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Quintessential New England – West Arlington VT

Quintessential New England - West Arlington VT (Click on graphic to enlarge)

Quintessential New England - West Arlington VT (Click on graphic to enlarge)

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The Lord of Leisure writes:

By making my way through the brush up an embankment in West Arlington, Vermont, I was able to capture this classic covered bridge in the foreground and, just beyond, a partial view of an exquisitely representative church, all framed in Fall colors, composing the quintessential New England scene within one photo.
  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []

Garvan Woodland Gardens Near Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Stone Bridge At Garvan Woodland Gardens Near Hot Springs Arkansas

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The Lord of Leisure writes:

These two pictures were taken at the University of Arkansas Garvan Woodland Gardens near Hot Springs, Arkansas. The 210 acre site, located on a peninsula on Lake Hamilton, was donated to the School Architecture by Verna Garvan and has been transformed into a formal botanical garden that is both renowned in academic circles and visually spectacular to visitors of all backgrounds.

In April, the stone bridge in the mottled afternoon light offered a fascinating and oddly provocative subject, and the azaleas’ almost luminescent colors were irresistible.

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Garvan Woodland Gardens

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []

Alley Spring Mill On The Jacks Fork River

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Alley Spring Mill On The Jacks Fork River (click image to enlarge)

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This photo of the Alley Spring Mill on the Jacks Fork River, a tributary of the Current River, near Eminence, Missouri, was taken early on an April morning, when we were alone in park. 2

Alley Spring Mill and Jacks Fork River Information3

Alley Spring Mill is located in Shannon County in south central Missouri.

Archaeological evidence suggests that Native Americans camped throughout the Alley Spring area ten thousand years ago because of its abundance of fresh water and game.

European homesteaders began arriving in this area in the 1830s and 1840s, forming a settlement along the Jacks Fork River.

The first mill was built in 1868. The Alley Spring community was originally named Mammoth Spring and later Barksdale Spring, but these names were deemed too long by the Post Office, causing the village to once again rename itself, this time after a prominent local citizen with a modestly shorter name, John Alley. From that day to this,the village is officially designated Alley Spring but the area has been known as Alley Spring Mill, Alley Spring, Alley Mill, or Alley.

In 1894, the current Alley Mill was built by a local speculator, George Washington McCaskill, using the latest technology – a turbine rather than a water wheel and rollers rather than stone grist stones.

The community at Alley thrived initially, serving as the venue for dances, baseball games, and roller skating . John Knotts purchased the 80 acre site in 1902 and opened other enterprises near the mill, including a well-stocked store and blacksmith shop. The milling operation itself was expanded to include corn meal production as well as flour. Alley’s school in 1903 had an enrollment of 42 students. Church services were also held at the schoolhouse.

Conrad Hug became the new owner in 1912, and made Alley one of Missouri’s first resorts, known as Crystal Spring Town Site, attracting people who came by train from as far away as Saint Louis. Glider swings for tourists were scattered around the spring and July Fourth was one of many festive celebrations. Prohibition doomed the economic success of this resort.

Today, the mill is operated as a an educational site.

Canoeing
This tributary of the Current River is one of the wildest and most scenic of the Missouri Ozark streams. Its deep valley is nearly a canyon, with no bottomland fields for the first 25 floatable miles.

Both the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers wind through a landscape of rugged hills and towering bluffs, making them especially scenic and satisfying routes for canoe and float trips lasting from a few hours to a few days.

The general character of the river is narrow, swift, shallow gravel- bottomed rapids, alternating with deep, calm pools. It is much like floating down a winding, watery stairway as you canoe downstream through this verdant river valley. The average canoeing time is 3 miles per hour. Water temperature ranges between a cool 58 and 68 degrees year around. The canoeing difficulty is rated a Class I (easy) with occasional Class II (medium) sections.

Statistics4
The Jacks Fork River drains directly into the Current River. The Jacks Fork River is formed by the confluence of two streams: the North Prong and South Prong of the Jacks Fork. Both streams join to form the Jacks Fork River northwest of Mountain View, Missouri. From this point, the Jacks Fork flows in an easterly direction for 49.1 miles before joining the Current River northeast of Eminence, Missouri with an average gradient of 7.1 feet/mile.

