Lind Hollow Trail by Winter

Ordinarily winter in northwest Arkansas is a time of sleet, ice, and bitter wind. Lots of bitter wind and wet air, which cold sinks deeper than the dry cold in the West—yet they get snow, go figure. This year we have had only a few nights below freezing and plenty more days over 60 degrees …

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Views of Lake Fort Smith Part II: Scientist

There's a phenomenon science students experience. Perhaps there's an inspirational, rare term assigned to it though I do not know what that would be. The landscape is no longer a cohesive environment of greenery and blotchy earth colors punctured by charismatic creatures and dramatic waterfalls. It...becomes millions of things that non-sciency friends rare their eyebrows …

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Views of Lake Fort Smith Part I: Civilian

Lake Fort Smith is one of the more popular hiking and boating destinations in my area. There the Ozark Highlands Trail, a 218 mile chain of interconnected trails and collectively the second longest in the state (the Ouachita Trail being the longest at 223 miles). They must be growing, because before I checked I could …

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Wilson Park: Dogs, Flowers and Fungi (oh! the fungi)

Deep oak and hickory wood laced with purring creeks and rocky rubble beckon me, but most days they must wait, as getting out of town to the nearest decent public hiking area requires twenty minutes--more than one can afford on a working day. Instead I often opt for a five minute drive (to avoid crossing …

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Project 365: December Dullness

We had lovely weather this past December. Clouds hung over us most days, and often drooled profusely. Thus I was trapped to taking photos inside the house. As much as I appreciate still life, I feel at odds posting them online, as I'm sure few other than sketch artists like them. Oh well. However, I …

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Project365: November

November = NaNoWriMo for me, so Project365 became something to simply keep up with, or use the cloudy, rainy weather as an excuse to get some still lifes of the curiosities around the house. However, I did get outside some. In Arkansas, after all, the post-chigger season starts in mid-November. This means one can hike …

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Litter is Gold by Leah Markum

Project365: October Autumn

As unfortunate as it is, I'm doing a Project365 in a year that happened to have rained a lot early in the year but not later, and I suspect that has led to the drabby autumn scenery. Last year autumn was a blast of rich color. Last year would have been a great year for …

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