The bright red diamorpha have now bloomed with tiny white flowers. From a distance, they look pink.
This area was quarried heavily but it is such a wide open space and the flowers and greenery are taking over. It is a wonderful open space but we are on our way to Arabia Lake.
There are some very large rocks that we walk past and Richard thought this one looked a bit like a T-Rex.
This plant is a tradescantia. We saw this at Stone Mountain last year and now we have seen it at Arabia Mountain! Amazing where it grows, it must be one tough plant.
As we were walking on this rocky terrain towards the frog pond which is at the base of this side of the mountain, we heard a noise that sounded a bit like little boys knocking marbles together. Does anyone know what that could be? We also heard that sound later at the frog pond itself and also at the little creek near the lake. Does a frog make that noise? Richard was able to get a shot of this beautiful dragonfly at the frog pond, that dusty blue was gorgeous! We don't know what it is called. Can anyone tell me?
The jasmine has stopped blooming now so it is the time for this little beauty. It is called a crossvine and is related to a trumpet flower, can you see how they look like trumpets? They are everywhere, often growing up high in a tree and you will see the blossoms at your feet before you see the vine.
We have made it to Arabia Lake! We were happily surprised to see that almost the whole perimeter of the lake was covered in a lilly pad type of plant that was blooming with yellow flowers.
This looked just like pink honeysuckle to me and that is, in fact, what people call it. It is really a wild azalea and that pink is the most beautiful color.
The vernal pools on the top of Arabia have dried up now, not surprising with the heat that we have had. We met a nice guy at the top of the mountain on Saturday from West Virginia and I told him about my blog. I wonder if he will find it and read this? If so, he could leave a comment and let you know the beauty here is real. No trick photography! Nothing photo-shopped! Just beauty captured by our eyes and our small camera...