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I drove into Jasper today and immediately noticed freezing/frozen fog on most mountain tops. The temperature in my yard was 37F but at 2000″ it was in the upper 20s. I drove up to above 2000′ on the way back and got a few iPhone photos:

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The colors this year never popped as they do in late October to the first few days of November. The result is a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th peak. Many trees refused to change from green to their fall colors until this morning. I drove into Jasper from my home today and was surprised to see that some south facing mountain tops had extraordinary orange, yellow, rust coloration; actually very pretty. Along a few rivers or larger creeks their was all lots of reds and oranges. By this time of the year the forest in usually brown.

This will be the final coloration however as an arctic blast is headed for us by morning. It is 70F  at noon today and tomorrow’s high will be in the low 40s and then 10 days, at least, of of temperatures way below mid-November’s to late-Novembers norms. I do expect teens with hight in the very low 30’s by Thursday:

 

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Since this year was not nearly as colorful as last year, here is a reminder of last fall; taken November 3, 2013:

 

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Ive been here 5 years now, and the drier years seem to produce the most brilliant leave colors in the fall. This was a very wet year (all year with nearly 50″ of rain so far), and the trees are either still green or have faded colors and are losing their leaves, or went from colorful to brown overnight. Today some of the oranges and yellows are mixed in with the dead and green leaves, so I am going back out to taken a few final photos of the 2014 color changeover:

These photos were taken yesterday late after the sun finally came out and is on the BRT below Ponca, Arkansas:

 

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Steel Creek Photos one year ago tomorrow

Steel Creek Photos one year ago tomorrow

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The low side of Henderson Mountain facing north, is in view in this photo and also its reflection. If you look closely, you may be able to see the highway winding up the side of the mountain. Henderson Mountain is about 10 miles long and has several points. Photo taken from Parthenon, Arkansas:

 

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Had a thunderstorm at 4 AM (1/3 inch of rain) but the lightning knocked out my power until 7 AM. The colors are quite pretty up north near the Missouri border, and down south in the Ouachita range but this sandstone on the Buffalo and Little Buffalo Boston Mountain peaks just does not make as stunning colors; as further north and south many years. We had a very wet summer and no hard freezes yet; but close. Many trees are still green but look to be turning brown and dry. I am not expecting much more color this year (just Maples) – HERE. Instead today I drove to some River access points and took a few reflections photos there (all 3 shot HDRs):

Above the 7 Bridge at Pruitt

Above the 7 Bridge at Pruitt

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Ozark CG

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Ozark CG eartlier

Below 7 Bridge at Pruitt

Below 7 Bridge at Pruitt

Little Buffalo down the road

Little Buffalo down the road

 

 

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Climbing the 3.5 mile grade of Shiloh Mtn (32 degrees)

Climbing the 3.5 mile grade of Shiloh Mtn (32 degrees)

Little Buffalo at Parthenon

Little Buffalo at Parthenon

Little Buffalo at Murray

Little Buffalo at Murray

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A few photos from 10/24/2014. The first bluff lines are commonly 1,000 feet above the valleys below and it is a bit cooler up there, this is where the maples of Arkansas are common and are now beginning their autumn color change; a few of the photos below are sweet gums along the Little Buffalo River. Peak should be next week.

 

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Little Buffalo River

Little Buffalo River

 

 

 

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