Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking Up

Looking Up by hattonweeks
Looking Up, a photo by hattonweeks on Flickr.

A cedar tree stands tall in the sky. Note the mistletoe in the tree. Picture taken just outside Harrisburg, Arkansas.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Vortex

From my mom's haunted barn. My brother did most of the work on this twenty foot long vortex tunnel.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ducks in Foggy Lake

Ducks in Foggy Lake by hattonweeks
Ducks in Foggy Lake, a photo by hattonweeks on Flickr.

This photo was taken at the water level looking through a slight fog on Craighead Forest Lake in Jonesboro, AR.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Double lightning Thunderstorm

So I thought I'd watch the video of a storm rolling through that gave me a great still image of lightning before deleting it. Something caught my eye. After going back through frame by frame I discovered there were two brief cloud-to-ground strikes! Wow. A great recording just got better. What an amazing planet we live on.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and Lightning by hattonweeks
Thunder and Lightning, a photo by hattonweeks on Flickr.

A storm rolls just south of Jonesboro on a summer evening. I was recording some video when this lightning struck a few miles south. I decided it was time to leave.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Storms Building

Storms Building by hattonweeks
Storms Building, a photo by hattonweeks on Flickr.

Here are some storms building over Randolph County. I took the picture from Jackson County, Arkansas.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Powhatan Courthouse State Park

POWHATAN, AR - While it's one of the most picturesque buildings in Arkansas, anyone who is from this part of the state should at least have some interest in this building.

At one time Lawrence County was considered the "mother of all counties", because it one of 16 counties in Arkansas. Today there are 75 counties. From Oklahoma to the west to the St. Francis River on the east, the county took in thousands of square miles. Land deeds, tax payments, and other documents all made their way through the Powhatan Courthouse. Over the years, the state split itself into smaller, more manageable, chunks.

The location itself is a great spot. It's the southernmost point the Black River touches the Ozarks. Remember, until railroads and cars the river was the only decent means of getting around. All goods made their way by water. Water is good except in a flood which is why they wanted to be on a hill. Steamboats along the Black River were a constant sight during the 1800's.

The courtroom takes up nearly all of the second floor. It was renovated in 2007 and looks fantastic.

The jail sits just behind the courthouse.

This is the oldest remaining business building in Powhatan. It sits at the bottom of the hill near the river. I imagine it's been flooded a number of times.

For more information about Powhatan State Park and Lawrence County:

Powhatan State Park (Arkansas State Parks)

Powhatan Historic State Park (Encyclopedia of Arkansas)

Lawrence County Genealogy (Arkansas Genealogy Web Project)

Northeast Arkansas Archives (Arkansas History Commission)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Old Ferry on The White River

Independence Co - I found an old car ferry on the White River west of Bethesda, Arkansas where the river straddles the Independence, Stone County lines.

Growing up in Arkansas, I could spot the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's shade of orange anywhere. By the look of it, the vessel has been there for a while. Looking at the Google Maps image below it was on the west bank of the river until the past year. I discovered it in May 2013 on the east bank.

It's located across from the Martin Access on the White River. (The picture opens a Google Maps link)

Here are a few more pictures of the ferry.

If you know where this ferry came from or who owns it, I'm curious! Please leave a comment below.