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I visited Richland Wilderness on Friday afternoon. I got out and walked a bit on the south end of the Creek. The Witch Hazel is in bloom and very fragrant now. My favorite place after 50 years. It is still wild. with no trails; except a rough trail blazed to Richland Creek from the small camping spot above the bridge on the South side of the creek, below the confluence with the Devil’s Fork. There has been a lot of road construction on the north entrance; I don’t like what they have done; it will take 20 years to regenerate what they destroyed. Saw a bunch of Northern Cardinals at the re-routed entrance also.

The southern entrance remains the same expect a few more houses each year. The south entrance road is badly washboarded for 7 miles. The northern entrance has been re-routed, best I can tell (up near Iceledo Gap). There has been very heavy logging near the north entrance also. All in all, it was a beautiful day with highs about 44F. Left through the south entrance road paralleling Falling Water Creek:

 

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Last Thursday, I drove into CR 1205 all the way the from Highway 16 to Iceledo Gap. The weather was pretty; high in the mid-60s, and a bright sunny March sky. It had rained an inch about 3 days prior so the creek was running pretty good.  I reached Falling Water Falls about 9:00 AM and the falls was shaded (sun yet to climb over the backdrop of trees), so I took a few photos, enjoyed the smell of witch hazel in bloom (after doubling back an hour and a half later I did get a few more pictures with a Canon G15 Point and Shoot), and then drove down past the huge landslide repair area to ……..

http://www.geology.ar.gov/pdf/Richland%20Creek%20Road%20landslide.pdf

Richland Creek and walked the south bank and got a few photos that show the true colors of the waters of Richland Creek; one of my  “all time” favorite spots:

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These photos are a week old now; from back when the sun used to shine (its been mostly cloudy for a week now and unseasonably cold too), 28F again this morning. These are of American Goldfinches just beginning to molt to yellow; with 5 weeks they will be bright yellow. The mourning cloak was in the snow at Richland Creek, two weeks ago. I took the Goldfinch photos in my yard with a telephoto lens about Feb 20th, 2013:

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