Taken with a Canon 1ds MKII, iso 100, HDR series 5 frames, Canon 24-70 lens @ F11. Flatside Pinnacle is one of those places that once you make a trip there, you will find yourself going back many times. You can catch a great sunset looking out over the Ouachita mountains, or if you are there early in the morning, the fog will be down in the hills. Flatside is an easy 40 minute drive from Little Rock, west on Hwy 10 towards Lake Sylvia. I took this shot with a Canon 1ds, MKII, in a 5 frame HDR series. The sun had already set and the exposure times were from around 5″ to 20″. The effect I was after was the light playing off the haze in the distance. The colors of the sky that day were amazing. The hike to Flatside will take you near the 150 mile Quachita trail which runs east/west across most of the Arkansas Ouachita mountains and into Oklahoma.
Taken with a Canon 5d MKII, 24-70 Lens, iso 100, @ 50mm F 8. This was day was a bust as far as catching the waterfall at Hemmed in Hollow but we still had a good time. This photo and the one that is below shows just how steep is is around the rim of Hemmed in Hollow. There is a bit of a trail that runs around the upper rim but in places it gets a bit on the close side!. We had hiked in from the Compton Trail head hoping to catch some good water in the 200 foot Hemmed in Hollow waterfall but on this day it was basically a dripping falls. Not much to photograph. The hike down from Compton Trail head is about 2 miles all downhill, and the trail gets a bit tricky in places. You have to know where to look to find the spot where you can catch the rim trail. It’s not an official trail but has been hiked enough now that it’s easy enough to find. This trail will take you all the way around the rim of Hemmed in Hollow. Note, the trail past the main waterfall is a bit tricky and has a lot of exposure. I hiked it alone in 2008 and found myself wondering if I should continue to my overlook spot. I used to hike it all the time but back then I was in my late 20’s and things always look a bit different now and then. Still it’s a great hike and offers a view that most people don’t get to see as they all tend to look up from the bottom. Also the corkscrews above the falls are well worth the trip.