Rainy Day Road Trip

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

Just because it’s cold, cloudy, windy, rainy and what not, doesn’t mean you can’t take a road trip. Last weekend I made a loop through the Grand Prairie down some back roads and through some small towns. There’s always something to see, a bit of history, a charming old building or an interesting little store.

 

 

 

Don’t Just See the Square

There is so much more to Hot Springs National Park than Bathhouse Row. I was reminded of this when I spent a few minutes behind the counter at the park’s visitor center with the Park Ranger who also serves as the Artist in Residence Coordinator. Visitors would ask what all there was to do in the park. He’d point to Bathhouse row, draw a square around it and then point out the boundaries of the park that went far beyond the square and advise,
“Don’t just see the square.”There are trails and vistas and so much beauty outside the square. (But, I confess, I do love to photograph those old buildings.)

Here are some photos I took yesterday from a portion of the Sunset Trail that takes you to Stonebridge Road and part of what to be the Fordyce Estate.

From Goat Rock to Bathhouse Row

Had computer trouble yesterday and couldn’t upload these last night. But here’s what I did yesterday. Didn’t quite make it up to Goat Rock before sunrise, but the view was still amazing. Later I toured Fordyce Bathhouse and then had lunch at the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery. The cabin I’m staying in has a screened in front porch, and in the evening I sat on the porch and processed photos from the day, while enjoying the smell of campfires and the cool air in the valley.

Maurice Bathhouse

HARD HATS AND HAMMERS FUNDRAISER

Friends of Hot Springs National Park held a fundraiser this evening in an effort to raise money for the preservation of the Maurice Bathhouses. The Park Service hopes to attract  a tenant to occupy the building as others have occupied some of the other buildings on Bathhouse Row, including a spa and brewery.

Road Trip

On the second day of the new year, I traveled through Pine Bluff to the Arkansas Post, both the State and National Parks. The State Park had some very nice exhibits. I especially liked the log cabin. Unfortunately, part of the National Park was closed due to flooding, but I was able to take some nice scenic photos and visit the site where the very first Arkansas Gazette building was located. I took a different route home through DeWitt, Stuttgart, England and Keo. These are some of my favorite photos from the day.