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10/21/2011

10/21/2011

10/21/2011

10/21-2011

Thanksgiving Day Drive

One never knows when a good picture will present itself. I try to keep a camera within grasp pretty much all the time. I did a bit of traveling, which presented a great time to get out and explore the beauty of NW Arkansas.

11/24/2011
I headed to Harrison to see the family on Thanksgiving morning. It was extremely foggy the whole way through Eureka Springs. Being this is the heart of the Ozark mountains, one had to take e the roads very carefully. I came around a corner and the road and fog provided me with this great shot. I love the leaves on the ground, but bare trees. Also how the road just disappears into the fog.

11/24/2011
Coming home after eating way too much and visiting with friends, I captured this photo. I was setting at a stop light in Green Forrest Arkansas. This is a pretty small community, so the lights and decor are nothing extravagant. Reminded of the small town Christmas’s I grew up with.  The contrast between slight color and black/white really set this apart for me. I love how the old courthouse looks with the simple colors.

11/27/2011
As with any city that has been around a number of years, there are some forgotten areas. There is a beautiful creek that flows through the middle of Bella Vista, Arkansas. The rumor is that years ago, there was an RV park situated in this creek. It has since been abandoned and grown over, but certain elements still remain. This park bench shows how mother nature can slowly take over, and break down what we have built.

11/27/2011
No amazing back story here. Just a simple shot of the gorgeous creek. There is something very soothing about moving water. Also its unique how no matter how unique the creek is……it could be any of a hundred from ones memories.

Cigars from Across the Ocean

Collecting and smoking cigars has been a hobby of mine for some time. The art produced around the growing, production, and smoking of this tobacco is very interesting. Here are a few shots I took of a few different vitola.

7/2/2011

7/2/2011

6/24/2011

6/24/2011

There is something almost haunting about the old train tracks that run through downtown Rogers. Years ago the Frisco line brought about the beginnings of what we know as Rogers, Ar. They are still used today by a few of the industries in town as well as the occasional consumer ride down to Van Buren. It is a unique look at how the world used to travel in a simple day.

4/17/2011

Lat:  36°20’18.89″N

Long:  94° 6’53.98″W

4/17/2011

Lat:  36°20’18.89″N

Long:  94° 6’53.98″W

4/17/2011

Lat:  36°19’46.11″N

Long:  94° 6’59.00″W

4/17/2011

Lat:  36°19’46.11″N

Long:  94° 6’59.00″W

Snapped these at my good friend, Frank Romeo’s tobacco shop. I enjoy a good pipe or cigar, and love some of the art and pictures that capture this hobby. Lots of history in these hand made wonders. Thanks to Frank for letting me mess around in his shop and humidor.

9/30/2011

The cigar box is almost as well known as the cigars themselves. Down through the years there has been many different types. Art deco, normal dress, high end burl and spanish cedar, and the plain old wood. The texture of the wood and being able to catch the two nails adds a little uniqueness to this image. The recognizable, but unfocused warranty seal.

9/30/2011

What is a good ole tobacco shop without the briar pipe? Scenes of these wooden wonders bring many people back to memories of their fathers or grandfathers smoking a cherry smelling tobacco.

9/30/2011

There is not much better to pair with a good cigar than a small glass of your spirit of choice. In this case the cigar boxes in the foreground are giving way to one of my drinks of choice, the Glenfiddich. There is not much that cannot be fixed or problem solved over a good cigar and some scotch.

9/30/2011

Unless you have lived under a rock all your life, the corn cob pipe should bring back memories of life on the farm or childhood cartoons. Used because they were easy and cheap to make, these were and still are used by many pipe connoisseurs. While maybe not as elegant as it briar brother, the cob holds a place in every smokers collection.

Here are some more shots from different times on the beautiful Beaver Tailwaters. A few of these were shot during the winter. Its amazing how even with the absence of colorful trees, the water is still awe inspiring.

12/18/2010

Lat:  36°25’19.83″N

Long:  93°50’33.59″W

This morning was very chilly. Through the fog you can see the frost on the tree tops. It is amazing how still life can be right before the sun breaks over the horizon. This is a pristine time to reflect. The sun has yet to wake the animals and burn off the moisture hanging in the air.

12/18/2010

Lat:  36°25’19.83″N

Long:  93°50’33.59″W

12/18/2010

Lat:  36°25’19.83″N

Long:  93°50’33.59″W

There is truly something unique about the look and feel of a wooden boat. So simple, yet the grains say so much. The water in the background look like an oil painting next to the hard definitions of the gunnel of the boat.

The Beaver Tailwaters is my home water here in NW Arkansas. It is a great place to chase rainbow and brown trout year round with my favorite hobby…..the fly rod. The weather this morning was slightly cold and very foggy. “Soupy” some of my friends would call it. This is exactly the kind of weather we like. Fishing slowed a bit and I was able to snap some great pictures while Kevin kept searching for the picky trout. Kevin is one of the guys I blame for my fly fishing hobby. He was the first to take my “trash” rod and have me cast a true work of art. Kevin guide with my other good friend Ken Richards at Just Fishin’ Guides.

9-12-2010

Lat  36°25’51.03″N

Long  93°49’10.89″W

It is easy to feel the stillness of the air and the slight breeze of the fog moving through. Fall is just starting so there is a slight crispness to the air. Leaves are also just beginning to change. The water, as always, is very cold. A shiver is not unheard of by any means. A good cup of coffee in between fishing stints makes the day go by much more smooth.

9/12/2010

Lat  36°25’51.03″N

Long  93°49’10.89″W

The Parker Bottoms area is at a large bend in the White River below the Beaver Dam. The great part about the Ozarks is the wonderful bluff lines we get on every river that carves its ways through the land. The fog was rolling through that morning and it would go from this clear to not able to see the person downstream of you.  The white on the water is from a group of geese that had taken off up stream. Their sounding off added a great effect to the foggy morning.

9/12/2010

Lat  36°25’51.03″N

Long  93°49’10.89″W

The fog moved out and the sun came through. This got the fish ready to move. Kevin hooked into a nice rainbow when I snapped this picture. Nothing as enjoyable as a bent rod.

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