Walking the Railroad Track


My walk today took me off my normal path up a hill between the pine trees on a well-worn trail.


After I reached the top of the hill I saw a pile of cross-ties stacked on top of each other creating a barrier on the railroad track.


That’s when I looked over all the rubble and saw that the bridge going over the road fenced off, meaning no trains travel this extension of the tracks anymore.


Then, up ahead the railroad tracks split with one going to the left and the other to the right.  I decided to follow the railroad track that lead to the left.


After I passed the bend I found an open field with a sign posted that read: ” Native Plant Habitat.” That’s when I ventured off the railroad track to look for the native plants.


Now, I find myself now among the wildflowers and the berries finding nature at her best.


“Yellow Daisies”…



A tall burgundy tipped plant, its name I do not know…


“Commelina Dayflower”


And, then it was time to end my one mile walk along the railroad tracks. It looks like it’s going to rain any minute so I better head back having made a full circle.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 5, 2013


Filed under Atlanta, Walking

8 responses to “Walking the Railroad Track

  1. Oh, your pictures are wonderful! Lush, colorful, so real I want to reach out for them. Excellent!

  2. I have dayflowers in my yard and love them, but never knew what they were! The split tracks photo is unusual–it almost looks a bit kaleidoscopic. The symmetry is quite unexpected.

    • The flowers off the trail were great to photograph especially the dayflowers.. And, I couldn’t resist getting a shot of the split in the railroad tracks. I thought it looked like a mirrored image. Glad you stopped by.

  3. You have taken me through a very interesting trail. Love the plant habitat pictures.

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