Autumn in Arkansas – Through the lens of Tim Ernst


Arkansas Splendor.
It’s the title of photographer Tim Ernst’s newest “coffee table picture book,” as he decribes it.
It’s also what he so capably captures in 144 pages of brilliant and breathtaking photos of The
Natural State. We are pleased to share a collection of photos from that book.
The photos, he writes in the book’s introduction, were taken during May 2018 and May 2019,
which enabled him to capture“a superbloom of trees with one of the very best fall color displays I’ve ever seen in 20 years,”as well as “high water levels during that fall color season, which meant lots of great waterfallsand fall color at the same time (very rare).”Very rare. And very remarkable.
Take time to savor the seasonal Splendor.

Bard Springs Falls along Blaylock Creek in the Ouachita Mountains.

“A friendly little butterfly landed on this bright butterfly weed right on cue.”

“There seem to be a lot more goats in Arkansas these days — always so cute, even in the fog.”


A long exposure of Cedar Falls, Petit Jean State Park.

“The soft fingers of goldenrod remind me of a feather duster.”

A historic overlook built by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Little Missouri Falls in the Ouachita Mountains.











Fog rises from Henson Creek in the headwaters area of the Little Buffalo River.

A sweetgum tree, roots and leaves along an unnamed stream in the Ouachita Mountains.

A herd of cypress knees, Goose Lake, Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge.


A tulip tree showing off its fall color.

A classic maple tree in full fall dress.


Tim Ernst, 63, lives in a cabin called Little Bluff near the Buffalo River in Newton County with his artist wife, Pam. He has been a professional nature photographer for more than 40 years and has had hundreds of images published in numerous publications, including National Geographic.

A member of Carroll Electric Cooperative, he has written several outdoor guidebooks and has recently completed his 19th “coffee table picture book,” titled Arkansas Splendor.

To learn more, or to visit his Canvas Prints Gallery near Jasper, visit: