Anyone who reads this blog knows how much my husband and I love Arabia Mountain. We just went back this week and hoped we would still see something blooming, something that would surprise us with its beauty. We were not disappointed.
There were very large bushes at the base of the mountain that were blooming with tiny white bell-shaped flowers, and we saw them all along the mountain and even at the very top. They have the most wonderful name, it is a Sparkleberry. (Vaccinium Arboreum). They are in the blueberry family and will actually have fruits this summer but apparently, they are not very tasty to humans but the birds like them very much indeed!
The other flowering plant that we saw was the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia Humiflora) and they had the most beautiful yellow flowers. Since I remember every spot that I saw the cactus, it was easy to go to those places on the mountain and admire yet another yellow flower! (The yellow daisies in the autumn, the yellow jasmine in the early spring and now the yellow cactus flowers !)
Just as the sun was going down and we were walking back down the mountain, a mockingbird landed on this dead tree and began to sing its heart out. In the distance, I could hear a bird, an Eastern towhee and it was saying "Rich-ard, rich-ard"... that is what it sounds like to me anyway.