Macro, abstract and landscape photography at Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain is an open landscape of breathtaking beauty, peace, and wonder. Dominated by two massive granite outcrops, it offers visitors natural wonders, compelling history and heart-pumping activity. Also includes wetlands, pine and oak forests, multiple streams, and two lakes. The rare, native plant species, the red diamorpha in the winter and fall’s yellow daisies, make it seem as though the rock is in constant metamorphosis. 

At this time of year, the big opportunity is photographing the signature red “Diamorpha smallii” in bloom as well as landscape, macro/close up and nature abstracts. Macro and close ups will be our primary subjects. Expect to see some nice landscape opportunities featuring pools of water and reflections. These work well with a wide range of focal lengths from[masked]mm focal lengths (full frame equivalent). A tripod and a cable release will be useful.

This rare, native plant species, the red Diamorpha smallii (also known as Elf Orpine or Small's Stonecrop) typically red in color, an endemic of the southeastern US. It blooms in late March then dies. It has red succulent leaves that act to reflect light and hold water. Found primarily on solution pools, shallow basins on rocky outcrops that contain seasonal pools. The plant is mainly found in Georgia, though also been noted in AL, SC, NC, TN and VA.

Our trip will involve a 1/2 mile hike to the summit of Arabia Mountain with an increase in elevation of 250 feet.  Bring water and wear suitable clothing and sunscreen.  Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes appropriate for walking on the hard granite surface.  Bring a macro or close up lens.  A tripod is highly recommended.  Other useful gear includes a cable release, diffuser, and possibly extension tubes.  Knee pads may be useful and can be found at Home Depot and Army surplus stores for under $20. 

This event will be held rain or shine.  A heavy fog or light rain makes great photos.

Note:  We will meet at the South Parking area near AWARE.  We will not meet at the park offices.  To reach the south parking area, continue south on Klondike past the park office for another mile.  You will see the granite rock and a boardwalk on the left side of the road.  The parking area is immediately after the end of the boardwalk.  The parking area has no signage until you arrive - so drive carefully.

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  • Steve

    Hey, 2 or 3 hours will be enough. I am shooting for 7:30am.

    April 7, 2014

  • Gerald V.

    I enjoy Arabia biology. Thanks, Eric and Steward. Thanks to the other club members for a good time.

    April 7, 2014

  • Stewart A. W.

    I'm there. See you in the morning, bright and early. I can only be there for about 2-3 hours. Other commitments in the afternoon.

    April 7, 2014

  • Steve

    Looks like everything is falling into place (including the rain). Right now, I will be going back to Arabia Mountain on Tuesday (tomorrow)…will reach the south parking lot about 7:30-7:45am.

    April 7, 2014

  • Steve

    I am all for this Tuesday morning (4/8) at Arabia Mountain…that's if well get some decent rain on Monday. If not, I won't be going.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Stewart A. W.

    I want to thank Eric as everyone else has. He took the time from his busy schedule to provide excellent advice and instruction to our group. We had most of the parking lot to our group. Only thing that would have made it better was rain on Friday. Still the you could see how the Diamorpha would have popped with more moisture. Maybe Tuesday morning will be a return trip for me and anyone else willing to get there early in the morning. Thanks again Eric everyone from Northeast Atlanta GNPA appreciates your presence.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Barbara L. J.

    Thank you Eric. Had a great time, was a glorious day for photos and learned a lot.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Lynda P.

    Had a great time and learned a lot. Thanks Eric

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Steve

    Great time at Arabia Mountain!! Will be definitely going back. Maybe even next Tuesday….if we get the good rain we are expected to get on Monday!!! Arabia Mountain is most definitely a photographic experience. Thanks Eric for putting together this Meet Up group.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Bennie B.

    Excellent field trip. I got some nice images, and, with Eric's help, looked at some things differently.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • PS P.

    GREAT first time out with you guys. So far it looks like I have a nice collection from this morning's stroll on the mountain.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Bill W.