There are 22 officially recognized springs within the Jacks Fork River watershed. However preliminary results of surveys performed within National Park Service boundaries indicate that many more springs exist within the watershed. Alley Spring is the largest spring within the watershed with an average discharge of 125 cubic feet per second or 81 million gallons a day. The spring basin is funnel-shaped with a depth of 32 feet.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Neil Ellis

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []
  2. This area is part of the Ozark National Scenic Waterways. []
  3. Data in this section is primarily from Ozark Riverways []
  4. Data in this section is from the Jacks Fork Watershed Inventory and Assessment []

Greer Springs In The Missouri Ozarks

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Greer Springs In Missouri Ozarks (click image to enlarge)

The Lord of Leisure writes:

Greer Spring on the Eleven Point River may be the most beautiful spot we have found after many hiking and canoing trips through the Ozarks.

Until several years ago the shoreline was private property, and the only access was a steep half-mile trail, which was itself guarded by a caretaker in her eighties, who would allow entry to visitors only after delivering a stern lecture on trail etiquette and administering a pledge that prohibited gum and cigarettes.

Whether because of the caretaker’s pledge or the restricted entrée (which limited the number of sightseers), the land along the spring and the spring itself were pristine, free of the typical detritus and, indeed, any taint of human visitation. Our arrival on the riverbank was accompanied by the sense that we were the first people to come upon this spot, a feeling undiminished by the fact that we knew it to be inaccurate.

This photo was taken in the late afternoon with soft light filtering down through the surrounding forest.

Greer Springs Information2


The Logistics
Located in Oregon County in south central Missouri, the Greer Spring branch of the Eleven Point River has an average flow of 222 million gallons per day, which is equivalent to 344 cubic feet per second, making it the third largest of the Ozarks springs.3

The spring drops 62 feet in its 1.25 mile run from its source to the Eleven Point River, an exceptionally steep gradient that results in a current so powerful that boating is prohibited.4

Historical Highlights
The area was homesteaded by Thomas Simpson in 1845. After purchasing 40 acres in 1859, Samuel Greer and his father operated a mill in the gorge by 1860. Because of the steep grade of the land, oxen were trained to haul grain up and down the hill without a driver.

While the younger Greer was serving with the Confederate troops,5 other Confederates burned the family mill, which was rebuilt after the war.

When demand for milling increased, Greer rebuilt the mill 0.75 miles away, atop the ridge and conveyed power by a series of cables.

Milling continued until 1920. The property was then owned by the Louis Denning family, who used it as a family retreat from 1922 to 1988. After efforts to establish a water bottling plant failed, the property was sold to U.S. Forest Service in 1993.

Current Status Of Greer Spring
Information about camping and hiking in this area, including maps and descriptions of scenery, is available at The Ozark Trail

Credit Due Department: Photo by Neil Ellis

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []
  2. The information in this section is from Large Ozarks Springs []
  3. Until some time after 1900, Greer Spring, then called Big Ozark Spring, was thought to be the largest spring in the state. []
  4. This branch has, in fact, been the site of two deaths: prior to 1932, a man attempting to canoe the waters drowned and in 1884, Lewis Greer, son of the mill builder, fell to his death on the rocks of the branch while working on the mill renovation. []
  5. Missouri was a border state during the Civil War with many of its citizens fighting for the Confederates and many others joining the Union forces []

Stream In Jackson, New Hampshire

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Stream In Jackson, New Hampshire

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The Lord of Leisure writes:

As one can see from the photo, we found peak fall color in Jackson, New Hampshire. Of course, we happened onto this bridge in the middle of town during a casual walk so I was caught without a tripod. The view from this vantage point clearly warranted the extra effort of bracing against the railing to capture this picture.

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []

White Mountains Barn

White Mountains Barn

White Mountains Barn (click to enlarge)

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The Lord of Leisure writes:

This long telephoto shot of a barn in the White Mountains of New Hampshire required special effort to capture. This photo was taken from at least a half mile away, but the key was being patient enough to wait for an hour for the sun to reappear on a mostly cloudy day. The sun spotlighted the barn for a minute or two, and I took about 10 images, the best of which is the one displayed here.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Neil Ellis

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []