Tarry at Tarry one more time


Back in the day at Tarry, Arkansas

Thomas Grocery - Tarry Arkansas

Still standing after a lot of years, Thomas Grocery and other scenes around Tarry, Arkansas were our target back in July 2012. Click on the store to see our original post.

Back in July of 2012, I paid a visit to Tarry, Arkansas. I was fortunate on the trip. Trey Gill, a resident of Tarry gave me the proverbial “two-bit” tour including of Tarry, including traipsing through his old barn. We also photographed Thomas Grocery, a still-standing arch-typical southern country store. We were not privy to the inside of the store, but we were able to shoot with reckless abandon on the outside.

See our original July 22, 2012 post and Corndancer story

Thomas Grocery Tarry Arkansas

Click on the store to see two additional store pix plus more at Tarry

See the aforementioned barn in our original July 2012 post. It is huge and more or less skeletal in its current appearance, but there is enough left to give you an idea of what it was in its glory days.

We also show you the old farm corn crib which is as big as some barns we see. A tree is growing just about sideways from under one corner of the crib. To see everything we shot and chronicled on this trip, go the the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com. You will see two additional pictures of the store.

To a large segment of our population, what you see in this and our original post — and the original Corndancer story — are three and more generations removed, which in my humble opinion makes it worth the time to take a look.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey,
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Seeing the unexpected


Old pickup and roses

Click on the old truck to see our original post.

We go through life seeing what we expect to see and remaining safely in our comfort zone. Occasionally, however, we catch a quick glimpse of the unexpected.

When you stop and think about it, unlike tasting or touching, seeing something new and/or different is, for the most part, out of our control. I mean, er, ah, like … there it is, something totally unexpected, right there in front of your very eyes  just bigger’n Dallas — BAM!

Basset hound looking through gate

Click on Lillie the Basset to see the original story.

In our February 6, 2012 post we explored two such occurrences: One a loveable Basset hound on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com  and the other, a rode-hard-and-put-up-wet pickup framed by a brace of rose bushes at our original Weekly Grist post of Feb. 6, 2012. I believe you will enjoy both of these epistles. If not, you are due a refund.

The coupons for this refund are conveniently available for pickup at the top of Mount Ranier.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey,
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

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A look inside a Byrd house


nside-dogtrot-house-kitchen

Click the picture to see our original January 2012 post

The Byrds have been busy

The opportunity to have a free photo pass in a well-restored dog-trot house does not come often.

Hobart “Sonny” Byrd and his wife Betty afforded me that opportunity in January of 2012 in the old family home on the same property as the more modern digs where they reside. The Byrds put a lot of sweat into the old

dog-trot-house

Click the old house to see the original and more

house to restore it and continue their labors to maintain it. They have placed the artifacts of daily living throughout the structure, giving it an air of authenticity. It is as if you walked in one door as the residents walked out another.

We posted five interior pictures in our original Weekly Grist of January 16, 2012 with along with a link to a gallery with more pictures. We also posted three exterior pictures of the old home on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com. Take a look.

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

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Tarnished panache


Saenger Theater Pine Bluff AR

Click on the old Saenger to see our original story.

Back in September of 2011, we gave some space to a worthy local campaign to save our largest old down town movie theater, The Saenger. Like many others, “progress” ate The Saenger’s economic lunch and the doors closed after the owners stripped it.

Local theater and historic enthusiasts and some professional volunteers mounted a campaign to save the old girl. The organization collected some money and wound up with more than 2,000 friends on its facebook page. After the dust settled, the theater was finally deeded to to city which is stabilizing it to slow down the inevitable. The appearance now is virtually the same as then.

The Lunchery in Pine Bluff AR

Click on “The Lunchery” to see more pix and info.

I shot the old theater as part of a swing through the oldest part of our downtown which is home to a plethora of interesting old buildings, some of which if not attended to are not long for this world.

Click here to see our original September 4, 2011 post. Also see the Corndancer dot-com Photo of the Week page where the story started.

Click here to see 31 pictures of the old buildings, most of which you will not see anywhere else.

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

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Down on the corner


Yellow flower and seed pod

Flower siblings: This yellow flower and its sibling are thriving on an entrance ramp at the junction of I-530 and South Hazel Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The bloom is advertising for pollination. The seed pod in the lower right, formerly adorned as its colorful sibling, has completed that mission. The next trick is to allow Mother Nature to distribute the seeds to precipitate a repeat performance. Neighbors to these posies include a colony of American Lotus plants in an adjacent pond.

American Lotus bloom

Click on the lotus for a bigger picture and the start of this story

At the southeast corner of the junction of I-530 and South Hazel Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, there’s a neighborhood uninhabited with homo sapiens. People are a little further south. The neighborhood I reference includes a perennial colony of American Lotus (AKA water lily) plants. I have watched the colony for a few years. I decided last year to photograph it.

When I did, I discovered that in that small macro environment, there were a number of small blooming plants growing in the hard pan of the interstate entrance ramp. See more about this corner including a picture of the big lotus on the Photo of the Week Page at Corndancer dot-com. We’ll wait here while you look.

I’ll have to hand it to the plants that seem to thrive on the interstate entrance ramp. The ground is hard pan and sloped, conditions not good for retaining moisture. What water they do get is fouled by runoff from the on-ramp which falls way short on the purity index. Here’s a glance at two more of these hardy specimens.

