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Gaston's amd Nature ... One in the same

By Gastons White River Resort
Gaston's home of trophy trout for over 50 years !!! Become a Fan of Gaston's FaceBook Site http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gastons-White-River-Resort/78448706077 Gaston's White River Resort, Lakeview, AR It cost no more to go FIRST CLASS !!! http://www.gastons.com

Gaston's White River Resort Nature Trail Photos #2

By Gastons White River Resort
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akEX43dRxHQ&feature=channel_page Gaston's home of trophy trout for over 50 years !!! Become a Fan of Gaston's FaceBook Site http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gastons-White-River-Resort/78448706077 Gaston's White River Resort, Lakeview, AR It cost no more to go FIRST CLASS !!! http://www.gastons.com

Gorgeous Glow

By rita
  Spring blooms adorn our woods right now. Redbuds revel. Wild plums preen and dogwoods dazzle. Trees glow as sunlight filters through their budding branches. Watch the changing array of colors across the river from the covered front porch of our guesthouse. Practice the “Ozark Stare” guaranteed to leave you stress free. Blessings. Writer Gal Visit my blog www.flyfishing4faith.com  

Hemmed In Hollow - trail is about 30 minutes from Mystic Caverns

By mysticcaverns
I hiked to Hemmed In Hollow yesterday. The five mile hike round trip takes you down about eleven hundred feet in elevation and then you climb back to the top. It's a pretty difficult climb if you aren't in very good physical condition, but it is worth it. At Mystic Caverns, we are blessed to be so close to all of the awesome beauty found in the Buffalo National River park. Trails to some of the most scenic beauty in Arkansas are within a few miles of our caves.

Indian Paintbrush at Baker Prairie ten miles North of Mystic Caverns

By mysticcaverns
Just ten miles North of Mystic Caverns, Baker Prairie is a 71 acre piece of land preserved as a natural prairie. It is located on Goblin Drive across the street from the Harrison Middle School. My favorite flower found there is Indian Paintbrush. This flower varies from vivid bright red to a soft salmon color (see pictures below).               There are many other beautiful wildflowers at Baker Prairie, but that will have to wait until my next blog. If you visit our area during Spring, check out Baker Prairie. It is easy to find and well worth a visit. I do recommend anytime that you are hiking or walking in the woods or fields of our area that you use an insect repellent to help keep tics off of your body! As always, please visit us at Mystic Caverns; we have some of the most beautiful caverns anywhere!

King's Bluff & Pedestal Rocks - trailhead is about an hour south of Mystic Caverns

By mysticcaverns
  Yesterday I hiked to King's Bluff and Pedestal Rocks. Both start from the same location on Highway 16 a few miles east of Highway 7, and about an hour south of Mystic Caverns. I will let the pictures speak for themselves! Now is a great time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Arkansas Ozarks with the leaves reaching full color!        

Wally Woodchuck

By rita
Since we changed the type of bird seed we normally purchase, we've seen more unusual critters at our feeders. The reason is probably that the less expensive mix has more corn. One of the feeders is an old bird-bath with only the bowl left propped on cement blocks. We hadn't seen Wally Woodchuck since last fall. Yesterday, I was alerted to his presence when I glanced up from the breakfast table to see a squirrel clinging to the edge of the big tree and focused on the feeder. The reason became apparent when I spotted Wally all sprawled out munching away. The squirrel wasn't about to interrupt Wally's snack. No longer a candidate for a diet program, Wally is sleeker. But he wasted no time chowing down on the corn portion of the food. Our feeders are a daily fascination and we're likely to see a large variety of birds including a visit from a pileated woodpecker. If you delight in bird-watching as we do, plan to come down and spend time in our guesthouse. We'll introduce you to Wally and a few of our other friends. And just maybe, in the interim, we'll enroll Wally in Weight Watchers. Blessings, Writer ...

Why There is a Fall Leaf Color Change in Autumn

By Gastons White River Resort
  Gaston's home of trophy trout for over 50 years !!! Become a Fan of Gaston's FaceBook Site http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gastons-White-River-Resort/78448706077 Gaston's White River Resort, Lakeview, AR It cost no more to go FIRST CLASS !!! http://www.gastons.com Why There is a Fall Leaf Color Change in Autumn The Autumn leaf color change starts very subtly late in September and early October in temperate North America. Trees respond to such factors as late summer drying conditions, temperature change, altered sun position, and light. It takes approximately two weeks to begin and complete the brilliant fiery eruption and fall color change. This fall color change and resulting movement to lower latitudes (and lower elevations) takes place as three primary waves in mixed hardwood forests. A simple flow and wave model was designed at the University of Georgia to illustrate what leaf experts call the fall color wave. This Leaf Wave Model is used to explain the movement of autumn leaf color change.  The major factor influencing autumn leaf color change is lack of water and nutrients which effect formation of chlorophyll. Not a lack of water and nutrients to the entire tree, but a purposeful weaning of water from each leaf. Every leaf is ...

Wildflower Wonder Part 2

By rita
The False Rue Anemone, found and photographed by my walking buddy Diane is only one of many wildflowers in brilliant bloom right now in the Twin Lakes area. When you visit our guesthouse, be sure to bring your camera and your hiking boots. As we say in the Ozarks, "no tellin' what will delight your eyes when you arrive." Blessings,Writer Gal  

Wildflower Wonders Part 1

By rita
Not only does Spring in the Ozarks signal an abundance of wildflowers but critters as well. My walking buddy Diane snapped this little fella snuggled up to some Johnny Jump-ups. Take a nature walk along our campground below the guesthouse and bring a camera! Blessings, Writer Gal .