Scenes from the Natural State

Random shots from recent road trips.

ALL ABOARD -- A stroke of folk art genius -- transforming a plain Jane concrete storm cellar into a school bus filled with friendly faces. This shot taken outside of Quitman, Ark.
"I'LL TRY SIR" -- This plaque was dedicated to James Miller, first territorial governor of Arkansas and one of the heroes of the War of 1812. He apparently was not much of a governor. Still, one of the state's 75 counties is named for him.
THE ROAD DOWN -- Driving down Petit Jean Mountain on a fine March day.
ELEGANT CURL -- Swan in the wetlands park in downtown Little Rock curls his neck tightly while preening.
SPAN -- First sections of road deck are going up at the Big Rock Interchange (I-630 and I-430 in Little Rock.)