Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Panola Mountain Outcrop Trail/Arabia Mountain



We are growing very fond of the outcrop trail at Panola Mountain.  The trail goes through some pines and then opens up onto hardwoods and then, you get to the rocky outcrop, where you can see lots of wildflowers.  There are a couple of decks with some benches and it is nice to sit and look up at the clouds and listen out for birds, sometimes being rewarded by the sight of a bird you have never seen before!  (Birdwatching tip: LISTEN for birds, chances are you will hear one before you see it, follow the sound, and then, you MIGHT see the bird!)

 



 

Butterfly Pea  (Love the name of this little beauty)
 
 
Okay, we decided we just had to see Arabia Mountain too!  Can you see the green plants coming up through this moss? They are the Yellow Daisies! We can't wait to see them bloom!
 
Arabia Mountain!
 
When I come out from under the pines and see this rock against the sky, it makes my heart sing!
These were in bloom all over the mountain.  They are...oh dear, I forgot, someone can tell me I am sure.  Poly-something curtissi, that is all I remember!  The bees and butterflies loved them!
This last photo is our son from Arabia Mountain from the end of June of last year.   It might look as if he is waving but he is reaching up to touch that tree.  Christopher will be actually performing in a few weeks at a club in Atlanta.  I hope to do a post about it, so look out for it!  Isn't that exciting?

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  1. Love the picture of the butterfly pea and the green moss, it looks so soft! Well, actually, I love ALL the pictures in this post. The silhouette of Christopher next to the tree is a great picture, too.
    I can imagine how excited you are about him performing in a club! Will you and Richard be there?

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    1. Thanks, Meike! I know you like to walk with us!
      Yay! We are excited at the thought of C. performing. And yes, Richard and I plan to be there!! I will let you know how it goes!!

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  2. This is so wonderful! I just love wildflowers. How exciting about Christopher!

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    1. Thanks, Kay! And it IS exciting about our son. He is very talented, if I do say so myself! Cant' wait to see him, I will do a post about it for sure! Hope you are having a great 4th of July in Hawaii!!

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  3. Marvelous photos and how lovely that Christopher will be performing.
    Denise
    An English Girl Rambles

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    1. Thank you! YOU have FANTASTIC photos of wildflowers on your blog!
      We are so pleased that our son will be performing! Look out for a post about it within a couple of weeks!

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  4. Beautiful pictures in your post as always. I have never had the opportunity to see some of those flowers before. Good luck to your son on his performance.

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    1. Thanks! And I will pass on your well wishes to our son!

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  5. It's very exciting, and so are your visits to the mountains, but in a different way.

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    1. I really love those mountains, I guess you can tell.
      Of course, I love our son too, even though you might not hear me say that much about him!!

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    2. Thanks, Mimi. You totally understand me!

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  6. great post. the pink flowers are milkwort

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    1. Milkwort, YES, thank you for telling me. The botanical name is Polygala curtissi, that was the name I was trying to remember!! Sometimes, I cannot for the life of me remember a wildflower's name but for some reason, can remember a portion of the botanical name. Odd, isn't it?
      See you at Arabia Mountain!!

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  7. Good luck to your son! Your mountains are just beautiful and I have no idea what those flowers are...oh-I see the person above me know- milkwort- beautiful! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana! And you know Robby is the PARK RANGER at Arabia Mountain, so he knows the mountain and the flowers!!

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  8. I wish I could sit there too, it is so beautiful. I have just been out admiring our local wildflowers, and realising I can only name a handful of them. I need to get a British wildflower book to take with me on our walks.

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    1. Oh, I just looked at that post and the POPPIES just blow me away!!! So happy you are blogging again, Tracey, I can't tell you how much!!
      You know, even if you don't have a book, you can look it up on the internet when you get back home or do like me, put the photo on your blog and ask for help! You see, it has worked for me! :-)

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  9. I love Arabia Mountain and I can see why you love it too. Lovely photos!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love that someone in Hawaii is loving Arabia Mountain too! xx

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  10. Very well done! I look forward to what you will have to present about your son's performance.

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    1. Thanks, Jerry! I can't wait to see C. at that club and do a post about it!

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  11. Great pics again, but the one you took is best.

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    1. Thanks! You have such great taste!

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  12. So beautiful, Kay! So many different kinds of beauty! I don't think I have ever seen that poly something flower, but hope you'll remember the name! I wish Richard great good luck on his performance.

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    1. Robby left me a comment above and told me milkwort is the common name. (Polygala curtissi was what I was TRYING to remember!)
      It is our son, Christopher, who will be performing, but guess what, RICHARD is a great singer and songwriter and guitarist too, so I am thankful for your comment, it might give Richard the little push he needs!! :-)

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  13. What lovely photos, Kay ~ I can't wait to see those yellow daisies!!!

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    1. Thanks, Audrey!! You know I love those Yellowo Daisies so very much.

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  14. Such fun pics of your beloved mountain! I think it's great to have a fun spot to visit and enjoy Mother Nature. I hope you have a great 4th of July today and congrats to Christopher and good luck! I'm sure it will be a great performance!

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    1. Happy 4th to you too! And thanks for the well wishes for C. I can't wait to see him and tell you all about it!!

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    1. Thanks, Sandie!
      When the Yellow Daisies bloom in September, you MUST come to either Stone Mountain or ARabia Mountain and see them.
      PROMIESE me that you will, they are incredible!!!

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  16. Beautiful pictures and post! You make me want to visit this place:-)
    Great to be out in Gods great nature!

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    1. Thank you so much! You would love it, it is really just walking up a mountain, not climbing it, but it is joy, nonetheless!!

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  17. Love the photo of your son in silhouette.

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    1. Thanks so much, Terry! You know how much Richard and I love Arabia Mountain, our son loves it too.

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  18. I'll get to the Outcrop Trail eventually... I'm rather OCD about finishing all the trails in one spot before I go to another, and I've just finished the ones created by the old Southerness golf course now Archery course...etc... (see my newest blog), and I'm sure I'll get to the ones on 155 after I travel the main trail to the spot where the three River Trails converge (MLK/Panola/Alexander Lake)

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  19. oops, meant (Arabian Mtn/Panola/Alexander Lake)(wrong High School)

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  20. The outcrop trail has the most beautiful wildflowers and magnificent trees!! If you must do the trails in order, you must do so, but don't get caught up in lists or doing things in order that you miss out on the beauty!!
    We love the trees and the wildflowers along the outcrop trail at Panola and we LOVE Alexander Lake, Richard had taken some fantastic photos there, if you look back at my blog.
    Hope to see you walking on one of "our" trails!

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  21. Arabia Mountain .... you know her so well and she is constantly affirming good things for you, like a friend. (Do you think of her as a "she"? I do from what you write. She seems so companionable somehow!)

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    1. How very astute of you! I think of Stone Mountain and Panola Mountain as masculine but Arabia Mountain is most certainly feminine. Why is that so? If I could tell you, I would be a better writer!

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