A friend and I spent a January day exploring some of Arkansas’ waterfalls. We started our adventure at Richland Creek, where we found Witch Hazel in bloom, weeks before its usual late-February/early-March showing. If you find yourself at waters’ edge and smell an unbelievable sweet smell this time of year, it is most likely this medicinal shrub. (The brownish bush on the right in the picture below.) A few miles down the road we got our zen on at Six Finger Falls and then spent time communing with a beautiful spot called “Pam’s Grotto” near Haw Creek. Ahhhh. Batteries: recharged.