While visiting my brother in Georgia, a couple of weeks ago, we took a trip to Stone Mountain. It is the largest bas relief sculpture in the world, measuring 3 acres and in it's entirety is about the size of three football fields. The Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson as well as their favorite horses, Blackjack, Traveller and Little Sorrel. An interesting fact is that the deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface. Work on the carving began in 1915 and was completed in 1972.
Stone Mountain is a quartz monsonite dome. It's elevation is 1,686 feet and it extends underground 9 miles. It is known as the largest exposed piece of granite in the world.
We took a skyride to the top of the mountain. There are a few rock pools and some plant life at the top. It was a bit eerie to stand up there and I was happy to find out that it has a fence around it, it slopes in places and would be easy to lose your footing.
I want to share this image with you which I find fitting for Easter. A group of people were telling the Easter story and giving communion. My brother told me that there is a sunrise Easter service each year. I can't imagine what it would be like to be on the top of the mountain, with the sun coming up, worshiping the Lord on Resurrection Sunday! I also just read in Country Living magazine that the Country Living Fair will be held at Stone Mountain this October as well as in Columbus, Ohio. Have a wonderful Thursday!