A Sunday spent in Arkansas

With warmer weather comes more adventures and many other things. I can’t wait to get out and explore some new places this spring and summer. Sunday it was 60 degrees out, so we made the drive down to NW Arkansas to do some hiking, eat at our favorite fish spot for lunch and then head to the museum. I just wanted to share some of the images and a short video I put together from our Sunday.

First stop: Tanyard Creek in Bella Vista, Arkansas

It’s a super easy trail that goes along a creek that is fed by a nearby lake.


This obviously doesn’t show much of the creek and the overall look of it, but I have been multiple times and I always take the wider shots and am never happy with them. So, I pulled out my 85mm and took some tighter shots from the day. These are just a couple of my favorites. There seems to be more moss build up and I don’t know if the warmer weather has something to do with that but it was very green in the creek this time around which was pretty cool because the water is always super clear so the moss added a new hue to the water.

The last stop after lunch was the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We have been multiple times together and the last time my wife and I actually met Bill Clinton. It is cool to think we have met a former president of the United States. Whether you like him or not, we thought it was a cool experience that some people never get the opportunity to have. Now back to the trip… We were going for a newer installation and let me tell you, it was well worth the 2-hour wait. It’s free and you have a whole museum to walk around while you do so, so the wait isn’t much really. Side note, Crystal Bridges is free to everyone, thanks to Wal-Mart. There are some exhibits you have to pay a fee for, but 95% id say is free and it changes often enough you can go multiple times a year, which I do. Now to the new exhibit, we went for.

Infinite Mirrored Room – My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe by Yayoi Kusama


Super dark mirrored room and the lantern/balls changed colors the whole time. It was pretty awesome! Photos are grainy but that’s because I forgot to check my setting and my ISO was in Auto and went to 25,600! That is on the Canon 5d Mark Iv with a 35mm F2 lens. Shot at 1/500(Should have gone slower) at f/2.8(should have went f/2) but you have 90sec in the room then you have to get out. Either way, happy with a couple of my images and it was a cool experience!

Above you can see in the video the moss and some of the shots I took while out on the Tanyard Creek trail. I might have some footage of the Mirrored infinite room in my next post or check out my IG @derekliving

Thanks for coming back for another blog!



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