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I made a trip out after a few showery days. It was very foggy and 39F this morning; but, was 56F by 9 AM. Drove to the Triple Falls (actually called Double Falls) at Camp Orr on the Buffalo River; across a field. Lots of early wildflowers in bloom or getting ready to bloom soon.

The water was not high in the falls; about normal. The falls is fed by two creeks; one called Shop Creek and the other is unnamed and is about 40 feet tall. This is not the Shop Creek that flows from Alum Natural Bridge to the Little Buffalo. I did not know what to expect after the rains – but they did not total that much in the end.

I saw Bloodroot, Anemones, Toothwort, a very few opened Trout Lilies (Dog Toothed Violets – But all that were opened were the early Yellow variety), Spring Beauties, Bluets, Harbinger, and Johnny Jump Ups. Some in great numbers. No Trilliums yet. It will peak from a wildflower perspective in the next 10 days. This is a warmer sheltered and damp area.

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Last week we had a 2.14 inches of rain. In the high country that precipitation brings the creeks and rivers up and that affords some on the finest scenery in the US in my opinion. For instance, Henson Creek between Ponca and Parthenon fall approximately 460 feet in 4 miles or 115 feet per mile. It is floatable by Kayak for a short time most years.

Next, there is Shop Creek, which empties into the Little Buffalo in Parthenon. It also has a gradient of 80-100 feet per mile in it’s floatable stretches. In can be floated from a few miles below Alum Cove (the natural bridge) to its confluence with the Little Buffalo and is a beautiful run. Of course, most of these floats are on private property and necessary arrangements need to be made.

From the middle of February through May is a great time to get out and view these sections of these outstanding creeks. The Boston Mountains are is as scenic as the southern and middle Appalachian Mountains and much closer to Springfield MO, Little Rock, AR., Memphis TN, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK.

Here are some photos from last week, 2 days after the rains:

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