Gothic kind of day

Winter in the South comes with (the moist) air of mystery.
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Happy Place

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks: ” Where’s your happy place?” For us,  it’s that place where the rising sun’s rays skim across the mountain folds, and updrafts sustain the wind play of vultures and hawks. It’s that place where birds fill the ears with chirps and whistles and hoots, and buck snorts add exclamation points to the Ouachita Mountain soundtrack. It’s also the place that has served as a bird blind, galactic observatory and deer-watching platform. That happy place is our deck.

Sunset Sept. 19, 2015.
Sunset Sept. 19, 2015.
AUTUMN FOG -- Fog fills valleys in the Ouachita Mountains. Taken Sept. 15, 2016.
AUTUMN FOG — Fog fills valleys in the Ouachita Mountains. Taken Sept. 15, 2016.

Mountain wave

Arkansas is a landlocked state, but it doesn’t mean we don’t see mountainous waves on occasion. Back in July, this thick bank of fog rolled in from the west, breaking over a long fold ridge and spilling down its southern flank. The second shot is the wave just a moment or two earlier as it was cresting.

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Holding back the sun

Thick mist holds back the morning sun at the Fruit Research Station in Clarksville, Arkansas. Taken Dec. 9, 2014, near one of the station’s peach orchards.

Peach trees in the mist.
MIST IN THE ORCHARD — The sun, filtered  by heavy fog, throws peach trees in silhouette at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station.

Weekly photo challenge: Eerie

In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, this week’s challenge is eerie.

We have two photos this week, one new and one old. The top shot was taken on a late October morning as we headed out of town on a road trip. The fog-softened silhouettes and the spotlight effect of the sun brought an air of mystery to the drive. The second photo was taken in a cypress swamp in 2011 at the site of the Battle of Jenkins Ferry.  The original post is here: https://suburbanferndaleark.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/battle-of-jenkins-ferry/.  The shadows and reflections — one in particular — looked like the ghostly image of a man standing with his hands in his pockets.

Silhouette of car in sunrise.
OUT OF THE MIST. A car comes out of the fog lit by the just-risen sun.
Cypress swamp.
GHOSTS — After downloading this image of the Saline River, something remarkable showed on the screen that didn’t show in the viewfinder. In the middle left, there appears the image of a man standing at ease, with his hands in his pockets. With a little more imagination, reflections of the other cypresses in the water could be ghosts of armies past.

Weekly photo challenge: The golden hour

Once again, better late than never. Here is our entry for the July 12 challenge: The Golden Hour. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-golden-hour/

Sunshine skims over mountaintops.
Morning sun skims the tops of this mist-cloaked Ouachita ridge.

Other golden entries:

  1. The golden hour in Carcassonne, France | Penne 4 Your Thoughts
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour #iphoneography #Photography #Gallery | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
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  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | hek reschberger – more than light
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  6. Weekly challenge : The Golden Hour | parislux
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | West Coast Kayaker
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | aNadventures
  9. Fetch | Taking One Day At A Time
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: the golden hour | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number
  11. Light across the Water (weekly photo challenge) | A Beautiful Epiphany
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | HeartBound
  13. Behold the Golden Hour | fingerprintwriting
  14. 7-17-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour (Take 2) | The Quotidian Hudson
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Imperfect Happiness
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Daily Story Notes
  17. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : THE GOLDEN HOUR | Lieshadie’s Blog
  18. Weekly Photography Challenge: The Golden hour II | sukies original
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge – The Golden Hour | Pic a colour 4 Me
  20. Golden Hour – Morning on the Ghats of Varanasi | Ron Mayhew’s Blog
  21. The Golden Hour + My Holiday Plans! | An Evil Nymph’s Blog
  22. The Golden Hour + My Holiday Plans! |
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | con-Stella-rations
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | no step too loose
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge – Golden Hour | Pic a colour 4 Me
  26. bridge | yi-ching lin photography
  27. The Golden Hour | Sithiram
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour | Nins’ Travelog
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour | Shmamaland
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – 2 | West Coast Kayaker
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Efrata Denny
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour | Shutter bug
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Elizabeth Melton Parsons
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Tranquil Dreams