Villines Store - Fall Schedule

Posted on: Monday, September 07, 2009 by Harvey Williams

The Villines Store in The Boxley Valley has set their hours for the fall. They will be open on Saturdays from 8 am till noon and 1 pm to 4pm. They are also open on Mondays from 1pm to 4pm.

For September their Artist of the Month is Michael Dougherty of Arkansas Wildlife Photography.com.

 

Wyoming - Montana Trip

Posted on: Monday, June 15, 2009 by Harvey Williams

Ms. Terri's cousin Don Brazeale has been talking about going to shoot prairie dogs for a long time. He recently retired from farming near Pine Bluff so I set up a trip to Eastern Wyoming to shoot for two days at the Rockin 7 Ranch near Shawnee, Wyoming. I didn't really want to drive to Wyoming for two days, then shoot for two days and then drive home, so I scheduled a trip to the Nature Conservancy's Pine Butte Guest Ranch near Choteau, Montana with a side trip to Yellowstone National Park on the way home. We traveled for nine days, drove 4,039.7 miles, and saw a large part of the country that neither one of us has seen before.

The highlights included the Pine Butte Guest Ranch. It is located where the Montana prairie meets the Rocky Mountains along side the South Fork of the Teton River. Snow had fallen the weekend before we got there and some was still covering the mountain tops. The Pine Butte Swamp Preserve is located near the ranch. Jim Culver, manager of the ranch, gave us a private tour of the swamp area. The only way to safely watch wildlife in the swamp is to climp the mountain about 500 feet and glass the swamp. I was able to see my first moose from there. Even with my 200-400 lens, it was too far for a pic. There were lots of birds and animals that we had not seen before. I would definitely recommend the ranch for a vacation trip. Ms. Terri and I are already planning a return trip for a week or two.

The other highlight was travelling through Yellowstone National Park. We did not have alot of time, but we were able to see quite alot. Bison crossing a river, a bald eagles nest, elk, and the geysers. When we got to the continental divide at 8,400 feet there was three foot of snow in the timber, 34 degrees, and snowing. The rivers inside and out of the park were moving fast with lots of white water.

 

A small Herd of Bison crossing the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

The Villines Store - 2009 Spring Season

Posted on: Thursday, March 19, 2009 by Harvey Williams

The Villines Store in the Boxley Valley will open for the Spring Season, on March 20th. This year they will be open on Fridays, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. They will also open by appointment. Lots of neat stuff from local artists, including a selection of 8x10s and 11x14s from Cove Creek Photography.

The Store is located approximately half way between the Intersection of Hwys 21 and 43 and Ponca. It is located on the South side of the road (river side). It is a small rock building next to a couple of barns. There is a little white house across the road.

A must stop thru the valley when you visit.

Green Growth - Smith Creek Hike

Posted on: Saturday, March 07, 2009 by Harvey Williams

The Nature Conservancy's NWA Green Growth Chapter has scheduled a hike at The Smith Creek Preserve near The Boxley Valley near Ponca, AR. The hike is set for Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. If you are interested in attending please contact me or Brenda Luper at 479-973-9110.

You do not have to be a member of the Conservancy or Green Growth to attend.

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