Arabia Mountain Yellow Daisies

Davidson-Arabia Mountain is a small version of Stone Mountain - a huge granite monolith that is actually much older than it's well known sibling.  The rock outcroppings and pools of water on top make fantastic photo compositions.  During late September, the mountain erupts with the bloom of millions of yellow daisies covering the area.

The mountain itself is part of the 2,550 acre DeKalb County park called the Davidson – Arabia Nature Preserve. The Preserve also includes other large formations of exposed granite, wetlands, pine and oak forests, multiple streams, and two lakes.The rare, native plant species, such as the signature red diamorpha in the winter and fall’s yellow daisies, make it seem as thought the rock is in constant metamorphosis.

While the Preserve is considered an exceptional ecological wonder the area is also very much influenced by the hand of man.The evidence of quarrying activities are apparent in the industrial debris left on the mountain and of the abandoned structures once used by workers for storage, offices and shelter.  The ruins of quarry buildings are found interspersed throughout the park and metal spikes that were used to split the granite are still embedded in the rock.

This event is open to photographers of all levels.  The park provides wonderful opportunities for landscape and macro photography.  There are opportunities for wildlife, but in September the main subject is the drifts of yellow daisies.  Bring your camera and the lens(es) of your choice.  Tripods are suggested but not required.

The meetup will involve hiking approximately 1 1/2 miles over an easy granite surface.  The walk to the top of the granite outcrop involves an easy climb of 300 feet.  This is an exposed granite outcrop with few trees so be prepared with water and protection from the sun.  Appropriate hiking shoes are required.  Knee pads are recommended (available at military surplus stores).

 

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  • Horace H.

    Gordon, Wednesday meet-up is our regular monthly meeting. No sign-up required. It is at 7:00 pm at St Edwards Episcopal Church at 737 Moon Rd in Lawrenceville. Everyone is requested to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the church's food pantry program. Otherwise, there is no cost. Hope to see you there.
    Horace Hamilton, Chairman

    September 23, 2013

  • Gordon W.

    I am looking forward to meeting and sharing information. Is it too late to sign up for Wednesday’s meet up?

    September 23, 2013

    • Eric B.

      No problem - we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

      September 23, 2013

  • Devante F.

    I see that everyone looked so experience. I felt like a complete amateur in a circle of pros. Is there anyone in the area who is willing to " show me the ropes?"

    September 17, 2012

    • Brian K

      I'm still in the beginning stages myself. I'm always going out and shooting, you're welcome to join anytime.

      September 17, 2012

    • Alice H.

      I am an amateur too, but willing to share the little I know.

      1 · September 18, 2012

  • Devante F.

    Thanks for the help on shots and allowing me into the group.I wish I could have Pwned more but there will be other times.

    1 · September 15, 2012

    • Devante F.

      * Learned more

      September 17, 2012

    • Eric B.

      Devante - the purpose of the group is to have fun and learn from each other. You might consider attending the GNPA meetings on the third Thursday of each month (see GNPA.org for details). We have folks at all levels - and everyone is willing to share their experience and help. I hope you'll join future events.

      September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to get out and go explore a new place -- little far from Northeast Atlanta though. Fun to meet some folks from the group and exchange ideas.

    September 16, 2012

  • Alice H.

    Beautiful though I understand the drought this summer impacted the number of daisies blooming.

    September 15, 2012

  • Bill W.

    Good place to shoot.

    September 15, 2012

  • Diana M.

    Lots of interesting things to take pictures of. Many thanks to Don and Eric for organizing the event.

    September 15, 2012

  • Brian K

    I know there would be more Daisies if we werent in a drought but what was there did make for some good shots!

    September 15, 2012

  • Leslie W.

    I am not a professional photographer by any means, and I want to make sure that I am entering the right group. I am a psychologist that enjoys the beauty of photography as a stress reliever. I would love to pick up a few more skills along the way, but I do not want to join a group of fast paced professionals. Sorry so many questions, I just want to make sure beforehand.

    September 14, 2012

    • Chris C.

      Leslie, I think you will find that most of us are not professional photographers but have just enjoyed photograhpy and want to improve in that area. Most everyone is glad to share whatever knowledge they have so you can learn as much or as little as you would like. The events are not a strict guide that you have to follow either - if you feel like being alone you are more than welcome to meet people and then go off to find your solitude and your own compositions or you can stick with the crowd and listen and participate at your own free will.

      September 14, 2012

    • Eric B.

      No problem, Leslie - the purpose of this event is to have fun, take a few pictures, and learn from each other. It sounds like you are in the right group. We will have photographers of all levels.

      September 14, 2012

  • Merle L.

    Gracias! - or, to friends, Much Grass and Mercy Buckets!

    April 20, 2012

  • Eric B.

    Merle - We were all new to photography at one point. We will be glad to help. That's one of the major goals of GNPA and this group.

    April 20, 2012

  • Merle L.

    I'm looking forward to the opportunity -- and hope that I can get advice because I'm a real newby to digitial photography.

    April 20, 2012

  • Eric B.

    It's a very good location if the weather cooperates. Three years ago we had plenty of rain and there will millions of blooms. Two years ago we had a mild drought and the blooms were 50% fewer. Last year we had a severe drought and 98% of the plants were brown with no blooms - it looked like winter. Even in winter there are great photo ops, but the fall daisies are spectacular when the timing and weather works out.

    April 20, 2012

  • Bob M.

    Just saw a piece on Georgia traveler, PBS, that featured this park and it really looks interesting. Should be a lot of opportunity for some great photo's.

    1 · April 20, 2012

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