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Fall foliage 2014

This year the trip for color took me to Northwest Arkansas.  I spent the better part of October 28 and 29 in the areas around Cedarville, War Eagle, Ponca, Clarksville, and Sand Gap.

Stops were made at Natural Dam, Triple Falls, Haw Creek Falls, Withrow Springs, Six Finger Falls, and Falling Water Falls.  A good deal of time was spent around Camp Orr, but I found the Falling Water Falls area to be the prettiest.

I cut short the trip by a day, and had planned to get south of I-40 around Mount Magazine and Mount Nebo, but gathered a good number of photos and decided to return home to prepare the garden for the upcoming freeze.

Hydro, Oklahoma – June 28, 2014

I did not do a good job this summer uploading images to the blog.  Most of my work has been making it only to my Facebook page.  So, I am going to rapid fire images that have been captured over the last few months.  This first shot was taken during the early morning hours of June 28th in Hydro, Oklahoma as storms moved off to the east.

First image of the new year

Okarche, OKAround 1 am this morning, I stepped out back captured this – looking north down the UP-OKT here in Okarche.  The temperature wasn’t too bad (a few degrees above freezing), but a brisk wind made it feel like it was in the mid 20′s.

A little of this, and a little of that…

Happy Mabon!  A time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.  The Autumn Equinox will occur on Sunday, September 22nd at 3:44 pm.

The photos above are of a brilliant sunset which occurred on Friday the 20th.  It’s rare to have amazing color stretching across all quadrants of the sky.  Three of the views are from the house looking west, south, and east.  The last image is a view to the west from the west side of Okarche.

Temperatures across the state were more like fall after a cold front passed on Thursday.  The mesonet early this morning shows several temperatures in the 40′s.  It’s easy to start thinking about the upcoming winter.

After an above normal snow season last year, the average has increased slightly to 9.9 inches in Okarche.  The upcoming snow season will be tracked at http://www.okweatherwatch.com/wx/1314snowfall.jpg

We are likely over a month away from our first freeze, but the record earliest freeze in Okarche was on October 7, 1952.  Other dates concerning the first freeze can be found here: http://www.okweatherwatch.com/wx/okarchefirstfreeze.jpg

One last look…

…and then it’s time to put this one to bed.  While disappointing visually, Comet PanSTARRS did give astro-photographers plenty of opportunities.  I had my Moon conjunction scene, my cityscape, and now my rural scene.  It was good practice for future comets and worth the effort since I’m not likely to be alive when this one comes around again in about 11,000 years.

Comet PanSTARRS