    Great time.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Cay

    Wonderful way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning. Thanks to Eric for all the photography pointers. Looking forward to the next meetup.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Suri M.

    sorry, I am not feeling well.

    April 4, 2014

  • Ed Z.

    I have to cancel out. My brother and his wife will b coming this weekend on there way back from FL. They were scheduled to come next weekend. It sounded like a good outing and good timing for this!

    April 4, 2014

  • Chris C.

    I hate to say it but I won't be able to attend either. I hope you all have an incredible time - I want to see pictures! :c)

    April 3, 2014

  • Kathy V.

    Sorry to change my RSVP so late, allergies have me way under the beautiful weather…I was so looking forward to some macro work and meeting everyone.

    April 3, 2014

    • Eric B.

      Sorry to miss you. hopefully you'll be able to join us for another meetup in the future.

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Eric B.

    I was out to Arabia Mountain today for a scouting trip. It looks like our timing is perfect, and some rain would be just what we need for great colors.

    April 3, 2014

  • Richard

    If I get up in time I may just park at the center and walk to the mountain. Nothing like am early morning walk!

    April 3, 2014

  • Eric B.

    Last Minute Details - Arrive by 7:45 if possible.

    There is an Atlanta Audubon outing scheduled for Arabia Mountain at 8:15 on Saturday morning so parking will be tight. We'll try to get started and out of the way. Please try to car pool to the extent possible.

    April 2, 2014

  • Eric B.

    Everything looks very good for our meetup on Saturday. Rain is expected on Friday - and that's perfect for the best photos on Saturday. Plan to be ready for wet conditions - Gortex boots or something similar will help keep your feet dry. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

    Just a reminder - we are meeting at the South entrance to Arabia Mountain - next to AWARE. The parking lot is small and hard to see. Watch the boardwalk on the left side of the road. The parking area is just after the end of the boardwalk.

    April 2, 2014

  • Wade S.

    Eric - I had a change in work travel dates so I can no longer attend. I revised my RSVP. I'll have to get over there on my own soon. Hope you get great weather!

    March 26, 2014

    • Eric B.

      Wade - thanks for the update. Sorry you won't make it. It looks like the weather is perfect for good blooms and lots of water.

      March 28, 2014

  • Janice M.

    Hi everyone. I have a friend that would also like to come but it says no spaces available. Can you let me know if it's ok or not.

    March 22, 2014

    • Eric B.

      Janice - you can bring a guest if you wish. Just adjust your signup to indicate you are bringing a guest.

      March 22, 2014

    • Janice M.

      Thank You Eric. I will have to change my RSVP for this time. Something came up, But can't wait to meet you all on upcoming outings. You guys have fun and be safe!

      March 22, 2014

  • Eric B.

    Hi everyone - it looks like we are full for the Meetup at Arabia Mountain. If you are not going to make it, be sure to change your RSVP so someone else can attend.

    March 22, 2014

  • Steve

    Excellent news, Eric. Yeah, I know what you mean about knee-protection. Go without one time when you needed it…and you'll you'll never forget….believe me I know.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Eric B.

    Hi everyone. I was out to Arabia Mountain today for a scouting trip. It looks like our timing is perfect for great blooms on the diamorpha smallii. Everything is a little later than last year due to the cooler weather. Other plants are beginning to bloom. Today I was using a 105mm macro lens and a 35mm f/1.4 lens for both landscapes and closeup shots. Two lens and a tripod made for a nice light kit. I wish I had brought my knee pads though.

    March 18, 2014

  • Mikki Root D.

    Sorry to have to renege on the meetup. I have to hang an exhibition at St Edward's Gallery that morning and have a reception that afternoon. I'll try to get out there soon to shoot the flowers.

    March 18, 2014

  • Mikki Root D.

    Got to double check the calendar but have been dying to get back out there in spring. Used to paint there some years ago!

    March 17, 2014

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