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At the 105 year old Oark (yes Oark, no Z) Country Store on the upper Mulberry River in the southern Boston Mountains, with a decorated Cedar Tree and a beautiful floatable River just downstream at “Wolf Pen” access. Best burgers in Arkansas and beautiful old time atmosphere:

 

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and a juvenile hawk warming today near Ponca:

 

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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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