similar to female, but more green on upperparts.

The first 4 photos are of the Female and the second 4 of the male with his maroon-chestnut bib:

















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