North-Central Arkansas is rich with subjects for photography. I can drive in any direction and find many interesting things to fill my lens.
I went for such a drive on Sunday, September 20th, and shot about 270 photos. Many were duplicates – trying to get the right shot of a harried Heron who didn't seem to like me too much, or trying different angles to get the light juuuuuust right.
My drive went from Fairfield Bay, down to the old Swinging Bridge park near Heber Springs – this is where I got the shot of the Friendly Kayakers. Then it was on to the Greer's Ferry Dam site, then up around Cow Shoals where I got some nice shots of a gentleman fly fishing and his amazing casting. I stopped by the Cherokee Recreation Area on Greer's Ferry lake, and pulled off the road on Highway 16, between Greer's Ferry and Fairfield Bay.
When I left, the sky was cloudy, but there were some blue patches showing through, and I was confident the sun would win out. I was wrong. However, the diffused light seems to be just what I needed for these photographs.
My first stop at the Greer's Ferry Dam site. There's a great observation point. I saw photos from someone else from down under the dam, right along the river, but didn't see how to get down there. That's a great excuse to go back. Soon.
Collins Creek Falls at the Greer's Ferry Dam site. This was shot hand-held, and I really couldn't get the shutter speed much slower. Notice the water jetting out in the upper left, then see the next photo.
This was my first visit to Collins Creek. There's a very nice trail that runs along the creek, with many easy-access points along the way. I never knew the creek was man made!
I drove into the Cherokee Recreation Area and took a quick look around. It's small, quiet campground and boat launch, and would be a perfect place for a picnic on a beautiful fall day. I uploaded my DashCam video of the drive through the park to YouTube.
These last five photographs were captured in the same spot on Highway 16, between Greer's Ferry and Fairfield Bay. I only walked about 100 feet from where I parked to get all of these images. It's an amazing place along the highway.