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Sunday, November 8, 2009

When I first saw these pecan trees, they were a mere 70 years old, give or take an annum or two. Now they have eclipsed 100 and are showing no evidence of adverse conditions past the ordinary wear and tear one would associate with staying outside all the time. The trees, quietly awaiting discovery, are rooted on either side of Arkansas Highway 161 south of the village of Scott.

There aren’t many tree tunnels left, and this one is one of the best. It is not a high traffic location, so you can take your time driving through. Though the scenery is great and there are some nice agricultural touristy things and a popular eatery at Scott (William J. Clinton is partial to its offerings), Pigeon Forge it ain’t, so you can relax and soak in all of the good stuff.

Depending on the time of day, the trees take on a different appearance, as is clearly demonstrated from the paired images above, which were captured yesterday, November 7. The vista of the evening shot is from north to south. The morning vista is from south to north. In both cases, you are looking in the opposite direction of the other shot, if that makes sense.

The trees are telling us a couple things, to wit: If you don’t like what you see, check back later — and conversely, if you don’t check back, you may miss what you like. This blows holes in the old “first impression” thingy. You may like the second look better than the first. Or, you could develop a neurosis trying to decide which is best. Hopefully not.

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Nikon D300, both shots tripod mounted, Nikkor VR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 G ED. Morning (daylight) shot. ISO 200, 1/400 @ f10. Evening (dusk) shot, ISO 400, 1/25@f9.

divider go there now See more as we meander (again) around the Delta on our blog, Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind. See a once-proud plantation home, now crawling with vines, an old store building on a farm, some colorful rail cars, a stand of trees in water, and a large John Deere tractor attached via chain to the front of my pickup.

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