Lake with Covered Bridge
Mining tools in hand, off we go to hunt for diamonds!
All smiles because I'm not digging!
Lita hard at work digging for diamonds
No diamonds here!
Lita soaking and swishing her screen but all we both ended up finding were some pretty rocks!
The trail was suppose to follow a river, which due to the drought, was all dried up. We still enjoyed it and managed to spot the following birds: A pair of Summer Tanagers, a Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, lots of Carolina Chickadees, a Tufted Titmous and a Northern Cardinal. We did run into a creepy stalker guy that completely changed the air and mood of the forest. Before he showed up the birds were singing, the sun was shining and the air smelled sweet of pine. Once he came, the forest got quiet, dark and the air was super heavy and thick. We took it as a sign and hightailed it out of there!
We were greeted at the start of the trail by signs of Autumn!
Along the trail we go!
Mushrooms in White
Dappled Forest Light
We found some water!
During our outing to Crater of Diamonds State Park, we logged six species of birds: Summer Tanager, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and Northern Cardinal. That evening, back at the ranch we saw an American Crow and a Belted Kingfisher. Here are some pics of a few of the birds. Some not so great as I don't have a lens made for faraway, treetop dwelling birds that move like lightening (and it didn't help I forgot my external flash!), but thought I would share anyways. :)
Tufted Titmouse. This guy was curious about us but stayed pretty hidden, displaying a bit of shyness.
Next up, a long, steep and rugged, strenuous hike along the Caddo Bend Trail in the Ouachita National Forest!