You may see this image and think it is from some mountainous area, full of large peaks, steep terrain, and lofty views. But it isn't. This is actually part of the Altamaha Grit, a band of sandstone that spans approximately 15,000 square miles of the Atlantic Coastal Plain region of the US. This photo was taken at Broxton Rocks Nature Preserve, the single largest exposure of this geological feature. The rugged rocky outcrops stand out as a stark contrast from the surrounding gentle longleaf pine, Pinus palustris savanna habitat prominently, though they are somewhat hidden. As you walk through the woods towards this location, there are no clues or hints that this vast expanse of outcrop is there until you walk right out onto it. Rocky Creek, a tributary to the Ocmulgee River, runs through these rocky outcrops. As if the stunning shear rock faces weren't enough, the area is also home to abundant wildlife diversity, including many rare and protected species, including the greenfly orchid, Epidendrum magnoliae which normally grows on tree bark, but grows on rocky outcrops here, and the eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon couperi.
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