The wildflowers on Arabia Mountain are at their peak just now. My husband, Richard, loves to take photos of them and he allows me to share them here with you. Enjoy.
The bright red Diamorpha is a joy to behold but incredibly the plant blooms with a tiny white cross-like flower in the Spring. Gorgeous!
JOY! Before I knew what these were called, I used to call these "joyflowers" because they gave me such joy! They are called SANDWORT. ("Wort" is an Old English word which means "root", something I learned in my reading...I am not a botanist or a linguist!)
Can you see the white blooms on the Diamorpha, the yellow of the Hairy Groundsel and the spring greens of the trees? Beauty in lots of colors!
What a delightful name for a flower! These are Sunnybells!
My husband and I truly love walking at Arabia Mountain. The view on the horizon, the clouds, the wildflowers, the pools of water, the trees...even the rock itself is a different color depending on how the sunlight falls upon it. I just met a woman on a walk at Panola Mountain and when I asked her if she was familiar with Arabia, she told me that she had "trained" by running up the mountain. I suggested that she might want to go back and LOOK at what she must have missed! There are lots of paved trails but Arabia Mountain itself...I am sorry, but I think this is something special and should be treated as such.
Even though Arabia Mountain was heavily quarried for many years, the wonder of Nature is taking it back but only for those who have the eyes to see it!
|Toadflax - Very hard to photograph, the color is a gorgeous shade of lavender!|
It is as if these flowers are blooming on solid rock, but of course, it is just a very small amount of soil that has collected on the rock that supports this plant, the magnificent Diamorpha. (Elf orpine it is called but since it is Diamorpha smalli, we have always called it Diamorpha!)
Hope you liked this hike with us at Arabia Mountain. All of these photos were taken late afternoon on April 11th. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
(I have so many posts that I have in mind for you, but as always, very little time to compose my thoughts!)