It’s already the 14th, and in Arkansas the fall colors are really just starting to show. Arkansas had a very wet August, but extremely dry and hot conditions prevailed during September. Most of the creeks dried up again and the trees did take a hit for sure. As of last week, the areas up around the Buffalo river have some nice color beginning to show, but still I am not seeing enough to feel that it will be a uniform color year. Instead I feel we will have individual species of trees starting to change. So for now up on the Buffalo, the Sweet Gums and Maples are starting to change, but the oaks and hickory trees have very little to show.
Closer to home around Pulaski County, I visited the Pinnacle Mountain State park this morning. There were spots of yellow along the road, but also quite a bit of brown. In my local neighborhood, I am seeing more brown than anything else and we have a very good cross section of trees to look at. Around the Maumelle River Valley, I am seeing some nice yellows off in the distance so hopefully in about a week the true nature of the color will show.
I still need to travel out to Flatside Pinnacle, as the fall display there can be one of the best in the state, but it always tends to be much later in October.
As of last week, the colors at Sam’s Throne were just starting to show, again mainly in the gums and maples. Sam’s tends to peak the first weekend in November and has never been a disappointment for me.
Rainfall is still way off for this time of the year even though rainfall totals show Arkansas way ahead for rain. The Ozarks took a nice rain yesterday, but it only seemed to effect the middle of the Buffalo River. The Carver gauge showed around 3000 CFS running in the river which is a huge amount of water for this time of year so somewhere nearby the Buffalo watershed received a lot of rain. Richland is up just a bit to 20 CFS, but that is still not enough to really make the creek attractive for photography. The upper Buffalo is still very low in the 5 to 10 CFS range. I have not checked the Cossatot, but I don’t believe it received any rain of measure.
Next week, the heat is back, so it’s still a guess as to if the state will have a good fall display or not.