Looking up the Buffalo River Valley on New Years Eve, I could see the remnants of the heavy morning fog, stuck to all the trees as ice:
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We got about and inch of ice and sleet and about 2-3 inches of snow last night and Sunday and it was 6F this morning. Maybe more in higher elevations. I loved the thunder all afternoon Sunday.
Another look back to late December 2013 on a near 60 degree day:
The following are from Ozark Campground gravel bar across from the Bluff:
Posted in Mountain Scenery, mountains, The River, Weather, tagged Arkansas, boston mountians, December 20 2013, flood, fog, ponca, pour-offs, rain, Steel Creek on February 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
We had nearly 2.5 inches of rain on December 20 thru 21, 2013. I drove to Steel Creek and to Ponca on that day and took a few photos with a point and shoot Canon G15. There were quite a few pour-offs flowing off Roark Bluff, and it only got heavier. The Ponca Bridge is the last photo.
Went into Jasper this morning; saw 2 mature Bald Eagles and a Roadrunner. The Eagles were at the Shop Creek crossing of Highway 327, and the Roadrunner was closer to Jasper. Woke up to 19F this morning on its way to 55-60 (maybe); forecast changed for cooler weather.
Not long after I posted the bluebird houses on my trail yesterday, I did get photos of the male in a pair looking into the house under a big Sweet Gum Tree. Only one photo was clear. The picture was taken with a Canon 50D with a Canon 400mm Lens:
Also there was a nice sunset on a clear cold evening in NW Arkansas:
I noticed several Carolina Wrens calling this morning very early and a few Chickadees “feeee-beee” calls, along with the “peter peter peter” of the Tufted Titmouse. I have not noticed and paring up yet, but that IS A VERY EARLY spring sign. This photo was taken by me last February 17th using a Canon 7D with a Canon EF300L – f/2.8 IS.
Its been a tough winter for Arkansas and the eastern US also. Seems like the storms are moving from west to east every 2-3 days. We’ve had a few beautiful days near 70F since December 1, but the cold has been predominant.
I saw an eagle landing on a tree next to the Little Buffalo River near Parthenon. They are both long shots with a Canon 1D M3 and a Canon 400 DO/IS Lens:
WOW, reached 17F as a low this morning. Last week I took a photo of one (of many) Elk harem over near Ponca. There appears to be 2 bulls in this photo but the one on the left is a “satellite” bull OR a younger bull that has not challenged the harem owner (dominant Bull Elk, to the right) to a duel or did challenge him, and LOST BIG. He will hang near the harem for the entire winter and learn. Notice the maple and beech trees still show their color.
The storm passed us by ! Just 1/3 inch of rain so far. Not enough for canoeing or kayaking. Winds to 40 MPH expected this evening. Took a few photos taken today:
Posted in Mountain Scenery, mountains, The River, Weather, tagged 2013, autumn, Boston Mountains, buffalo, Buffalo River, color change, fall colors. October 30th, Kyle's Landing, river, Sherman Mountain on October 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The first peak is near (maybe today or tomorrow); but it is beautiful !! We are expecting 2-3 inches of rain in the next 36 hours and that will possibly make the Buffalo River from Boxley to Pruitt floatable by weeks end and through the weekend and maybe next week. There should still be a good amount of color left in some trees; making this the ideal canoe or kayak float for fall colors; A FLASH FLOOD WATCH was just issued !!