Monday, August 26, 2013

Arabia Mountain-August 24, 2013












 





 
 






 Arabia Mountain in August.  I spoke with a man who has lived next to this mountain for twenty years and he said he has never seen so many wildflowers and so much greenery as he has seen this year!
  See those star-shaped leaves above the moss in that last photo? Those will be blooming soon, that will be the Yellow Daisies! (Really no need to capitalize them but when you see them you will know why I do!)
The little yellow flowers are called pineweed and I LOVE them.  The spiky purple flowers are called blazing star (liatris) and it is a gorgeous shade of purple (you should like it, Mimi!)  That butterfly was the fastest moving thing I have ever seen, Richard was lucky to get that shot of it!  Hope you all enjoyed another walk over Arabia Mountain with us! The header photo that I have right now was taken on the same day, and I am looking toward Panola Mountain.

After we walked here, we then headed over to Panola Mountain...


that will be another post!
 (Richard took all these photos, except for the 3rd one, the closeup of the pineweed, I took that one!)

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  1. Arabia is good in any year so I'm glad to hear it's extra special this year!!! Beautiful wildflowers! Look forward to your Panola photos!!!

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    1. Last summer, we don't remember seeing anything blooming, but this year we have seen wildflowers all summer long!
      Not as many wildflowers at Panola but lots of trees and a pretty lake!

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  3. These wildflowers certainly add charm to the gorgeous Arabian Mountain! I especially enjoyed observing the unique surfaces and textures that are varied in all the photos.

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    1. The rock that makes up Arabia Mountain is gorgeous! It is 400 million years old!! I dearly love all the uniqueness of it all, every square inch of it!

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  4. Enjoyed your post; Thanks for giving us hiking advice this weekend!

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    1. You will love it. See you there!

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    2. Oh, I read this comment as if you were planning to hike it this weekend, but perhaps you are the nice couple that I spoke to LAST weekend? If so, then you are very welcome and my reply to you still stands, you will come to love it as much as we do and I hope to see you there! :-)

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  5. How beautiful. The most flowers in 20 years? I wonder if there was more rain there this year than usual. xo Diana

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    1. You are so right, I have read they believe this is the most rain ever recorded in the Atlanta area. My Dad is 86 and he says he has never seen a summer like it! xx

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  6. What better way to start my morning than with a virtual walk on Arabia Mountain?

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    1. You are so fit, you could RUN on the trails across the road from Arabia. Go ahead, Meike, Richard and I will wait in the car for you! ;-)

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  7. I LOVE wildflowers and the ones you've shared here are gorgeous! You're so lucky to live near the Arabia mountain.

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    1. Thanks, Kay! And you're right, we are lucky!!

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  8. Lovely photos and the butterfly one was a great capture, Richard. You were asking about people's favourites of your photos - how about that current header - it's so perfectly typical of you and your blog. That photo shows that even without flowers in bloom and a blue sky for reflections the mountain is so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, John! I cannot describe my astonishment that Richard got that photo of the butterfly, it was flying so quickly and only landed for a FRACTION of a second!
      You're right the mountain is ALWAYS beautiful- all year long!

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  9. Arabia Mountain looks just lovely but my heart remains with Stone Mountain.

    I will email you later today. Off to walk the dog now!x

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    1. Ah, we hope to get to Stone Mountain soon, Arabia's younger sister!
      Pat your lovely dog's head for me, would you? There, and then, walk on your beach and wave at me across the water!

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  10. There's that woman again Richard!

    Lovely walk up that hill!

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    1. Oh yes, she's always messing things up!
      It is lovely.

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  11. Enjoyed the walk. Can't help wondering at the mountain's name. I guess I should go look it up.

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    1. Good, glad to have you with us!
      There's not much info about the history of Arabia Mountain but from the little that I have found about it, it is guessed that some of the men who quarried the mountain in the 20th century, some of the witty men from Scotland, it is believed, started calling it "Arabia Mountain" since it was so hot, as hot as ARABIA, as in Saudi Arabia!
      The rock can make it 10 or 15 degrees hotter than the actual temperature!

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  12. Catching the rhythm of a place is a nice way to get away from one's self and be more open to others and to God. There are littler places, like one's garden. But I do like having bigger places (for me it is a waterfall and the adjoining canyon).

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    1. "Catching the rhythm of a place", what a nice phrase, I really like that, and I agree with this so much, my backyard oasis with the birds and these monadnocks, they do that for me, make me somehow more alive, and more open.
      Thanks for your comment!

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  13. Well done getting the shot of the butterfly. It is an amazing creature, looks almost as if it is made of leather! lol

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    1. I love the butterfly and the color of the rock it is resting upon too! Richard had to do a close up on the camera to get this, I promise it is a real butterfly! :-)

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  14. Your posts bring much needed smiles, thank you. These pictures are restful to see.

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    1. Restful, yes but my photos don't show me at the brisk pace that I like to walk! :-)

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  15. You must have had more rain this year? I know we have, but we don't have this lovely mountain to hike and I'm glad you share all it's beauty with us! Great butterfly shot Richard..wow! I like the header pic! Have a great week!

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    1. Oh yes, we have had more rain this summer than ever recorded, which means more wildflowers than ever!
      Hope you are having a great August, it is almost September, can you believe it?

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  16. Beautiful photos, Kay! Isn't wonderful having a place to walk around and take in all that Mother Nature has to offer?

    I love your blog header. What a fantastic shot.

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    1. Thanks, Martha! I cannot tell you how special these monadnocks truly are. It's like being in another world.

      Oh, and those clouds that you see in that header photo? Almost all of them cleared up just after and it was a gorgeous day, the whole weekend...cooler than usual which was nice!! Hope you are doing well these days, my friend!

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  17. You are both Lucky and Wise to enjoy your mountains. I have Latris in my garden this year--so exciting!

    So fun to see richard's photos but I have a suggestion based on my own surprising experience: once you start pointing and shooting yourself, you will be gleefully hooked!

    Thanks as always Kay
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    1. I sometimes take the camera and take photos. When I am looking at them later, I only pick the best ones for my blog and the best ones are always by Richard! I take better photos of people but people don't like their photos on my blog, it'a a cruel irony.
      Thanks for your comment!

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  18. My travel agent told me to travel in the spring because there are flowers everywhere. However, I think August is when the flowers are most numerous.

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    1. We usually have many more flowers in the Spring than we do in the late summer, but this year, with all our rain, we had lots to enjoy even in August!
      I worked as a travel agent for about 18 years. It seemed as if nobody ever listened to me! :-)

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  19. Thanks for sharing.
    Beautiful landscape..

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment! It's a gorgeous spot, we love it!

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