Burred plant

My love of going barefooted began as far back as I can remember. In fact, my feet are bare as I write this missive. One of the hazards of going barefooted was stepping on a cockleburr (our mispronunciation of the pest was “cucklebur”). This resident of the on-ramp is not a “cuckleburr,” but it looked enough like one to make my foot twinge. It is in all likelihood a clover head.

Small daisies

A kind reader once informed me as to the correct identification of these micro-daisies. Unfortunately, that information escapes me, so they are once again “little bitty daisies.” The real thing is about a half-inch across the beam. The top one is at full glory. The rest are going into the “gone to seed” mode.

Crepe myrtle blooms

My friend Dick Warriner advised me earlier this week that his crepe myrtle was resplendent following a rain and a good time to shoot. Unfortunately, the alligators at my ankles prevented the wet shoot. Even dry, they still look good.

crepe myrtle close up

Here are more blooms from the same tree up close and personal.

Suspicions confirmed:

Given the name of this post, one would expect this video to be included. The picture quality is lacking, but it is the original guys. Bring your nickel, tap your feet.

I believe I can say without reservation, there are millions of these special little communities similar to the one we explored today. Perhaps I’ll discover a few more. Better yet, perhaps you will.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

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http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/

An urge of unknown origin


caddywhompus sign

We believe there are sign alignment issues with this caddywhompus arrangement. As best we can tell, the towns of Marvel and St. Charles have not been moved. This is for real, not cut and paste.

A spontaneous trip to St. Charles

An urge of unknown origin sent me to tiny St. Charles, Arkansas seeking fodder for this venue. Once the urge was codified to action, I decided on separate going and coming routes. In days past, this practice was defensive in nature. Currently, it is a practice to afford more visual opportunities. My going route took me through Stuttgart, Arkansas to Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas and then to St. Charles. That selection put me in front of the hilarious sign above.

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Click the store to see pictures and story of how this adventure started

In St. Charles I found a historic store with some  east-coast connections one would not expect to find in the depths of LA (lower Arkansas). I also discovered a few tidbits of history about the area.

It was a “days gone by” trip, looking at what worked years ago but does not work now, a valuable exercise if one intends to survive the whirlwind economic and social idiosyncrasies that steer the world in which we live.

See the Photo of the Week Page at Corndancer dot-com for pictures and observations.

The following pix are targets of photographic opportunity to and from our destination

Road sign with gunshot strikes

East of Stuttgart, we confirmed the presence of armed and frisky “good-ol-boys” in the local population mix. A shotgun smacked this sign along with what appear to be .22 shots.

Schwabs Grocery Crocketts Bluff Arkansas

You are looking at the entire central business district, as in “down-town,” in Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas. What the town lacks in size it more than makes up with its cleanliness. It is also a destination for serious anglers and waterfowl hunters.

University of Arkansas Agri Research

I’m not sure what these doo-dads are or what they do, but they looked like an interesting picture. They are part and parcel of the huge University of Arkansas Agricultural Research facility east of Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Tree and barn

Farmers on the Grand Prairie are generally a neat lot. Their premises, for the most part, are well manicured like this one. The old barn is providing shelter to aluminum irrigation pipe sections which have fallen from grace in favor of collapsible plastic pipe.

wild flowers on highway 153 in arkansas

I always call these wild flowers Holly Hocks, with full realization that they are not. They grow by the gazillions on LA roadsides this time of year. These are on Highway 153 south of Crocketts Bluff.

Smiling dog at St. Charles Arkansas

Being a dog person, it is always nice to find a furry friend who is as glad to see you as you are to see him. This dude wandered up to visit as I was leaving St. Charles.

Smiling dog at St. Charles Arkansas

We have established an additional population of armed good ol’ boys in the DeWitt, Arkansas area. Unlike ducks, geese and deer, signs never seem to be out of season.

I first shot this residence in June 2009 when it was occupied with a tricked out blue chopper ensconced on the front veranda. Take a look at the first shot here.

I first shot this residence South of DeWitt, Arkansas in June 2009 when it was occupied. There was a tricked out blue chopper ensconced on the front veranda. Click here to take a look at the 2009 picture. You will need to scroll down to see the picture when you arrive at the linked page.

After this shot, we lit a shuck for home. I hope you have as much fun looking at these pictures as I did shooting them.

BONUS GALLERY

There are 20 pictures in this trip collection, you see nine of them here. You can see these anbd th rest of the pix, in a larger format in our Weekly Grist Gallery.  Enjoy looking!

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

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http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html

 

 

 

 

A picture of heritage redux


A cool country barn on a sweltering day

Old barn

Click on the old barn to see our original July 4, 2010 post.

It was as hot as blazes July 2010 when I was fortunate enough to stumble across this old barn.

I was even luckier when I discovered the owners lived across the road — and were more than willing to talk about the history of the barn — and gave me the run of the place.

Turns out it has been in the same family since it was built in the late in the 19th century. Click here to check out our original July 4, 2010 post on the old barn. Be sure and check out the gallery links at the bottom of the page to see more pix of the barn.

Old ramshackle barn

Click on the barn to see more pix and information

The owners  of the barn were very congenial. They invited me into their living room to give me the skinny on the when it was built by their fore-bearers. I had not expected this generous hospitality to be extended to a total stranger standing at the door on their front porch.

Our conversation required turning up the volume a bit to keep up with the noise from the “window-shaker” air conditioner operating at full blast to stave off the 100º temperature.

We actually started the discourse on this barn, it’s owners, and it’s contents on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot com, we’ll wait here while you take a look there. Though the story was first published in 2010, it will still interest you.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

http://www.joedempseyphoto.com/
http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/
http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html

 

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