In early may I took a weekend trip down to the Ozarks in Arkansas. I stopped in Mountain Home and viisited a couple of very dear friends who, even though I arrived unannounced, put me up for an evening. It was great to see Ron and Carol.
The wildflowers were in full spring bloom.
I headed over to the Buffalo River. Water levels were very, very low., Even on the middle and lower river it was barely floatable. An outfitter told me that the river was at late August levels. What a difference a year makes. Last year the river was at very high levels due to record setting rains,
Next I made a stop at the former Mining town of Rush. There was a big copper boom here in the 1800,s. Only a few buildings remain.
The old general store is barely hanging on.
At rush I saw this stunning wildflower along a creek.
Next I headed to Kyles Landing on the Upper Buffalo River. There the gravel bar was alive with hundreds of butterflies.
Up at Loat Valley I braved a tick infested hay field to photograph this old homestead,
At Lost Valley I dorve up the hill to the old Beachwood Church and cemetery. The interior of the church looks like the people have just vanished.
The Cemetery has many old gravestones.
A drive up the Boxley Valley afforded this beautiful old oak barn, So few of them are left.
This fine oak barn was found on the road in Boxley Valley.
More butterflies were on the beachs all along the Buffalo River.
The upper Buffalo River was as low as I have ever seen it in May. The canoe outfitters on this stretch of river must be having a less than profitable season.
Down at the Ozark access this bluff was most beautiful. Some bluffs on the Buffalo tower 500 feet and more above the water surface.