Lynn Hollow
April 25, 2004

Sunday morning Charles and I headed out towards the Mulberry River east of Highway 23 with no particular agenda, except of course to see waterfalls after the monster rains we had Wednesday through Saturday. The Mulberry crested at 18 feet Friday afternoon, and they had to shut down part of the highway because the water flooded the road North of the Turner Bend bridge. To put things in perspective, normally when the water is up to 3 feet, solid intermediate canoeing skills are needed to float the Mulberry.
There's a nice little waterfall on the hill beside the Turner Bend Store on the Mulberry that I've been waiting six months to photograph, so that's the first stop we made.
Next we took off down Highway 215 so Charles could check out the High Bank Twins. Somewhere past Redding campground we passed a tall waterfall right beside the highway. Once at the Twins, Charles hiked all the way up to the base of the falls, while I with a stupid "been there, done that" attitude stayed back and snapped photos downstream. Besides, I assumed the trees would block the falls in any pictures this time of year (as it turned out, Charles got some nice shots of the entire height of the falls).
I continue to be impressed by the little stream that tumbles down the mountainside and joins the main stream below the big twin falls. I posted pictures of this stream on January 25th and again on March 14. Charles followed it uphill while I concentrated on taking the horizontal photo shown below of the water going over several small rocks. Once I caught up with him I suggested we go a couple more hundred yards uphill to a pretty 9-foot tall waterfall I remembered from back in March. At first I didn't think we were at the correct falls, because I remembered a big 12-foot-long log near the base of the falls. I convinced myself this had to be the right place, then was amazed to look downstream to see the log a good 50 feet downhill! It's hard to imagine the volume of water it took going over the falls to move that log so far. I've posted a picture from back in March with the log in the foreground.
March 14 - log in foreground
April 25 - no more log!
We made the short walk back to the truck and headed for a new place we've been trying to get the opportunity to visit - Lichen Falls and Lynn Hollow. We'd read about them in Tim Ernst's Arkansas Waterfalls guidebook. Even after all the rain we've had, the double-decker falls were just right, instead of gushing. These falls were on my list of "easy waterfalls to get to" and yes it was a short walk down the Ozarks Highland Trails to the top of the falls, but it was a real booger to get down into the canyon to an adequate shooting position. Further down the trail, a spur path took off to the right to a fantastic area called Lynn Hollow. The picture at the top of this page was taken there.  Water from a side stream came in from the left and made a couple of nice falls as it spilled down the side of the canyon and in to the main stream. Thanks to all the recent rains a temporary waterfall was also pouring down the right side of the canyon at this spot. We had to wade in the ankle-deep water to take pictures, but it was worth it.
After I climbed up out of the canyon and took my boots off to pour the water out of them, I spotted a bunch of wild Crested Iris nearby. While I was trying to get a close-up shot of them, a butterfly showed up and got in the picture.
On the way home we pulled off the road when I spotted a cluster of Ox-Eye Daisies rising up from a field of Crimson Clover that I thought might make an interesting picture. There were a couple of butterflies dancing around outside the truck so I took their picture too.