A crop of a much large picture near the old crossing at Kelly Ford on 11/6/08. Click to enlarge.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
These maps are 30-35 years later than the previous posted maps. I helped chart the rivers in the mid-1960's with Oz Hawksley. They are still 45 years old, however. The roads and in some cases the roads numbering are still much different from 2008. Click to enlarge also. I rotated these maps for a north-south orientation which rotate the text out of normal position.
Click to enlarge to 20" x 20". Notice Hammond Mill, upstream from ROLF, is located and not yet razed. This was my grandfathers map and was probably used to navigate to Rainbow Springs in the early 1930's - 1940. This map was printed by the state of Missouri my guess is during the proposal phase of the North Fork of the White River dam to create Norfork Lake. once again, click to make readable.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
When I made my last trip to ROLF, I arrived after the peak of fall had past. But the morning view from the cabin was extraordinary in the morning sun. Notice the remnants of the early morning fog in the river valley.
This old schoolhouse is till standing on Highway "N" about 18 miles from River of Life Farm. Otherwise known as Lower Brixey School. It was still used in the late 1950's to early 1960's. It is typical of country schoolhouses in Missouri and Arkansas. Directions from ROLF are easy.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This guy (could be a young female too) was incredible. Females also has a red tuft on their heads in this species of woodpecker. Born summer 2008, he is already an excellent grub hunter. He worked a sycamore tree for about 20 minutes, peering in every hole, digging out the bark and leaves and finding many nice sized grubs. He (she) sometimes sent down a shower of sycamore dust and bark; then I saw dried leaves coming down too and realized he was just cleaning out all the holes in the tree. The call was adult and he called out about every 5 minutes. As you can see, he is not fully mature yet; smaller in size, less white feathering, and a not so cool "tuft". Taken with a Canon 5D and Canon 400mm f5.6 lens hand held. Click to enlarge.