A brief vacation

Christa and I traveled to Fayetteville and Springdale, Arkansas, this past week, for her to present at a technology conference for educators at Springdale High School. I needed the getaway, after a terrible day at work that could determine how much longer I remain with the newspaper. Anyway, it wasn’t much of a photographic trip — I was a little low, and the opportunity for good outdoor photos just wasn’t there. Despite that fact, Fayetteville/northern Arkansas is a fantastically beautiful region, one of my favorite places to visit, and we really enjoyed our two-night stay. We had a comfortable room at the Holiday Inn, and Christa’s presentations (all four of them!) went well. I spent most of my time in the “green room,” just hanging out, either reading or writing on my computer. (“The Joy Luck Club” is a fantastic novel I’d like to finish one day.) We also spent way too much money at Barnes & Noble. I shot some fair-to-middling photos, the best of which are below.

Christa smiles for the camera as we take the elevator down from our eighth-floor room at the Holiday Inn in Springdale. We arrived at the hotel at midnight Tuesday and enjoyed our stay.

Christa smiles for the camera as we take the elevator down from our eighth-floor room at the Holiday Inn in Springdale. We arrived at the hotel at midnight Tuesday and enjoyed our stay.

The view from inside Damgoode Pies, a very decent pizza parlor just off the downtown square in Fayetteville. It was a pleasant, shady evening that convinced me I would like living in that area.

The view from inside Damgoode Pies, a very decent pizza parlor just off the downtown square in Fayetteville. It was a pleasant, shady evening that convinced me I would like living in that area.

You know it's kind of a slow trip for photos when I'm photographing restaurant signage, but here's the shingle for the pizza parlor, against a beautiful blue sky.

You know it’s kind of a slow trip for photos when I’m photographing restaurant signage, but here’s the shingle for the pizza parlor, against a beautiful blue sky.

Christa works with her 60mm lens to try to photograph a spider on the pedal of a flower in downtown Fayetteville.

Christa works with her 60mm lens to try to photograph a spider on the pedal of a flower in downtown Fayetteville.

A lovely flower bed glows in the light of magic hour in downtown Fayetteville, AR

A lovely flower bed glows in the light of magic hour in downtown Fayetteville, AR

The downtown square, Fayetteville, AR

The downtown square, Fayetteville, AR

Christa strikes a pose photographing an ornate lighting fixture.

Christa strikes a pose photographing an ornate lighting fixture.

Looking up, downtown Fayetteville

Looking up, downtown Fayetteville

 

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