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.