Old buildings in Tull, Arkansas… This first version, above, is my favorite – and is made from layering a full-color HDR version and a black-and-white conversion together to achieve a “limited color” look. You can see the full-color and B/W versions below…
This panorama was taken looking West between the old and new bridges spanning the Saline River as it passes Tull, Arkansas. You can learn more about the old bridge at Bridgehunter.com. I’d like to return and photograph this on an overcast – maybe even misty – day, and I apologise for the harsh mid-day sunlight of this one.
What does “Toad Suck” mean anyway? Well, the answer is quite simple… Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn’t, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: “They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.” Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze.
The above info comes from the Wikipedia article about Toad Suck – but it’s a great place to just sit and watch the Arkansas River go by. And if you’d like a snack while you sit, the Toad Suck One Stop is nearby! Another photo below…)