52/365 – Toad Suck Park

19 Feb

Well, I managed to blog fifty-one days in a row without a miss, until yesterday. I spent the better part of the day getting new tires on my car, then the rest of it was spent with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. We had a great time, so I’m not going to beat myself up over a missed blogging day! 🙂

Today, I drove out to Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam, which is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigational System. Here are some of the decent shots that I managed to capture.







I loved watching these birds! They were taking full advantage of the churning water by scouring the surface for fish. When they spotted one, they would swoop down and grab it, sometimes splashing into the water.


I never saw this gentleman catch a fish, but he was persistent, just like the birds!








I think the dam made some pretty neat shots. In the last one, I like the way you can see the calm water on one side, and the churning water on the other side.

Yes, another sycamore! They were everywhere, I couldn’t resist!

This couple was cute! They were enjoying the view and each other’s company so much, that they didn’t notice me sneaking some shots of them! 🙂


Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Project 365


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3 responses to “52/365 – Toad Suck Park

  1. Cowboy

    February 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Great photos – but what name for a park 🙂

    • sbrown365

      February 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks! The story behind the name goes something like this: Back in the day, the river boat captains and crew would hole up in the taverns near the ferry when the water levels caused the river to become impassable. The locals claimed that they would “suck on the whiskey bottle ’til they swelled up like a toad,” and the name “Toad Suck” was formed! There is even a “Toad Suck Daze” Festival!

      • Cowboy

        February 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        Stephany –

        Ahhh – that makes a bit more sense about the name. I’m sure the festival is great and a good time for all. I think it’s always interesting to know some of the history how something like this was named.

        Great post !


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