Beautiful hike up Panola Mountain today...it was a scheduled Butterfly Hike but as it was a very cool rainy day we did not see one butterfly! No matter, I always want to hike the mountain and I was hoping to see the lilies that bloom there only in the Spring.
The lake at the base of Panola Mountain is a very nice sight at any time of the year, but with all the Spring greens and the dogwood trees that are still blooming, it was truly stunning.
Once again, it was a nice group of people and Phil was our guide, the same guide that took us on the wildflower hike! Thanks, Phil! I will remember to bring a pad and pen on our next hike to take notes so I can remember more of the birds and plants that you tell us about!
The moss was emerald in the rain and the diamorpha was beautiful with their white blooming flowers. Remember that Panola Mountain has restricted access so you can see how it grows when it is not trampled upon by large groups of people!
We were lucky that we only had a light drizzle. You can see how overcast it was!
This is called a Fringe Tree and the blossoms are very showy!
Panola Mountain is covered with such a diversity of plants that it is a stunning sight.
I was very happy to see these lilies! They are atamasco lilies and they are lovely.
(This is the last verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, written by Julia Ward Howe.)
Even though we didn't see any butterflies today, this is Georgia and it will be sunny and hot very soon and there will be lots of butterflies to enjoy. For today, the cool mist and fresh air was wonderful! Happy Easter to everyone!