Nov. 6, 2005
Nature rises up and shouts before winter takes her, and she is never more splendid than when gray death is about to pass over her hills.

These are shouts from here and there in the Ozarks, including Hedges pour-off overlooking the valley of the Buffalo, the Buffalo River above the Ponca Bridge, Cove Creek valley above Bear Wallow Hollow, and Richason Mountain along the Ozark Highlands Trail.

Even in her gray death she manages to find a way to shine. This Back Light photo was taken last winter, when the last remnants of a light snow were clinging to the tops of the ridges overlooking Cove Creek valley, coincidentally on the very same ridge that is so colorful in one of the images above.