Rhys!

The other day I had the honor of taking some pictures of sweet baby Rhys! One of the happiest babies I’ve ever seen, and I think it shows in this picture!

happy baby portrait
Happy baby is HAPPY!

Mount Magazine, Arkansas

Natalie and I spent a week at Mount Magazine, the highest point here in Arkansas. I had plenty of opportunities to take pictures, here they are! As always, click to view them larger.

Old Lodge Trail

scenic overlook of the arkansas river valley at mount magazine
One of many scenic overlooks at Mount Magazine
fallen tree beside a trail on mount magazine
Fallen tree beside the trail
plants in the sunlight beside the old lodge trail
Plants beside the trail
black and white picture of a cedar tree and scenic overlook at mount magazine
Cedar tree and scenic overlook
a gnarled cedar tree
Gnarled cedar tree
vibrant picture of a cedar tree and scenic overlook off the old lodge trail
Arkansas River Valley from the Old Lodge Trail
Cliffs of Mount Magazine
Cliffs visible from scenic overlook
tree on the edge of a cliff
Cedar on the edge of a cliff
the old lodge trail at mount magazine
Old Lodge Trail
the lodge at mount magazine
The lodge viewed from the trail
view of the valley through trees
Peeking through the trees at the river valley

 Wildlife on Mount Magazine

We frequently saw a variety of animals while driving, and on the trails. There was at least one rabbit that we saw daily beside our cabin. There was no shortage of butterflies either, they were everywhere we looked!

butterfly on a leaf
One of many, many on the mountain
rabbit in the grass
Our friendly neighbor rabbit
deer in the woods at mount magazine
Deer just beside our car

Mount Magazine’s Scenic Overlooks

Here are a few pictures taken from just a few of the many scenic overlooks on the mountain.

a scenic overlook
Roadside scenic overlook spot
path to a scenic overlook on mount magazine
Path on a scenic overlook
scenic overlook
Natalie on a cliff at a scenic overlook
hanging legs off a cliff
Natalie was brave enough to sit on a cliff!
standing on a cliff
Here she is standing on the cliff
overlook of trees for miles
The trees just go on and on here
bear hollow trail overlook spot called sunrise rock
"Sunrise Rock" overlook from the Bear Hollow Trail
a cliff
Beautiful cliff, great spot for panoramic view
picture of cliffs of mount magazine
These cliffs are visible from the above spot
dead tree on a scenic overlook
A dead tree on an outcropping
panorama of the arkansas river valley from mount magazine
Panorama of the Arkansas River Valley from a Mount Magazine hang gliding spot

Plants on the Mountain

There is no shortage of plant life, with many beautiful flowers along the roadsides and trails.

looking into deep forest
Deep woods on the Signal Hill trail
flower
Flowers beside the road
a plant growing on the edge of the cliff
This plant was growing on the edge of a cliff
oak leaves
Oak leaves in the sun and shade
flowers with scenic view of Arkansas River Valley in the background
Flowers in front of the Mount Magazine Lodge
cedar branch
Very green cedar branch

 

plant with very pretty green leaves
Loved the color of the leaves on this plant! Leave a comment if you know what it is!

Hope you enjoyed, I know I did!

 

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is a state-of-the-art facility at UAMS in Little Rock. It features beautiful architecture, peaceful areas for meditation, and of course lots of doctors. Here are a few pictures of some special places and things at the cancer institute. You can click the picture to view it larger.

looking at the seed of hope garden from above
Seed of Hope from Above

Per the Cancer Institute, the Seed of Hope “is a symbol of hope and healing for patients at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

On each patient’s final day of active treatment, we present him or her with two seed-shaped tokens. One token is placed in the sculpture as a celebration of survivorship. The second token is taken with them to keep or to pass along as a symbol of hope to someone else facing a challenge.

It is our hope that one day, through the power of research-driven treatment, the Seed of Hope will overflow with tokens symbolizing countless survivors who have won the battle against cancer.”

The seed of hope at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Seed of Hope
chadley uekman plays the piano at the cancer institute
Chadley
a quiet room in the uams winthrop p rockefeller cancer institute
A quiet room
sign at the winthrop p rockefeller cancer institute that says while there's life, there's hope
While there's life, there's hope
The Gathering Place at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
The Gathering Place
chandelier at the uams winthrop p rockefeller cancer institute
Chandelier

You can learn more about the fight against cancer here in Arkansas by visiting the Cancer Institute website.

The Apartment at Night

star trails from my apartment in arkansas
Apartment Star Trails

The other night I the stars were exceptionally bright, so I decided to see if I could pull of a decent time-lapse picture of them from my balcony. I started at 9:18 pm and took 30 second exposures for an hour. Unfortunately I have misplaced my remote shutter release, so I had to manually set it off. This was cause for a little more pause than I would have liked between exposures, and is noticeable when you view the picture up close. But, for my first star trail picture, I count it as a success!

Here’s how I did it (specifically):

Set up my tripod on the balcony, put the camera on it and aimed it where I wanted. Then I did a couple of test shots to make sure everything would look ok. After that, I put a camping chair outside with me (later Natalie joined me to keep me awake). I set the shutter speed to 30 seconds, and the ISO was as low as possible. The aperture was around 5 maybe, if I remember right. Might have been 8 or 10…

So I took a picture every 30 seconds for an hour, and then used photoshop to combine them all into one picture. When combined, you can see how much the stars moved in one hour (really how much the earth spun).

P.S. You can kinda see where an airplane flew by a couple of times, which annoyed  me greatly at the time, but I think it adds character now.

P.P.S. I could not have sat outside for an hour without the company and help of my lovely wife!!

Arkansas Clouds

strange wavy clouds near bryant, arkansas
Wavy Clouds near Bryant, Arkansas
very wavy strange clouds in arkansas
Strange Wavy Clouds
Awesome Wavy Clouds Near Bryant, Arkansas
Different Angle on the Wavy Clouds

This morning on my way in to Little Rock, I saw some strange but beautiful wavy cloud formations. The pictures don’t really do them justice, but I thought they looked neat anyway. I’ve always wanted an excuse to take pictures of that particular field, so I’m glad I finally got the chance!