This is a collection of musings and imagery by people rediscovering the world beyond neat suburbs and bustling mini-metro areas.

We are also lazy naturalists. We don’t go on big overland photo safaris, but try to capture what’s compelling nearby, whether  on the road with the top down, making the short hike to the neighbors’ homes or sitting on the deck marveling at what God has wrought.

The primary photographic weapon is now a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, replacing the impressive Sony DSC-H10 whose flash gave up the ghost after 10,000 frames, but can still shoot nicely. (A Panasonic camera. Whoda thunk?) The Panasonic has a bewilderingly large array of digital aids, some practical and some funnily superfluous (you need a food setting?) Well, there’s plenty of time to experiment with all of it. The camera does come with both an on-board flash and a hot shoe. The latter can also be used to hold an optical rangefinder (!) or a digital viewfinder. So helpful on those too-sunny-to-see-the-darned-LCD-screen days.

As always, don’t leave home without it.

Why “Suburban Ferndale?”  Ferndale is an unincorporated community with a downtown at the intersection of Pulaski County Roads 41 and 38 (also known as “the four-way” — “stop” is understood). There are  handful of businesses, including two gas stations, two eateries and a mini-storage. Landmarks include two churches, an Extension Homemakers Club, a sheriff’s substation and a West Pulaski Fire Department substation. The area is also home to the state 4-H center and a couple of camps and one arts/theater facility. An 18-mile drive east will land you in downtown Little Rock.

We are so far back in the woods, we have to haul the big green garbage can nearly a mile to the pick up point. As we see it,  this is suburban Ferndale.

2504 Ferndale Cut Off Road

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  1. Great blog here! I especially appreciate that fact that you’re urban/suburban in origin. Please check out my blog when you get a chance. I have written a novel set in a fictional Boston Mountains region. Birds figure prominently as motifs. In the meantime, I will be perusing your site for interesting correlations!

  2. In the footsteps of Tolkien! I hadn’t thought of that, but I like it! Unfortunately I am in the Rockies, so I can’t get out and explore your region as much as I’d like (although there is nothing unfortunate about living in the Rockies!). I visited the Buffalo River region back in ’08 specifically to study flora and fauna for the book. I learned a lot, but not nearly enough. I am hoping your blog my help me fill in some of the gaps. By the way, aside from your humor, I really enjoy your focus on the tiny, seemingly mundane aspects of natural life, e.g. the dead snail on the glass and close-ups of lichen. Nice work!

  3. Good morning Interface! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for 2 blog awards over on Biltrix. In fact I think I nominated you for two other’s previously, so there’s 4 in total to choose from. Plus I noted in the comment just above mine, that you already just received at least one of the one’s I nominated you for. Congratulations, you’ve certainly got a good thing going here, and thanks for the inspirational blogging! — especially the photos!

    1. Thanks so much for the nomination! Been trying to get to the site, but been having trouble getting it to load. Must be a lot of traffic in the hours before the deadline. Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness!

  4. Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I enjoy your posts and comments, I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://wp.me/p2ekZU-ZC. All the best!

  5. You have a great Christmas and holidays as well. Me and Paco are still hiking and mountain biking just not doing much blogging. Been in a bit of a funk in the writing department and maybe I’ll come out of it eventually. I think I just enjoy doing the things much more than writing about them. I always enjoy seeing your new photos and posts so keep up the great work. I wish I had the drive that you have to maintain a blog with all your photos and writings. Stay safe and keep on blogging my friend.

    1. We know that feeling about enjoying rather than always thinking about “recording/reporting” so it can be blogged. At some point is it refreshing to put down the camera and the keyboard and remember what it was you enjoyed so much that you wanted to share it through the blog!

      Hope you get refreshed and enjoy the trails! Give Paco a Merry Christmas scratch behind the ears. 🙂

  6. Thanks for following my blog–I am happy to have discovered yours as a result! I really enjoyed looking through it. The sunset shots–really spectacular! I love the idea of finding nature right in your own backyard. And taking pictures of it, too!

  7. I’ll look forward to visiting a lot. Because you followed my blog, I found yours. It’s really nice here!

  8. Wonderful ‘About’ page. Coming from London as I do… you guys sound very exotic!! So looking to reading more of your posts and seeing the world through your eyes. Peace and blessings. Michele

  9. Thank you for visiting WryGrass….I got right giddy looking through your photos and had to control myself before I started rapid firing the “like” button! Will definitely return.

  10. I love it. Our community of 120 random folks live varying distances the Elderwood Market, which is no longer a market, but is our only public building. It is located on the corner of two minor state highways, 216 and 245 better known as Avenue 376 and Millwood Drive. Out here we have more cows than people, most of them (the cows) are bulls. I love your sense of humor! 🙂 Marsha 🙂

    1. Pleasure to “meet” you! We have a few cows out here too, a few horses and we can hear a handful of chickens., but the woods are filled with deer, turkeys, coyotes and a bear or two.

  11. Hello! I found you on The Blonde Gardener. We live in NWA, but I have been to Ferndale. It is beautiful. It is fun to meet other Arkansas bloggers and nature enthusiasts. Feel free to stop by and visit us at charmingfarming.com !

  12. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…
    UNCLE SPIKE

  13. Hello Ferndale Arkansas!
    Thank you for stopping by Just Another Nature Enthusiast and giving by blog a “follow.”
    I’m intrigued by the “About” description for your blog and will stop by to meander through!

    Thanks,
    Jane

  14. Hello, Suburban Ferndale, Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I like your sense of humor and love your photos. Looing forward to read more.

  15. I’m not only giving a like, but also a follow! You got a genuine laugh out of me with “lazy naturalists” and I only wish I was clever enough to describe myself that way. I’m doing something similar to you on one of my blogs, Creative Nonfiction 315.

    Looking forward to following your adventures with your camera.

    Regards,

    Chris

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! We do appreciate the follow and the close read. Love the visuals at CreativeNonfiction315 and the clever name of your BedlamandChaosReview. That deserved not only an out-loud laugh, but a toast with a spirited beverage.

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