Friday, June 19, 2015

Chasing Flowers At Arabia Mountain!



 
 
When we have rain here, we get ourselves to Arabia Mountain as soon as we can.  The water in the pools is crystal clear and the cascading water is lovely to see and hear.  As soon as the water is on the resurrection moss, it turns an emerald green.
 
 
We were very lucky today as we met up with Ranger Robby on one of his hikes up the mountain.  Did Robby really dunk his head into the clear cool water to cool himself down?  Take a look at the great photos that Richard took of him!
 
 
 


HA!  Don't you just love these photos!  Look at that one above, with Robby's hair standing straight up!  Great job, Richard! And way to cool down, Robby! (Please note, no water was ingested in this photo...the water is clear but still really not safe to drink.)
 
The dayflowers were beginning to bloom. 
 
 
The dayflowers will bloom all through the summer...the photo above is from August from a few years ago, just to show you how lovely they are!
 
 
See the close up of the day flower?  There are two petals at the top and one small petal, whitish colored at the bottom. 

The spiderwort is also very beautiful on the mountain, and it is almost past blooming now, but we saw some of these blooming right beside the dayflowers on the mountain today. (Almost everyone calls this spiderwort but we like to call it tradescantia, the botanical name just because we like it.)
 
 
Ranger Robby, I hope you like these photos! I told you that you would see them on a post!  And thanks for telling me that the wild plums that my Dad is using to make jelly this week is called Chickasaw plums.  I love learning new things about flowers and fruit! 
 
Ranger Robby told me today that he considers himself a "Flower Chaser" and I think that he and I have a lot in common.
Hope you enjoy chasing flowers with us!
 
PLEASE NOTE:  All wildflowers are protected and one must not pick them. Robby and I will be watching!  And you know Richard will have his camera trained upon you!
 
 
 

 

35 comments:

  1. Great post, Kay - the best way to start my Saturday morning, having a mug of coffee while reading this and looking at the pics!
    Ranger Robby sounds and looks like he is a great guy, fun to be with, but serious about what is close to his heart - the (relative) intactness of Arabia Mountain, its flora and fauna.
    Glad you were able to go there right after the rain! Did Richard take any pictures of you holding your head into one of the pools? ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Meike, I am happy you enjoy our mountain too!
      And yes, Robby IS a great guy, I want to adopt him myself! Look out for more about him in another post!
      And no...you will not see me sticking my head into any pool of water. You know I must have proper hair products and make up to look my best, that dousing would not be for me! :-)

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  2. Fun shot of Ranger Robby after his cooling off and I wondered why the water is unsafe for drinking and what if people try it. Good point about not picking the wildflowers as too often people do not pay attention.

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    1. I should think that the water is unsafe because of the bacteria. I always want to make sure that folks understand me. When I say I chase wildflowers, I only search for them and have my hubby photograph them, but that is the only way that we capture them!

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  3. I had to go back and look at the photo of his wet hair, he did look cool. These 100 degree temps here in Georgia are getting to me!

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    1. I know, it is so hot. I think we might be in for a long summer!

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  4. Chasing wildflowers is such a delightful hobby, and the camera is the best way to capture them! A Ranger Robby hike must be a lot of fun!

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    1. Yes! Ranger Robby is very much into nature so you know that he is my kind of guy!

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    1. Yes, very cool in more ways than one!

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  6. Ranger Robby is the tour guide i want!

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    1. I hope he sees this post. This will tickle him, I am sure!

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  7. The picture of Ranger Robby reminds me of a photo I have from family holidays in the English Lake District when our 'Uncle' drank from one of the mountain streams and had to do a sort of press-up to achieve it. I, too, love seeing the flowers.

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    1. Yes, I see what you mean, Ranger Robby is having to use his strong arms there...another reason for me not to do this, I would be straight into that pool on top of my head!
      You can join our "Flower Chasing" Club, Graham! Sounds like my kind of club.

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  8. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the glory that nature provided. A good day.

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  9. It is amazing what a difference some rain can make isn't it!! xx

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    1. And the rain collects into the pools on the rock and they are crystal clear. Our lakes here are red dirt muddy!

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  10. Lovely photos of the mountain as always and I loved the photos of Robby! x

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I will tell Richard you said so. I was very pleased at how he captured Ranger Robby cooling off in the waterfall pool.

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  11. new follower here. :)

    What a lovely day...and great photos! Thanks for sharing!

    I blog at: https://mysunnynook.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hello Gwen!
      Thank you very much for becoming a new follower! It makes me very happy!
      Over to see your blog now! Once again, happy to see you!

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  12. Looks lovely and refreshing. Nothing beats a waterfall in hot weather. I used to stick my head in rivers to cool off as well but its getting harder to get back up on my feet again these days :o(

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    1. Ha! I am with you on getting back up on the feet again! I wish I didn't know what you meant, but I do!!! :-)

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  13. The water may not be completely safe to drink but I bet Robby's hair and skin felt like silk after that dunking! And I bet he felt very refreshed, too. :)

    Another lovely array of photos of what appears to have been a wonderful outing.

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    1. It was a wonderful outing...hot, but nice!

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  14. Robby has the right idea regarding staying cool--I could do that, without the wet hair flip of course. Haha.

    Lovely flower shots as always, Kay G.!

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    1. Ha, ha on the wet hair flip!
      And glad you liked the flowers, we are always very happy to observe them, but most folks just ignore them.

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  15. Beautiful flowers and a wonderful place to visit and hike! I love the water shot of Ranger Robby...great catch of a fun moment in life....although he does remind me of our old dog when he would jump into the pond at my in-laws farm..same happy expression!

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    1. Ha! You know I think that Robby loves dogs so I am sure he won't mind being compared to a dog! xx

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  16. Haha, what great photos!!!! And you know I love those wildflowers!!!! Ranger Robby must love those photos of him.....so fun. Hope you're well, Kay!!! XOXO

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    1. Hey Audrey!
      So happy to see your comment here! I hope YOU are doing well and having a great summer with your girls! xx

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  17. What glorious photos. That is such an exuberant photo of Robby. The waters in our Hawaiian streams are also not safe to drink.

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