Monday, April 13, 2015

Blooms At Arabia Mountain/ American Tune


The diamorpha is in full bloom just now on Arabia Mountain, Stone Mountain and Panola Mountain.
The photo above was taken on April 11th  on Arabia Mountain.    We rushed over there to see these gorgeous flowers after Richard got off from work on Saturday. So glad that we did!

There are still some spots where the diamorpha has been somewhat shaded and has not bloomed yet, but for the most part, I would say that it is at its peak right now. If you are anywhere near this area, do not miss the blooms on our local mountains (monadnocks)!


The red plant is a beauty and then...it blooms with these star-like flowers and it is breathtaking next to the grey rock.
Recently, I heard a woman on a cell phone say, "And they grow straight out of the rock!".  Of course, it looks that way, but they are in just a very small amount of sandy soil... they are amazing!
Want to read more about diamorpha smalli or "elf orpine"....you may do so just here.  And the diamorpha isn't the ONLY flower blooming!  I will have to tell you about the other flowers in a future post!


The song "American Tune" by Paul Simon...I liked it in the 70's and I still do. 

30 comments:

  1. So pretty! The flowers, not Paul Simon.

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  2. It is really sad that you cannot obtain a bit of the land on the mountain so you can enjoy it full time.

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    1. Would love to live right on the mountain if I could! We are only minutes away though so I count myself lucky.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PExJO7bMhD0

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  3. On that one, smaller picture in the middle of your post, with the green patch and the patch of diamorpha near it, the diamorpha patch looks like a heart lying on its side! I am sure you've spotted it yourself :-)
    So glad you could be there even though it was a working Saturday for Richard. With daylight hours being so much longer now, it's certainly worth going even when you can't start early.

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    1. Yes, I noticed that it looked like a heart too! Of course, I see either hearts or faces in anything, as you know! :-)
      Richard was very tired from a long day but he was glad we decided to go, all those flowers in that bright late afternoon sun, it was rejuvenating!

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  4. An amazing carpet of flowers!
    I also love this song, even more with Willie Nelson, I think he does it brilliantly.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you! I just listened to Willie Nelson singing it. He sang it with such meaning, it made me cry. xx

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  5. Hi Kay

    Beautiful blooms and a wonderfully evocative tune that I remember from my days in the 6th form ( Rick may have to explain that: he probably recollects it from that time).

    And very best wishes for tomorrow.

    Henry

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    1. Hey Henry!
      Thank you for your well wishes for my birthday!
      I will ask Richard about your days from the 6th form and see if he remembers the song! You are more the expert on American music, I think!

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  6. The photos are beautiful! What an amazing place. Spending time outdoors surrounded by nature is always the best.

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    1. Thanks, Martha! Time spent on these local monadnocks are very special to us! xx

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  7. Glad you got out there to see the blooms. Thanks to you I get to see them too! Isn't Spring just wonderful !

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    1. Spring is always welcome to me! xx

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  8. Those monadnocks are beautiful in all seasons, and especially when robed with flowers!

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    1. I always look for something blooming on the mountain but even in the winter, it has its own special beauty. xx

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  9. They are beautiful and it is amazing that they grow in such harsh conditions. What an incredible sight!!! xx

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    1. You are absolutely correct about the harsh conditions. The temperature on the rock makes it much harder for plant life to survive. These are truly amazing plants on these mountains! xx

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  10. Nice display of flowers. Not heard that Paul Simon song before.

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    1. Thank you, Bob! And I am happy that you have now heard this song!
      I first heard it from Paul Simon in the 70's but the tune is really Bach or did Bach get it from Hans Leo Hassler?) Never mind, I LOVE it!
      You have inspired me to write a bit more about it!

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  11. Beautiful photos of a beautiful place - as always.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, John! Thanks for remembering my day! xx

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  12. I love the hymn, but never heard the song before, though I love S&G ! Paul Simon is an enigma to me. Just as he gets close to acknowledging the Lord, He backs off as if he just can't reconcile the good in the world with the horrendous sadness and suffering. But then who can -- except Paul (the Apostle) "so then God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself."

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    1. I love songwriters. They come as close to the truth of life as anyone I can think of.
      Thanks, Chris, for your comment!

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  13. What a wonderful flower! breath-taking.
    Another tune that takes me back, this time to the mid 70's while at university. I memorized this whole album, Kodachrome, by Paul Simon.
    Thanks Kay.

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    1. You would love to see the wildflowers on our local monadnocks! They are all amazing!
      I also memorized all the songs on Kodachrome! I had it as an 8 track tape and listened to it in my sister's car! Man, I am old! :-)

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  14. I don't recall ever hearing that Paul Simon song before, but now that I've heard it, I love it. The flowers really are gorgeous and they do look like they're growing right out of the rock.

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