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Lin­ger­ing fall color photo walk slated

Hobbs State Park en­joys a work­ing part­ner­ship with the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of North­west Arkansas. Com­ing soon will be a Fall Pho­tog­ra­phy “Photo Walk” led by Cleeo Wright, na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher and other mem­bers of PSNWA at 7 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 3.

The theme of this event is “Lin­ger­ing Fall Col­ors,” fo­cus­ing on the fi­nal chang­ing col­ors of the fo­liage at Hobbs State Park. Bring what­ever cam­era gear you are com­fort­able with, be it a full-frame DSLR or a smart­phone. If you are fa­mil­iar with the man­ual set­tings of your cam­era, and like fall color/na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy — this photo walk is for you.

All par­tic­i­pants will meet at the park­ing lot of the his­toric Van Win­kle and Sink­ing Stream Trail­heads, to be­gin the photo walk promptly at 7 a.m. con­clud­ing as the morn­ing light be­gins to shift.

The photo walk will take place rain or shine. Over­cast and wet morn­ings cre­ate some of the best pho­to­graphic fall color op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The trails are de­scribed as “easy” in dif­fi­culty, yet it is sug­gested to bring sturdy shoes suit­able for hik­ing. Sink­ing Stream Trail has one small el­e­va­tion. The His­toric Van Win­kle Trail is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. Each trail is 0.5 miles in length.

Trav­el­ing east out of Rogers on Arkansas High­way 12, about 10 miles from down­town, is a paved park­ing lot on your right with re­strooms. This is the site of both the His­toric Van Win­kle and Sink­ing Stream trail­heads.

For sea­soned pho­tog­ra­phers, as well as be­gin­ners, this will be a lovely photo walk of lin­ger­ing fall color pho­tog­ra­phy.

Where: Park­ing lot on Ark. Hwy. 12 at the be­gin­ning of the His­toric Van Win­kle and Sink­ing Stream Trail­heads.

GPS: N36 17.810’ - W093 57.494’ (1 ½ miles west of the Hobbs State Park vis­i­tor cen­ter)

When: 7 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 3

Cost: Free, All lev­els of abil­ity wel­comed.

To learn more about the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of NW Arkansas, go to the web­site: psnwa.org

“I See Dead Peo­ple” at Hobbs State Park

Do dead peo­ple just pop up here and there? Abby Bur­nett said she sees them often.

Abby Bur­nett is an in­de­pen­dent re­searcher who stud­ies all as­pects of burial in the Arkansas Ozarks. Her book, “Gone to the Grave; Burial Cus­toms of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850 - 1950,” was fea­tured on AETN’s ceme­tery doc­u­men­tary, “Silent Sto­ry­tellers.” She lives in a log cabin in the Bos­ton Moun­tains, when she’s not out pho­tograph­ing tomb­stones in ru­ral ceme­ter­ies.

Tomb­stone por­traits, pop­u­lar in this coun­try since the 1700s, de­pict how the de­ceased looked in life, or oc­ca­sion­ally, af­ter death. Abby tells us, “Though some­what scarce in Arkansas, it is pos­si­ble to find pho­tos, cameos and stat­ues adorn­ing tomb­stones, and to learn about the lives these im­ages rep­re­sent. What­ever form they take, these por­traits have sto­ries to tell – some of them quite Gothic.”

Bur­nett’s up­com­ing pro­gram at Hobbs State Park, “I See Dead Peo­ple”, will give the sto­ries be­hind a few of the most un­usual por­traits found in Arkansas, Illi­nois, Kansas and Ken­tucky. Come live a day in the life of Abby Bur­nett, but don’t be scared.

Where: Hobbs State Park vis­i­tor cen­ter on Ark. Hwy. 12 just east of the State Hwy. 12/War Ea­gle Road in­ter­sec­tion

When: 2 p.m. Oct.14 Cost: Free – The pub­lic is in­vited

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