Fall in Arkansas 2016

November 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

It has been unusual year for the timing of good fall foliage in Arkansas.  An unseasonably warm October has been the primary reason for delaying the best color about 2 weeks.  As a native Arkansan, I have never seen it peak this late.  Usually, the peak color in the Arkansas Ozarks is around the end of October and start of November.  However, this year it didn't come until mid-November.  Finding good color was not only late but also harder to find this year.  Still, I did manage to come away with a few good images.  

Probably my favorite fall color picture of the season was this one at Richland Creek, which in my opinion is among the most beautiful streams in Arkansas.  I also visited a couple of my favorite views of the Buffalo River.  While the color was not especially good, the sunset was great from atop this bluff upstream of Tyler Bend.  

Peter Cave Bluff SunsetPeter Cave Bluff Sunset

Some of my best pictures in the last few weeks have been without fall color as the primary feature of the photograph.  Last weekend, we had a full moon.  Because the full moon this month was the closest to the Earth since 1948, it has been called a "Supermoon".  The moon appears only about 15% bigger and brighter than the average full moon but it is still impressive.  I was fortunate to have clear skies Sunday night to have a good vantage point of the rising moon at Lake Fayetteville.  

SupermoonSupermoon Lake FayettevilleLake Fayetteville

On the morning after the official full moon, I thought I would drive up to the top of Mount Sequoyah, the highest point in my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas.  My initial plan was to photograph the setting moon above "Old Main" shortly after sunrise.  Old Main is the iconic old building that represents the University of Arkansas.  However, the moon was too high in the sky above the building for a really nice scene of the two features together.  However, with  shallow ground fog hovering over the campus, it made a striking scene of fog on the ground at the base of the building with the two towers over the fog.  With Old Main located over a mile away from my vantage point, I used a zoom lens to capture this scene.  The focal length was 600mm, the closest I could zoom in.  

Old Main FogOld Main Fog

 


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