Here are a LOT of images from that day, some taken with the iPhone 4s and some taken with the Nikon:
At the Start of the Caddo Bend Trail.
Lita, at home in nature.
This forest was filled with Red-headed Woodpeckers. We saw them several times throughout the day and were able to snag some not-so-bad shots of them:
We saw other creatures as well:
The whole trail wrapped around a section of Lake Ouachita so the views were stunning. We found a beach-like area that we climbed down to. I was sitting on a rock, just taking in the view, when something caught my eye. It was an uncut quartz crystal. Arkansas is famous for their crystal mining and I have mined there before with my niece Danielle. But this was better! It was like a gift from the universe. Best souvenir ever!
Pine Cones Over Lake Ouachita
After the short lakeside break, we headed back up to the highest point for some spectacular views and gorgeous flora and fauna:
Heading back up through the forest...
Branches over Bokeh
Forest Grapes in Sunlight
Eastern Wood Pewee
Lake Ouachita Through the Trees
I used to pluck these off the trees in summer when I was a kid back in Kansas.
At the highest point on the Caddo Bend Trail
After taking in the view for a bit, we headed back down. At one point, we walked under a tree and heard a loud, startling noise. A huge bird took to flight...we scared him, he scared us! I was too in awe of the majestic size of him to grab my camera but Lita was able to snag some pics of him in flight and we were able later to identify him as a 2nd year Bald Eagle. Such an exciting moment to witness! I did manage to spot two other birds on the way down and it was a good way to end the day!
Next up, our last day of hiking in Lake Catherine State Park! Stay tuned!