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Some in this series are HDR’s; notice the 200′ high Roark Bluff and the coloring sweet gums in front:

 

Drive down to Steel Creek

Drive down to Steel Creek

Bluff below Bee Bluff

Bluff below Bee Bluff (HDR)

Buffalo River

Buffalo River (HDR)

Roark Bluff (HDR)

Roark Bluff (HDR)

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We had scattered sunshine today with mostly clouds and drizzle. Photos taken today looking upstream and downstream from the Ponca low-water bridge; then taken looking downstream from the newer high bridge: Taken with a the full frame sensor of  a Canon 1DS MK III – ISO 100:

 

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Chased into a Cedar tree by a flock of crows this morning:

 

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A beautiful and colder morning again finds this Red-headed Woodpecker in Murray Valley against a backdrop of sycamore trees:

 

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Eating frosted crab-apples. Look at the bard on her beak to help hold the fruit:

 

Cedar Waxwing 10/17

Cedar Waxwing 10/17

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Much warmer this morning. I went out early this morning and found patchy light fog and it had lifted by 7:45 AM except over the Buffalo River below Pruitt. The interaction with the sunlight was pretty, however. In 2 days the tree color change has advanced a bit, with more oranges, and yellows showing of the hillsides. Saw a White-Throated Sparrow in a changing dogwood on the way back:

 

From south of Jasper

From south of Jasper

Parthenon Valley

Parthenon Valley

The Little Buffalo River

The Little Buffalo River

Little Buffalo River Valley

Little Buffalo River Valley

White Throated Sparrow in a Dogwood

White Throated Sparrow in a Dogwood

 

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…… and picked up the exact color of the Gum tree ……… AMAZING !!!

 

 

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There is still lots of green left so I am guessing still 1 1/2 – 2  weeks until peek colors. It was a cool breezy day (42F this morning) with only very early fog:

 

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Running up to Jasper this morning, I saw literally hundreds of Monarchs flying along side the road. When I got back home I counted about 5-7 Monarchs per minute flying over my home for 5 minutes (that is 25+). Seems to be a great comeback this year. Unfortunately, they are fighting a headwind 10-20 MPH but are all flying SW but it is so good to see them after last year’s BUST. Then, on my way back I saw and photographed what has to be the last Eastern Kingbirds stopping over, in migration:

 

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