Ponca is a tiny community located in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. It is 2.5 hours northwest of Little Rock and 3 hours southeast of Tulsa, OK. There is no good, short way to get there, but as one of America's last remnants of undeveloped rural landscape (there isn't a stoplight in the county), it is certainly very much worth getting to.
In the Ozark Mountains, summer evening thunderstorms can generate lovely, quality light that is not only ideal for landscape photography, but smaller vignettes as well. Here, a storm had just rumbled through, leaving in its wake a soft, rosy golden light that reminded me of the colors one might have found on an impressionist's palette. WIth a nod to Mssrs. Monet or van Gogh, the Cherry Rose sunflowers in my garden seemed a perfect fit for the light's watercolor-like qualities.