Saturday, November 21, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Sibley's Ferst Fountain

Sibley's Ferst Fountain

Into each life, a little whimsy must fall.
A ceramic mural by Atlanta, Georgia artist Christine Sibley (1948-1999) adorns the Ferst Fountain [at the Atlanta Botanical Garden]. Water naiads are represented in bas relief peering out from behind the waterfall. This fountain, donated in honor of [past trustee?] Helen Montag Ferst, was built of gunite in 1985. Sibley obtained financing and added the ceramic facade in 1990. In 2012, the fountain received much-needed repair.

I snapped this image at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 8 November 2020.


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Autumn farrago

Autumn farrago

Charlie the dog and I were walking through the wood. We paused to admire this view of an autumn thicket, chaotic yet calm. Well, I did, anyway.

Seminary Wood, in Legacy Park, in the city of Decatur, Georgia, USA: 14 November 2020.


Saturday, November 07, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Beau Geste

Beau Geste

A mug of Geste, in the beer garden, at Elsewhere Brewing, in Atlanta (Grant Park), Georgia, USA. 31 October 2020.

Brewery description:
Dark Czech [style] Lager
ABV: 4.7%
IBU: 18
A tale of adventure! Stories from Prague praise a dark lager that delights the palate year-round. [Tastes of] rye bread, dried dates, and chocolate.

In style, Geste might be this new brewery's nod to a Czech-style tmavé pivo. Now, I don't know whether or not Elsewhere decocts Geste, as would be de regueur for tmavé pivo brewed in the Czech Republic. Nonetheless, the lager pours with a long-lived, creamy off-white head (via a side-pull tap); spicy hop and, yes, toasted rye-bread aromas; an off-dry body, alchemically full in such a small beer; flavors of toasted rye bread, chocolate, licorice, and dried dark fruit; and a spicy, Czech-style hop finish.

Elswhere pronounces Geste as "jest." I've added the adjective beau to my caption. The phrase "beau geste" is from the French, meaning "a graceful or magnanimous gesture." Fitting.

The brewpub is new. Its grand opening occurred over the previous weekend, on 24 October. That its brewer Josh Watterson has already produced such a sublime beer is tasty testament and auspicious augur.

Elsewhere Brewing


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Mist over fen

Mist over fen

Almost painterly...

An autumnal tree, in morning mist, on the boggy, boggy banks of Postal Pond.

In Legacy Park, a 77-acre city property in Decatur, Georgia, USA.

Captured on 28 October 2020: a peaceful morning, twenty-four hours before Zeta's local blast.


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pic(k) of the Week: Mauve mob (and kismet)

Mauve mob

Back in May, I noticed these tiny (~4-cm) mauve wood-sorrel wildflowers blooming in a field just beyond the perimeter of Seminary Wood, in Legacy Park, in the city of Decatur Georgia, USA.

Then, kismet.

A few days ago, a pianist noticed the photo on Flickr and offered this response:
With Claude Debussy's Rêverie, performed by me, I comment on your excellent image. Emotions between reality and dream.

Ain't the world weird and wonderful, sometimes?