Friday, April 16, 2010

The Buffalo National River

Noah and I packed a picnic and headed for the Buffalo National River yesterday. We sat at a picnic table near the water to eat, then we drove high on the bluff and relaxed, talking quietly and enjoying the perfect spring day.  I even took a few pictures!

This is the vista from the bluff:

The Buffalo National River is the very first designated national river in the United States.  It meanders about 135 miles, winding from the Boston Mountains in the west through the Ozarks Plateau.  This is a flowering dogwood, with the river in the background:

The Buffalo River has no dams, and it never will.  We spend a lot of time there.  It's the most peaceful place I've ever known.

This is a closeup of  dogwood blossoms.  Aren't they beautiful?  We have millions of them blossoming all over the Ozarks right now.

And, for me, the best part of the scenery:

Happy Spring, everyone!


  1. Lovely lady red, picnics are one of my favourite things to do evah!

    Beautiful pics, the dogwood is the official flower of British Columbia!

    "Provincial Flower - The Pacific Dogwood (Cornus Nauttallii) was adopted as British Columbia's floral emblem in 1956. It is a small tree that grows 6 to 8 metres (20 to 30 feet) in height. Leaves are dark green on the upper side, lighter on the underside and the blooms appear from April to June and sometimes again in the fall. 30-40 small cream to greenish flowers are arranged in clusters and are surrounded by four to six large pointed, petal-like bracts. In autumn, the Dogwood is conspicuous for its clusters of bright red or orange berries.

    The wood is heavy, exceedingly hard, strong, close-grained and is used occasionally for cabinet making and the handles of tools. Early legend portrays the Dogwood as being the wood of the Cross-of Calvary; the flower petals from the Cross, the centre the Crown of Thorns and the red tips of the petals the Blood of Christ. Pacific Dogwood is on the list of British Columbia plants protected by law and it is a punishable offence to pick or destroy."

  2. That is a lovely picture. We would love to join you there sometime.

  3. OK. I missed the "Read More: thingee. They are all nice pictures. And we would still like to be there sometime.

  4. Matt, we would be overjoyed for you and lovely Fay to join us in our little corner of heaven.