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We only received 1.5 inches of rain here in the Murray Valley near Parthenon. We were supposed to get twice as much but there was, but, it is supoosed to continue raining util Wedensday afternoon. So we will see. As it is the Buffalo River at Ponca and the Little Buffalo at Parthenon each came up over 4 feet insuring great floating next weekend and probably the weekend after.

There was a beautiful Orchard Oriole out in the rain in a rose bush this morning and I get a photo of him seemingly enjoying the cooler weather. Look at his black body and chestnut-orange breast and wing bars. Taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF300L f.2.8 Lens:

 

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I was amazed that a mere 1.2 inches of rain (a steady rain too) had caused the Little buffalo to rise 16″ overnight. There was likely lots more rain up near Deer or Swain last evening than here. Anyway, it is once again, floatable.

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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.

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Ponca Low water bridge

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We got 1.21 inches of rain yesterday (Saturday) following about 0.80 the previous 2 days which brings the month of October total to over 2.0 inches. It was 42 degrees at dawn this morning. I am looking for the upper 30s on Monday morning. Since I live close to and surrounded by National Parks and US Forest Service land; it has been impossible to get around for photography due to the government shutdown.

While the US government plays games (an they are silly); all we can do it WAIT while both sides bargain with money they DO NOT HAVE (funny money). It is sad to see it come to this !!

I do spend lots of time doing necessary yard work and planting winter crops for wildlife.

The Eastern Bluebirds have been keeping me company the whole time and enjoy using my lawnmower handle as a lookout for insects:

 

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Its beautiful outside this morning but very humid. We did get another 1/2″ exactly, of rain yesterday. Colors on the trees are beginning to show. Some sweetgums are beautiful now with their purples, oranges, and yellows. It is supposed to get stormy tonight (possible severe weather) and much colder on Sunday and very cold early next week (30’s).

Last evening I sat out in the yard and watched the juvenile bluebirds and a few Willow flycatchers which are still in migration. The Bluebirds do winter here:

 

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It is raining right now. It has been for 10 minutes after the 1/3″ we got Wednesday afternoon in a quick 10 minute thundershower. It really poured for 5 minutes (6.82 inches  per hour rate). I woke this morning a 5:45 AM to complete darkness. It was cloudy with little moonlight and a good way until sunrise. I wen to the Jasper Farm Store and Bob’s Hardware to pick up a few items. On the way back to Murray Road, the sun came out briefly and I got a ;picture of the hay bales along Highway 327. We are supposed to get a few thundershowers today, tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, then the coldest air of this fall season is expected to penetrate into NW Arkansas with lows in the mid-30’s. Looking forward to it !!!!

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Very pleased !  We got over 0.9 inches of rain by dawn and a few mored 1/100’s since then; possibly a little more to come today before it turns much cooler and dries out for the weekend. I saw several “out of normal range” Western Kingbirds yesterday. They are very pretty with a fluffy yellow underside but a typical Kingbird squared tail and wings. They have taken to a Black Walnut tree in the yard from which the hunt insects:

 

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