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).