44th Annual Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum

The 44th Annual Territorial Fair at the Historical Arkansas Museum was this past Saturday, May 14 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The emphasis at this years fair was Historic Arkansas Foodways. There were pioneer cooking and dutch oven cooking demonstrations using 19th century pioneer recipes.

Other activites at the fair were living history performances, live music, maypole dancing, blacksmith demonstrations, pioneer games and crafts.

New Fun

Y’all know I love my Nikon D800e but it is HEAVY, really HEAVY! Add on to that the weight of a lens and it gets hard to hold for long periods of time. The arthritis in my hands is getting worse and I have really been needing a lightweight camera.

Last week I took pictures at the Pioneer Village Spring Open House in Searcy and by the time I got back to my car, a couple of hours later, my hands hurt so bad that I had trouble the rest of the day even holding on to the steering wheel. Sunday the joints in my thumbs kept locking up and no over-the-counter drugs even began to help the pain.

So, Tuesday, I saw an ad on Bedford Camera and Video Facebook page that I just could not pass up. I was on the way to a job interview and I told myself if I got the job I would get the camera advertised.  I got the job.

Bedfords Facebook Add May 9, 2017 – sale ending soon:


The Nikon D3400 is the lightest Nikon on the market. It is an entry-level camera and weighs almost nothing compared to the D800e. I’ve been wanting a lightweight camera for travel for a while now but could not afford a good camera with the lenses I would need. This kit comes with the Nikon D3400 Camera and both a 18-55mm and 70-300mm lens plus a bag (like I really needed a new one, lol).

The D3400 also connects to mobile devices through bluetooth using the Nikon SnapBridge app. Although I cannot use my smartphone to connect for some reason both my Android Tab and iPad both connect without a problem as long as I am capturing in JPEG and not RAW.

Here are a few images I took while getting used to the camera:

Of course, I’ll still carry the D800e for wildlife and more ‘important’ shots but the D3400 will be my ‘go to’ camera for candids, event and travel photography.