Another redhead in the parking lot*

Theparking lots between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Cooperative Extension  Service headquarters are ringed with a mix of old, tall hardwoods and pines that rise to somewhere in the 50-70 foot range. This thin forest is home to an abundance of life including hawks, raccoons and coyotes. There are several types of woodpeckers too; red-bellied, pileated and this fellow, the red-headed woodpecker.

ON HIGH — Red-headed woodpecker enjoys the view from atop a large, leafless pine tree.

(*The earlier redhead in the parking lot was a spectacular red maple)

Winter in the Ouachitas

Just a two days after enjoying temperatures in the upper 50s, our highs today aren’t expected to reach above the freezing mark. After our 6-8 inch snow fall, not much was moving around, except for the deer.

Japanese lantern
Rustic stacked-stone Japanese lantern stands waist deep in snow.
Deer in the snow
Deer heading for the south valley after an early morning stop at the lake.
Snowy Ouachita ridges
Snow decorates the shoulders of Ouachita ridges.
Snow domes on the sidewalk
Odd, random snow domes on the sidewalk.
Snow-covered branches
A tangle of snow-covered branches.