View of Pinnacle Mountain from the top of the ridge.

Rattlesnake Ridge: Pinnacle Mountain’s Quiet Neighbor

View of Pinnacle Mountain from Rattlesnake Ridge Whew, September was a busy month! My boyfriend Tyler and I went to Colorado for a few days for my good friend Amy's wedding, and of course we also squeezed in a hike at RMNP! You can check out some of those photos here. We also adopted a … Continue reading Rattlesnake Ridge: Pinnacle Mountain’s Quiet Neighbor

Milky Way stretching over the Tall Peak lookout tower in the Ouachita Mountains

Tall Peak Fire Tower in the Arkansas Ouachitas

Tall Peak Fire Tower in the Arkansas Ouachitas -- an amazing, tucked away place to stargaze, camp or enjoy a sunrise since 1938!

Beth Buckley in the cypress swamp Arkansas

Louisiana Purchase State Park: Tiny Park, Tons of History

#2 on my quest to visit all Arkansas state parks is the Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park! (Check out my other blogs in this series here!) At only 37.5 acres, I thought for sure this tiny state park was Arkansas' smallest. It's actually the eleventh smallest, which means there are ten even tinier parks out … Continue reading Louisiana Purchase State Park: Tiny Park, Tons of History

water lily in a lens ball Cane Creek State Park

Cane Creek State Park: Even Better than Expected

Welcome to the very first post in my Arkansas State Parks Project series, Cane Creek State Park! I really felt called to start this project when I realized that, after looking at the long list of 52 state parks in the Natural State, I had only visited about 25%. And I hike a lot! If … Continue reading Cane Creek State Park: Even Better than Expected

Girls at an Arkansas swimming hole

Hiking to Richland Creek Falls in Arkansas

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! I was lucky enough to get out to one of my favorite places in Arkansas this past weekend-- the Richland Creek Wilderness. If you're okay with a little bushwhacking and … Continue reading Hiking to Richland Creek Falls in Arkansas

Nature photographer Beth Buckley Arkansas

Blanchard Springs, AR: The Perfect Summer Getaway

I live in central Arkansas, so I know how firsthand how brutal summer can be. This past week we had temperatures in the high 90's with near-100% humidity. In that kind of weather, there's not a lot you can do outdoors. Luckily, I have a remedy-- Blanchard Springs. I can't think of any other nearby destination that has so much to offer in the hottest months.

My First Time at the Atkins Bottom Tree

For so long I had seen photos of this very distinctive tree here in central Arkansas called the "Atkins Bottom tree"... I figured this was as good a time as any to go check it out! Using SunsetWX.com (a pretty cool sunrise/sunset "predictor") I saw that Friday night had a good chance of yielding a … Continue reading My First Time at the Atkins Bottom Tree

Finding Dark Skies Close to Home

If you're like me and have an interest in astrophotography, you know that one of the biggest obstacles to stargazing is finding a dark sky. You need a really dark sky. I've mentioned some resources I use in my previous Milky Way post -- DarkSiteFinder and LightPollutionMap.info -- but it can be pretty discouraging to … Continue reading Finding Dark Skies Close to Home

Emerald Park

As someone who is native to the Ozarks in northwest Arkansas but now living in mostly-flat central Arkansas, I often miss the expansive overlooks atop towering bluffs of the Buffalo River. Luckily there is another place to enjoy some clifftop views that's a lot closer to where I live now-- Emerald Park in North Little … Continue reading Emerald Park

Trying (& Failing) To Shoot the Milky Way and other updates

If you want to, you can go nuts with planning a Milky Way shoot! I do my night shooting on the weekends (my 9-5 keeps me from staying up all night on any random week day) so I often plan obsessively to make sure my time out in the field-- in the middle of the … Continue reading Trying (& Failing) To Shoot the Milky Way and other updates