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I drove down to Steel Creek today (2/13) and saw a small group of deer (mostly does) and a herd of Elk with the Bull watching his harem. Two of the largest does were sparring (boxing while standing on hind legs). They do this a lots in the spring long before dropping fawns to claim a grazing territory. Its’ mostly pointless, but it is a strong instinct:

 

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There were long icicles around and about Roark Bluff at Steel Creek today and water was still high enough to float today. The ice in the sickles appeared aqua-blue in the late light today or maybe it was minerals.  The temperature started at 15F at 6:30 AM but rose to 50F by 2 PM; beautiful day in the mountains:

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and a juvenile hawk warming today near Ponca:

 

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Steel Creek Photos one year ago tomorrow

Steel Creek Photos one year ago tomorrow

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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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During the 1960’s and until the later-1970s a duple of rock about a mile below Ponca and above Roark Bluff gave problems to canoeists of the day. Even though the Buffalo River is rated as a Class 1 and occasionally Class 2 River, these rocks caused problems for about 50% of the canoeists. The issue was a large rock in the middle of the river which forced canoeists to the right into a rocky bank. Experienced canoeists had little problem going to the left of the whole obstruction. Going between rocks was also possible but required good ferrying and stopping skills.

During the floods of the late 1970s to the mid-1980’s the rocks where moved and buried by the flooding waters; and there is no longer a narrowed passage. Photos follow from the mid-1970’s:

 

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With a good flow at Ponca the Buffalo River at Steel Creek looks inviting and very floatable. The smallmouth bass the goggle-eye are hitting and the Goggle-eye are spawning. These photos taken at the old Klemmer Hole below Bee Bluff in the middle of last week:

 

Looking into the Klemmer Hole from above

Looking into the Klemmer Hole from above

The bluff right below the Klemmer Hole

The bluff right below the Klemmer Hole

The large, high gravel bar at the Klemmer hole

The large, high gravel bar at the Klemmer hole

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Back at Steel Creek on December 28th  (about a week after the flood in the previous post), I was taking photos again. The Buffalo River was down quite a bit and the snow melted. These are photos of the Klemmer hole and the Sections of river below Roark Bluff towards the canoe put-in point just above the confluence of  Steel Creek. The Buffalo River’s water became that beautiful turquoise color that no other river can copy; about 6″ of Air at the Ponca Bridge; BEAUTIFUL !!!

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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

Ponca Low water bridge

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