Winter Beauty – Petit Jean Photos by Artist, Keith Newton

Frozen Waterfall_2011 copy It's cold.

I'm a warm weather lover, I must admit. I want to stay inside more in winter (unless there's potential for sledding down a good hill)  & that brings its challenges, as being outside is where I often feel most at home. The greatest personal value in winter, for me then, is reflection.

If you're feeling cooped up, experiencing some winter "blah" & in need of inspiration, here you go!

Keith Newton is a gifted artist. He shared some photos of his latest hike at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas with me. He was fortunate to be there during the snow & captured the perfect beauty of winter.

I'm awed by these images, so I thought I'd share them with you.Snowy Ice Lake_2011_(c)

Here's a great Valentine's Day story, too – the Legend of Petit Jean. Read about the young woman who followed her beloved to this place from France, disguised as a boy to avoid detection on the journey. She's said to have eventually died here. She asked that she be buried overlooking the river where she spent her last days.

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Keith Newton at Petit Jean gravesite.

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Besides his talents as a nature photographer, Keith Newton is also a craftsman, creating beautiful hand-turned bowls & one-of-a-kind furniture from wood. More on Keith in future posts. In the meantime, do yourself a favor & enjoy more of his photography & woodworks on his website!