Saturday, February 24, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Trees can look spectacular without leaves

Trees can look spectacular without leaves

Winter trees can sing even without their leaves...and joyfully in black-and-white.

Rockdale River Trail: Rockdale County (Stockbridge), Georgia, USA. 2 February 2024.



Saturday, February 17, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Mirror'd Morning

Mirror'd morning

Mirror'd morning on Beaver Pond...but not a rodent in sight!

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. 6 February 2024.



Saturday, February 10, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Holy hellebore

Holy hellebore

"Listen with the ear of your heart.
— Prologue, Rule of St. Benedict (c. 530 CE).

A Lenten rose (hellebore) blooms in mid-winter.

A small garden on the grounds of Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County, Georgia, USA. 3 February 2024.



Saturday, February 03, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Winter Sky

Winter sky

A winter storm blows away in late afternoon.

Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA. 9 January 2024.



Saturday, January 27, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Verdant fungus

Verdant fungus

"A rolling stone gathers no moss" ... but a polypore mushroom can!

Briarlake Forest Park: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA.
7 January 2024.
Trametes versicolor is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning 'of several colors', versicolor accurately describes this fungus that displays a unique blend of markings. Additionally, owing to its shape being similar to that of a wild turkey's tail feathers, T. versicolor is most commonly referred to as turkey tail. The top surface of the cap shows typical concentric zones of different colors, and the margin is always the lightest. Older specimens [such as the one pictured] can have zones with green algae [or moss] growing on them, thus appearing green. It commonly grows in rows on logs and stumps of deciduous trees, and is common in North America.

This is a closeup. The polypore appears much larger in the image than it did in 'real' life.