Spring Snapshots
May 29, 2006
The first waterfall chase of the season was a run up to Artist Point with Joey after work on Thursday, April 6. The only protection I found in the truck against the persistent light rain was a youth rain slicker. Good thing nobody was around to see me!
The recent rains weren’t enough to get the falls going, and I learned that I’d not outgrown trying to eke out a falling water picture from a deficient stream.
One week later we headed south toward Mount Magazine to catch the full moon rise. We weren’t really sure where we would find a good location to perhaps take some pictures, but settled on Cove Lake after driving to the top of the mountain.
Sunday evening, April 30 the boys went with me to Lee Creek Park. Grant found a piece of rebar at the river’s edge and picked it up and started playing with it. As long as they didn’t fall in I didn’t pay too much attention to what the boys were doing. When it was time to leave I turned around to holler at the boys and started laughing uncontrollably at Grant. His face was covered with black mud... somehow he had repeatedly rubbed his face with black muddy hands.
A thunderstorm rolled through Tuesday night, May 9, and I captured my first decent lightning picture from the safety of our garage. I took off work the next day to hunt waterfalls. After dropping Grant off at school I headed down the interstate. Somewhere past Alma I notice I’d left my tripod at home, and had to turn back. When I got home I felt a strong need to take a nap, so I didn’t get back out of town until almost noon.
 I chose as my destination Tea Kettle Falls in the Madison County Wildlife Management Area. I hiked the route that follows Warm Fork Creek. I saw some great scenery - a bit different than what I’m used to in the Boston Mountains - but I was groggy all day from that nap earlier and I didn’t take any pictures except inside Kettle Hollow. I couldn’t have been more wrong about how much rainfall the area got. Tea Kettle Falls was a mere trickle. I look forward to returning, though crossing the creek might be impossible if there’s been enough rain to make the falls run.
A couple of the other many sundown trips to Lee Creek park were well worth the effort. Saturday evening, May 20 saw an orange sun setting behind the mountains northwest of the Arkansas River. And Memorial Day ended with some very blue clouds suspended over Fort Smith to the southwest.