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Two young Bald Eagles swept in over the Little Buffalo this morning before the sun came out (they may be 2-5 years old); pictures are of gliding, landing, and balancing, then later the two (male and female together). The male is the smaller bird. Taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 300L IS 2.8 Lens with a Canon 1.4X TC:

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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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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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Highly Saturated due the cloudy skies and late hour colors have advanced a good deal in 3 days; the Buffalo River below Bee Bluff, Roark Bluff with with tall sweet gums in front, the drive to Steel Creek:

 

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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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