In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”
This little heart-shaped frost flower was next to the Ozark Highlands Trail on a winter’s hike. It would be gone within a few minutes as sunshine peeked over the sharp edge of a nearby mountain to the east.
Though these small ephemeral gifts do not last, I have the privilege of carrying them in my memory and sharing them through my camera.
Mary Oliver’s words come to mind often on the trail.
I’m thankful for the “task” of carrying these small gifts with me as I continue down the trail. Thank you for allowing me to share.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”
Yesterday at dusk, I photographed these new daffodils against the old backdrop of this historic structure in Rush, Arkansas. Many of the structures in Rush were built in the 1920s.
Early mining efforts began in the 1880s as miners prospected for silver. No silver was found, but zinc made the little town thrive as World War I increased the demand beginning in 1914. Rush is now within the boundaries of the Buffalo National River in Marion County.
The contrasts continued. Fresh water flowed from the ancient limestone hillsides next to abandoned mines. I filtered tasty water right off of the surface of the ground next to the trail.
An artesian stream bubbled up out of the base of a small creek flowing through the town of Rush. The water was clear and cold. I wanted to jump in and let the water chill my toasty feet but decided to settle for a picture and a quick splash on my face and arms.
The next morning, some of that sweet water from Rush provided me with a tasty cup of coffee! Mmmm good! The freshness continues.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Wall.”
These winter pictures were taken within the last two weeks in the Ozarks. As I load these images, it is a rainy 60-degrees outside. These icy walls are gone but their stone foundations remain.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”
After hiking in the snow today, I was reminded of what a “reward” a warm campfire is at the end of a cold winter’s day.
A hot dinner cooked over the fire is one of life’s simple pleasures and a just “reward” for miles traveled.
Time with friends around the campfire is a great way to end the day on the Ozark Highlands Trail.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”
On a recent hike to Hawksbill Crag in the Buffalo River region I was fascinated by a smaller bluff close by. The young lady peeking around into the valley added a sense of scale to the stacked rocks on the bluff.
This photo was from a backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon. I couldn’t resist sharing this older photo because it is another example of imposing human scale into the natural landscape.
I photoshopped my hiking buddy out from under the rock in the first version just for fun. Did the addition of human scale influence your perception of the size of the rock from the first photo to the second?
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”
I looked at photos from a hike into Lynn Hollow last Saturday for evidence of the “Rule of Thirds” and found it in use for the following photos among others.
Placing the active movement of water using the rule of thirds is a useful tool.
Hiker-dog heard something in this dead tree that she wanted desperately. The last photo shows the use of “Rule of Thirds” to place Hiker-dog’s rear for a balanced, and humorous depiction of typical K-9 behavior.
Faith in things you cannot see
Hope in things that may yet be
Mountains and lives intertwined, but free.
Stopped to photograph this church last week while hiking several trails in the Buffalo River region.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”
Serenity – The state of being calm, at peace, and untroubled. This morning I paused at this pool below the Natural Bridge and Cascade on the Lost Valley Trail. This water flows to the Buffalo National River a short distance away. Serenity best describes what I felt while taking in this scene.
A few minutes later I sat in the darkness of a cave above Eden Falls and light-painted this scene with my flashlight during a 15-second exposure. The water at my feet flowed down Eden Falls, eventually blending with water flowing from under the Natural Bridge, where I sat earlier. Inside this cave, I felt like a small piece of the world, observing in peace and serenity.to crawl more often.
The next morning I realized it took a difference set of muscles to crawl into position for this photo. Just a little sore, but well worth it.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.”
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”
I was surprised by the winter yellow/gold of cottonwood trees in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. In this desert environment, the cottonwood grows close to creeks and streams, especially along Bright Angel Creek as shown here. Snow covered Indian Gardens Campground the next night, just a few thousand feet higher in elevation.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Gone, But Not Forgotten.”
This cold morning discovery while thru-hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail was a special little gift. My wife enjoys looking for heart shapes in nature, and now I’ve picked up the habit. This frost flower would disappear shortly after being touched by sunlight, but it would never be forgotten.