Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bridges of Pulaski County

The other day, I headed out to a small wooden bridge that is actually just a few miles outside of Little Rock. I like it, since it's a neat old bridge and it's only a short drive from work. It had poured down rain that day, but the sun was just starting to break through the clouds.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lazy Sunday

We went to the Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock last weekend, and while enjoying the novelty of drinking a beer in the middle of Main Street I spotted a few things that might make good photos. I headed out the next afternoon with the real camera to take a few pictures. This was along an alley way, by the future location of the Little Rock Technology Park.

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This is below a small parking deck owned by a former employer, KATV Channel 7.

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And a nearby brick wall, where the old Center Theatre used to sit. Like so many other buildings downtown, it was torn down a few years ago and replaced with a parking lot. But this will be part of the upcoming Technology Park someday too.

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I headed across the river to the Riverfront Park in North Little Rock to get a few shots of the skyline and the Junction Bridge. The bridge had pink lights because the Race For the Cure had been held the day before.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

One really good thing about my job is that the office sits just a few short miles from Pinnacle Mountain State Park. I can quickly get to the park after work or on my lunch break (if I'm not trying to nap in the car). So last week, I headed to the park on a rainy day after work.

The top of Pinnacle Mountain was shrouded by low clouds, with the rain cooling the temperature down enough for it to feel like Autumn.

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The road here leads to the old bridge over the Little Maumelle River, which was built in the 1920s. The bridge was replaced with a newer span in the 1980s, but the old bridge was preserved as part of the state park. The 235-mile Quachita Trail crosses the river using the bridge.

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I drove over to the base of Pinnacle Mountain, and went to hike the Kingfisher Trail. The trail is a short one, and runs along the Maumelle River. It also passes by several towering and ancient cypress trees.

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And one last shot from the park, taken while getting my work clothes all muddy along the trails.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Clinton Library

Headed back to downtown Little Rock last week, and ended up at the Clinton Presidential Library. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the library's opening. I've only been inside the library once, which I guess makes me a bad local tourist in Little Rock. The library is currently hosting an exhibition of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures, and a series of glass tubes are set up in the fountains in front of the building.

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And the fountain with the Clinton Park Bridge in the background...

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It was pleasantly nice outside that night, and even with the wetlands nearby that were very few mosquitoes swarming around.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gentry

While visiting family in Northwest Arkansas on Labor Day Weekend, we headed over to see the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry. There are all sorts of animals roaming the hills there, like emus, ostriches, zebras, lions and bears. It wasn't the easiest to take pictures, since you weren't supposed to roll down the car windows. But the camels seemed to be the ones happiest to be in pictures....

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