Arkansas 2019 Part 5

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Arkansas 2019 Part 5

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There is a stream behind the Clinton Library.
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We begin our walk on the bridge.
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Flower boxes were a nice touch.
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Not a bad view from the bridge.
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Another view from the bridge. This is a really big river.
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Close-up of a flower in a bridge box.
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The library as viewed from the bridge.
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One of the exhibit creations graces the still fountain water in front of the building.
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There is more than one path to the bridge.
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There were five helicopters in the sky. Only two show up here.
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I guess we’re done with the library. Onto something else.
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Our first stop is at a very tall tower. The original image was portrait-oriented. I pasted an enlarged portion on the left and blurred the edge.
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We have arrived in Hot Springs, Arkansas!
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Looks like an important building.
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Too bad we weren’t there at night.
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Flower baskets adorned the old-time street lights.
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Love this sign.
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Almost a scary wall.
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If you want a snazzy outfit…
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I should have read the sign.
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Impressive building.
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I wonder if Arkansas Ducks are safer than the ones in Missouri.
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Now this is a place we could get into.
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A kind of walk in the park.
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Street shot of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
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I was amazed at the number of bathhouses in this town. They were originally built in the late 1890s.
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Each bathhouse had its own distinctive appearance.
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If you can’t sit at home and just watch TV…
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You almost expect to see horse-drawn carriages on the streets.
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Even the area behind the bathhouses was interesting.
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We went inside one of them.
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This is a closeup of the wall fountain seen above with everything around it cut away and placed on a marble background with an added shadow. I have no shame.
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I could show you the boring room where these gorgeous windows were placed, but it was more of a distraction.
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I had to twist each window with Photoshop’s Transform/Skew tool to coax it into more of a rectangle.
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The artistry of these windows was quite impressive.
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Here is one of the many rooms we visited.
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Very interesting place. Would like to go one of these days. Are the bath houses still used as such?

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The one bathhouse we visited indoors was more like a museum, where you could see how it existed years ago. I didn't know if any were actually used now, so I did a quick check on the Internet and found a good site. Apparently, there are several that are still used as true bathhouses. One bathhouse has been renovated into a hotel with a restaurant on the first floor. I wish I had seen this site prior to our visit. Hot Springs is indeed a very interesting place. Here is the site: https://unearththevoyage.com/hot-spring ... -Explained.

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The original image was very dark. I lightened it and applied levels to the pretty ladies to see them better.
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I spent a lot of time trying to twist the ceiling glass into a more realistic shape, but the original looks much better. I gave up.
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This is the room just below the stained-glass skylight shown above. The room was for men only.
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Somebody made a model of all the bathhouses along one street.
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The original background did not please me, so I grabbed a small, reasonably decent portion of the wall, put it behind the arch and cut away everything but the arch. And added a shadow.
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I gotta stop taking pictures of items that require cutting away.
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I did clone out a dead bug and other debris from this rather nice floor.
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This dressing area looks rather modern. Nice perspective, though.
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Another floor, another reason to do a bit of clean-up.
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Folks could sit and chat, maybe play board games.
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I’d hate to have my valuables on the top row.
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The sign says this is a visitor center, but I bet it started out as a bathhouse.
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We continued to stroll by beautiful bathhouses.
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And so on.
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And on.
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There were many.
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Back on the streets. Somebody called it an Historic District.
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Even the sides of buildings were charming.
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Street, walkway, bathhouses…all in a row.
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Don’t you love great wall art when you find it unexpectedly?
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It was tempting, but I didn’t bite.
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Pleasant scenes abound.
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You have to look up to see the pretty architecture every once in a while.
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I do wish I had sat down next to the gentleman and let him hold my hand while someone else took the picture.
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Nice pictures of Hot Springs!

Is it me or does every city with a river front do a better job at making it viable than KC? In this case Little Rock.

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Thank you, Highlander.

Mmm. A massage sounds good. I’ve never had one.
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More wall art. I appreciate artists who take on such large projects.
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I had to cut around the light pole and flowers, and impose a less busy background. Not really worth the effort.
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I found the multiple layers of advertisements on this wall quite interesting.
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I had to lighten the horse, the front part of the carriage and the driver to little avail.
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It is now Saturday, 8/3/19 and we are visiting Magazine Mountain, unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on perspective at any given time—in a cloud. What can these people possibly see at this overlook?
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The fog does add interest to the road.
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I managed to spot a few flowers.
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I wouldn’t call these things “flowers,” but they were the only reasonably colorful things sprouting out of a leafy environment.
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The sign says we are at Mt. Magazine State Park. That’s my son approaching from the left.
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Close-up of aforementioned non-flower.
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More nondescript blossoms. If you relax your eyes, look through the flowers and move your head slowly, they will be in 3D.
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This is a tiny flower, which makes the even tinier yellow flower-like doodads in the middle remarkable.
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Interesting sign on a rock, warning you of a high cliff. In these foggy conditions, you wouldn’t know.
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Here is another clue that the cliff is high.
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These yellow flowers don’t seem to mind the fog.
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Grand steps apparently to nothing.
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I like the wheat-like stalks. The yellow flowers are always welcome.
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The original image was portrait-oriented. The focus was on the top of a super-skinny grassy thing, but when I saw the water droplets at the bottom, the composition changed dramatically.
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The wheat-like thing is special.
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This must be a visitor center. Don’t remember.
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A little on the ragtag side, but still flowers.
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Everybody likes cone flowers.
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As I looked over these black-eyed Susans, I just now noticed the butterfly upper right! What a joy!
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