Showing posts with label MT MAGAZINE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MT MAGAZINE. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arkansas Birds


When we were on our trip in February to Arkansas, we stopped at the Visitor Center at Mt. Magazine. They have a birding area behind their facility ---and we stood inside looking out of the window and taking pictures. Here are some of them for you to enjoy today. The picture above is the very familiar female Cardinal. Below are more.





I love seeing the Juncos. We have so few of them in our area of Tennessee. (Or at least, there have never been many of them in my yard.)





See that bird above the Goldfinch????? That is a Purple Finch (the FIRST one I have ever seen and photographed)... I got so excited seeing this finch! We have House Finches (not too many) and lots of Goldfinches at home---but I've never seen a Purple Finch. They are gorgeous!





I love this photograph. Here's two Goldfinches and two Purple Finches. I love the Goldfinch in flight --since I seldom get a photo of them in flight. That is the female Purple Finch on the bottom right. It was fun watching the male above her, giving her some seed----flirting I'm sure!!!!!





The Purple Finches (like our Cardinals here) cannot hide in winter!!!!!




Here's a picture of two male Purple Finches and a male Goldfinch. Wouldn't it be neat to see this picture in spring --when the Goldfinch was a bright yellow???? Wow!





Here is another good picture of the Purple Finch and a White-breasted Nuthatch. There was a huge feeding station in the back of the visitor center--and inside, they had books of all kinds telling about all of the birds. There were lots of windows and even binoculars for people to use. This was a 'Bird Learning Center'!





I love this photo of the male Purple Finch. I can certainly see a huge difference in him from one of our male House Finches.


Hope you enjoyed my pictures of the Birds in Arkansas.

Hugs,

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Waterfalls at Mt. Magazine, AR


Be sure and check yesterday's post (click HERE) if you missed it. Today, I am showing some of the waterfalls we saw on the road up the mountain toward Mt. Magazine. Obviously, there was no hoarfrost here since we weren't high enough in elevation. But--we saw more water coming over the falls than we had seen on several previous trips. Above is Jestice Creek Cascades. George took this gorgeous picture --after he bushwhacked down toward the bottom. More pictures are below!






As you can tell, I stood at the top of the cascades --watching as George hiked down. He took this picture of me ---while I watched him from above!!!






OKAY---since George took my picture, I took his!! You can see where he bushwhacked down to get a great picture --like the one at the top!!!






This beautiful waterfall is named Hardy Falls. I love the way these waterfalls flow down the mountain through all of the rocks. And I enjoy seeing the green moss near the bottom. SO pretty!!!!






This waterfall is named High Falls ---and this time, George had to bushwhack UP the mountain to get a better picture. That is ICE at the bottom of the picture. This falls also 'cascaded' down the mountain. I love the rock formation.






I enjoyed getting up close and personal with Jestice Creek Falls (which was on the other side of the road and above Jestice Creek Cascades pictured at the top).






I took this picture of George standing near the bottom of Hardy Falls. You can tell that the sun was shining brightly here.





Finally, here is a picture of Jestice Creek Falls. As you know, we love all kinds of waterfalls --whether they are big or small. Some of these smaller ones are always favorites for sure, due to the mountain terrain and general area.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the Mt. Magazine area waterfalls. We drove to Hendersonville yesterday to check on George's parents... We found them in good spirits although both of them have had winter colds. Mom will be 90 in May and Dad will be 98.

Hope you have a great weekend.
Hugs,

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hoarfrost at Mt. Magazine, AR


On another day during our wonderful Arkansas trip, we drove west from Mt. Nebo to visit Mt. Magazine. Mt. Magazine is the highest mountain in Arkansas and is now a state park with gorgeous overlooks, hiking trails, great waterfalls, a lodge with restaurant, cabins, etc. Mt. Magazine towers over the Petit Jean River Valley to the south, and the Arkansas River Valley to the north. We have been there several times and enjoy its beauty each and every time.

Someone asked how Mt. Magazine got its name---so I did some research. French explorers in the 1600's thought that the mountain looked like a BARN (French word for barn is magasin) from a distance. (Personally, I never think of a mountain looking like a barn---but what do I know???? ha)

This year, we found a fabulous surprise when we got to the top of the mountain. There was hoarfrost all over the trees ---and it was a gorgeous sight to behold. I looked up some information about hoarfrost and here are some of the definitions and information I found:
-Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface; also called white frost;
-Ice Crystals forming a white deposit;
-The deposition of hoarfrost is similar to the process by which dew is formed, except that the temperature of the frosted object must be below freezing. It forms when air with a dew point below freezing is brought to saturation by cooling.

Today, I'll share some pictures of the hoarfrost that we took on that gorgeous day at Mt. Magazine. Above is a picture of the trees that we saw---as we got to the top of the mountain that day. Can you imagine how excited we were to see the hoarfrost!! Below are more.





It was interesting to see the hoarfrost clinging to some things --and not touching other things.





The rock shelves and bluffs on Mt. Magazine fascinate me. I read that over time sediment was formed. Then the sediment particles were compacted and glued together to form sandstones, siltstones and shale. Aren't the rocks interesting? I love the lichen which forms the colors also.






Instead of looking at the view of the valley below, I was more interested in taking pictures of the hoarfrost on the mountain!!! As you can tell, the frost was only above a certain elevation.





Here's a close-up picture of the hoarfrost ---which was clinging to only one side of each stem.






We walked down a long set of steps to the overlook ---to get more pictures. Ask George just how COLD it was at that overlook!!!! (Our coats were in the car!!! Duh!)






Here's another close-up picture of some of the bluffs on that mountain. You can also see some icicles toward the left side.





I like this picture showing the 'white-capped' trees ---against that beautiful blue sky.

Mt. Nebo, Mt. Magazine and Petit Jean are all terrific state parks---and we highly recommend them if you are ever in that area.

Hugs,

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Waterfalls at Mt. Magazine (Arkansas)


While we were on vacation in Arkansas, we saw a total of 10 waterfalls with 5 of them new. That makes our total now at 306 different waterfalls. It's hard to believe that we've seen that many different waterfalls (many of them several times) since 2001. One of our days in Arkansas was spent at Mt. Magazine State Park (west of Mt. Nebo). At Mt. Magazine, there are six wet-weather falls. We've seen all of them a few times---but this time, there was more water coming over the falls than we've ever seen (due to all of the recent rains). We were SO excited. Here are pictures of four of these falls. Above is Jestice Creek Falls. Below are more of them. Be sure and click on the pictures to see them larger.







This is a close-up shot of Jestice Creek Falls.







This is one of my favorite waterfalls, Hardy Falls. This waterfall cascades all the way down the mountain--and is just so pretty to see.







Can you see George? He loves to climb around to get all kinds of different pictures.







This is one of the close-up pictures that George took while climbing around Hardy Falls. I love this picture showing the rocks, moss, lichens, etc. Neat, huh?





A close-up view of the bottom of Hardy Falls





This is Jestice Creek Cascades. Both Hardy Falls and Jestice Creek Falls flow under the road and then connect and flow on down the mountain. Note where they connect at the top of the picture. This is a beautiful cascade but it was hard to get good pictures due to the trees/brush.





Another picture of Jestice Creek Falls --as it flows down the mountain







The fourth waterfall is named High Falls. This was a brand new waterfall for us!!!!







Here's one last picture of High Falls!!! Hope you enjoyed visiting our waterfalls with us!


By the way, yesterday George and I celebrated our 93rd MONTH-aversary. We celebrated (like we do every month) by going out to dinner. When you get married at our age, you have to celebrate the months as well as the years!!!!! ha


Hugs,