A tree reflects in a creek near Mitchell Road in Stone County, Arkansas. The picture was shot from a low-water bridge upstream of the tree. There were no signs to identify the stream. From map reconnaissance, the best I can tell, the creek is named "Roasting Ear Creek," properly pronounced "rohs'near." For non-southerners, a "roas'near" (the proper spelling), is a ripe ear of corn.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
In north Arkansas, leaves have dropped and most of the trees are now bare. While some may see this as a bleak environment, the fact is that for the next few months, Mother Nature will pull back the curtains on wonders we cannot see when the mountains are sporting their full measure of foliage.
This time of year, you begin to see drop offs that are downright scary, cliffs you did not know were there, and stream beds that you might have guessed were there but did not know for sure. The beauty is still there, manifested in different costuming.
The water is low at the Hanover Road low-water bridge over Turkey Creek in Stone County. In March there was a healthy flow across the bridge. Different time, different light, different water. See it here.
Because light now penetrates the bare forest canopy, there are pictures which can be shot that might be otherwise nigh impossible. The reflections in the picture below are a good example.
Just upstream from the low-water bridge, bare trees of late fall reflect in Turkey Creek. These reflections were not available from April through late October. The boondocks abound with such marvels. Unfortunately few see them. They are not visible from a recliner.
Take this hint: Mother Nature does not close-up shop when the weather gets cold.
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