Cornerstone and thereabouts

Cornerstone store

The business district of Cornerstone, Arkansas. That is unless you count thousands of acres of corn and rice, which is major business. Food and fuel is growing in a big way.

At first blush, pickings in downtown Cornerstone, Arkansas look pretty slim. You are looking at it. That’s it. Lock stock and barrel. But as an agricultural community deep in the rich Delta soil, there’s more to Cornerstone than meets the eye, at least on first blush. See two more Cornerstone pictures and learn about what makes it tick on the Photo of the Week. Click here to go there, a very cool thing to do.

In the mid-sixties, when I first darkened the door of the store to satisfy a gnawing hunger, I found the staple RC Cola and Moon Pie, a satisfactory gastronomical adventure by any measure. I eschewed the ubiquitous Vienna sausages, more popularly pronounced, ” … vi-eenurs,” in favor of Cheetos. I never could figure out in which end of Vienna those abominable protein and fat conglomerations originated. And I have a deep-seated appreciation of the legendary Cheetos crunchiness.

On the way to Cornerstone, before the rain, tooling down Rob Roy Road at not much more than a crawl, I noticed a set of stairs to my right. I had driven past the same place no telling how many times and never noticed the steps before. There may be something to say for being less than lead-footed occasionally.

Stairway to nowhere

Stairway to nowhere. This stairway is just a few feet from the road. The stairs lead to a former fence entry point. The post and fence top at the head of the stairs are painted former telephone poles. There was little evidence as to what was there before and there was no one to ask.

The sun was right, the rain had abated and everything in sight was a glowing green or gold, the ideal conditions to again photograph one of my favorite targets, the water tower at Lake Dick, Arkansas. The last time I shot it, about a year ago, it was surrounded by corn. This year, it is surrounded by rice.

Lake Dick water tower

Standing tall since 1936, the water tower at Lake Dick is a navigational landmark. The tallest structure for miles, when you see it, you immediately know where you are (just in case you didn't).

From the tower, expend a foot ounce of energy. Turn your head to the right and you’ll witness a dramatic vista. Layers of green, gold, and blue that will be different in five minutes. Look quick. The admission cost is low. The reward is huge.

Rice and corn fields

Not far from Cornerstone, Lake Dick shares the rich agricultural assets of the Delta. These wide open spaces green and gold with crops are real eye candy. Particularly when capped with dramatic cloud formations. It's a form of brain-cleaning entertainment which requires a bit of gas and a little time. It is simply a matter of moving from one's duff to the viewing area.

BUT WAIT, there’s more. See all of our weekly pictures in glorious high resolution. There are always a few shots in this weekly gallery not seen anywhere else. Click here to go there.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey,


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