Wildflowers and wildlife aren’t the only beauties in these Ouachitan woods. While grown up oaks add to the lovely fall color here, these youngins show their spring colors nicely.
The bright pink of these wild phlox caught my eye while wandering around the deer trails in the Ouachita (pronounced “WASH’-ih-taw”) Mountains. An incoming storm system brought some big winds from the south and even at ground level (at 700 feet or so), these phlox were flying.
Our first snake sighting — at least of one near the house — happened on Wednesday. A little water snake warming himself on the concrete road that runs near the neighborhood pond. We just missed running him over and stopped the car to get out and my husband moved him to a safer location. He wan’t terribly appreciative of the gesture and lunged at the air near my husband’s legs. (After getting home, we had to looked him up be sure he wasn’t a copperhead.)
This week’s photo challenge is titled “Monument.” Here is our monument to spring in the Arkansas Ouachita mountains: All of 5 inches tall including stem, this crested iris is getting ready to unfurl its flag.
Other monuments we liked:
- Monument to Dad: http://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/at-ease-soldier/
- Monuments to Boston and US history: http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2014/04/11/4-11-14-weekly-photo-challenge-monument/
- Global monuments: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/04/11/monuments-around-the-world/
- An ageless monument seen through the eyes of an 8-year-old: http://bellabelle1.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/weekly-photo-challenge-monument/
- A monument to conservation: http://dewetswild.com/2014/04/11/monument/
- A story of Astoria, Ore.: http://ceenphotography.com/2014/04/11/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-astoria-column/