Showing posts from August, 2018

A Note From The Road: From the Garden - Summer Storm - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Thunderstorms are moving in Henry!
I love the snarly, windy, dramatic, air cleaning process that thunderstorms bring.
I also love sitting on the porch during the wild weather and I am grateful for my covered porch.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: In the Garden - August Thistle 2018 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

There are so many thistles about Henry:
I know they are weeds but I love them and think they are pretty.
Although hiking through a patch of them is no fun at all.
This is another one that I liked so much, I made it an art print.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - The Beyond - Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas

I am so fortunate to live near this museum Henry,
Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas has a great collection.  They also put together some very cool special exhibits.
This summer they put together an exhibit called "Beyond O'Keeffe" which contained much of her work, as well as some from artists with a similar "feel".
I love O'Keeffe's work, but, The Beyond - one of her last pieces  - she had to paint this using her peripheral vision as her eyesight was failing - I think will always be my favorite.  
What lies beyond the horizon?
Fish was such a good sport to go with me.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: In the Garden - Raindrops on Rose Leaves - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Oh, my dear Henry - 
There seems to be so much going on in the world and none of it seems very positive.
I want to hear some happy thoughts.
I'll go first - I took this amazing picture today of the rain on my roses, AND, I had really yummy hashbrowns, with cheese, because it is Friday and we can't be carb free all of the time.

You go next, what positive thing happened to you today?
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: In the Garden - Dahlia in the Rain - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,
It has been raining buckets here today, but for a brief moment it stopped and I was able to run outside to take pictures of the raindrops.
I love how the dahlia turned out, I think I am going to make an art print out of it.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Have a Seat - Hwy 62 - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The road to Eureka Springs is so pretty Henry:

This section has "shelves" that you can climb up to and which offer a great view of the surrounding area, the wildlife, and the road below.
It is such a great way to relax and escape from the touristy part of Eureka Springs.
Someone even brought up a chair.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Fair Days - Bentonville, Arkansas

I love going to the fair Henry!
Right now, there have been fairs and festivals all around us and they are still ongoing. 
I love the crafts, cotton candy and the carni rides (although I don't ever ride them).
It is so much fun to look at the animals too, especially the goats, sheep, and bunnies.  The kids that raise these animals work so hard, and you can tell.
The Benton county fair also had some amazing quilts.
This weekend, it is the Washington county fair.  I am looking forward to it.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Studio Time Arkansas - Green Poms - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I found the coolest flowers ever Henry,
These were used as a filler for a bouquet I bought, but really, these are some pretty awesome looking flowers on their own.
They look like Dr. Seuss flowers, and, apparently come in more colors than green.
I need to find seeds for these.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Studio Time Arkansas - Pink Rose Detail - Bella Vista, Arkansas.

I found the most awesome roses Henry,
While shopping at the grocery store, I glanced at the selection of cut flowers.  There was a bouquet that had these incredibly chubby, in full bloom pink roses.
They were gorgeous, so I bought the bouquet, and then proceeded to photograph the roses.
I really love the way this macro turned out.  I feel like I nailed the shot.
I am making an art print out of this one as well.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - August Ozark Dawn - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

I have been waking up before the sun lately Henry,
and, despite the grumbling, the pre-dawn hours are beautiful.

I love the sky and I love the way it is colored, with the reds and purples.
It is hard to be in a bad mood waking up to something so beautiful.
I even made an art print out of this shot.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From The Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Lake Francis - Hwy 59 - Township 13, Arkansas

My dear Henry,
While traveling down Hwy 59 we came upon this decrepit gateway, leading to "Lake Francis". The gates, standing open, had long since rusted and were sagging.
It looked like the entrance you may expect to Camp Crystal Lake (of Friday the 13th fame).
There are of course stern "No Trespassing" "24-hour video surveillance" signs everywhere as well.
Back to civilization, we googled it, finding out that from about 1930 to 1970 it was "THE" recreational lake in the area.  Then, of course, it got dirty, really dirty.
and then the dam leaked.
and finally, in 1990, the dam was destroyed.
So, not haunted, just gone.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Fish Everywhere - Hwy 59 - Cedarville, Arkansas

The streams and rivers in Arkansas are so much different than mountain streams Henry:
They move so slowly, and unless it rains, the water doesn't usually carry sediment.
The waterways here are generally crystal clear, and you get to watch the underwater activity from above.
Despite the appearance, this water is actually almost a foot deep  - it is a very easy thing to do around here, step into water that seems the depth of a puddle, and find yourself in water up to your knees.
Of course, it has been so hot, that being submerged in water isn't a bad thing.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Natural Dam - Hwy 59 - Cedarville, Arkansas

Hey Henry,
It has been hot again, and we were looking for someplace to go to cool off.
This is Natural Dam, which, depending on the water levels can also be considered a waterfall. A 200-foot shelf spans the entire width of Mountain Fork Creek and creates a wonderful little swimming pool.
We weren't the only people taking advantage of this nature made pool, it was pretty popular, with several barbeques going on in the background.  
Everyone was really nice about letting me get a quick shot in, although, if I had wanted models, there were these two very cute kids who really, really wanted their picture taken. (I had to decline, I strongly feel that you shouldn't take pictures of other peoples kids to put on the internet.)
Anyway, have a great day!
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Hollyhock Buds - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Hollyhocks have been such a pleasure Henry, 

They have been almost care-free and in continual bloom, even though it has been so hot this summer.
Even now, they are putting out new flowers, when most of the other flowers have wilted away.
I love the color too, I managed to find a deep purple, almost black flowered hollyhock plant and it has been an attention grabber. (someone knocked on my door the other day to remark upon it)
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Road Trip Arkansas - Dahlia in Demitasse - Hwy 549 - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Dear Henry,
I broke off a dahlia today and I broke the stem well.  There was just the tiniest bit of stem left and I was struggling to find something to put the flower in until I noticed my Wedgewood demitasse cup.  It fit perfectly, and, because it looked so cute, I ended up taking some still lifes.
I really like how it turned out.
xoxo a.d.