Saturday, July 13, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Master of his domain

Master of his domain

Waiting and watching,
The green frog sits atop the pond,
For the moment,
Master of his domain.

Postal Pond in Legacy Park: City of Decatur, Georgia, USA. 15 June 2024.
Lithobates clamitans —commonly known as the green frog— is a species of frog native to eastern North America. The two subspecies are the bronze frog and the northern green frog.

Green frogs usually have green heads while the body is brown, gray, or dark green. The green head can be more or less prominent on certain individuals. The belly is white with black mottling. Male green frogs in breeding condition have yellow throats. Green frogs are darker colored on colder days to help absorb heat. Adult green frogs range from 2 to 4 inches in body length (5–10 cm); the typical body weight is 1 to 3 ounces (28 to 85 g). The mating call of a green frog sounds like the single note of a plucked banjo.



Saturday, July 06, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Pollinator coneflowers

Pollinator coneflowers

Pink coneflowers bloom in a native plant pollinator garden. A sign of the South!

East Decatur Greenway: City of Decatur, Georgia, USA. 1 June 2024.

Echinacea purpurea — commonly known as the eastern purple coneflower, purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower, or echinacea— is a North American species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to parts of eastern North America. Its habitats include dry open woods, prairies, and barrens.

Many pollinators are attracted to E. purpurea flowers, such as bumblebees, sweat bees, honey bees, the sunflower leafcutter bee, and the mining bee, Andrena helianthiformis. Butterflies that visit include monarchs, swallowtail butterflies, and sulfur butterflies. Birds, particularly finches, eat and disperse the seeds through their droppings.



Saturday, June 29, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Feed the Ducks

Feed the ducks

Come feed the little birds,
Show them you care.
And you'll be glad if you do.
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare.
All it takes is tuppence from you.
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.

The birds in the water are a mother mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and her ducklings. On land, the larger, braver bird (feeding to the right) is a Moscovy duck (Cairina moschata), native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Small wild breeding populations have established themselves in the United States.

The photo is unposed. None of the participants knew they were being photographed.

Avondale Lake: City of Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA. 6 June 2024.



Saturday, June 22, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Percussionist in the green

Percussionist in the green

Percussionist Gaurav Malhotra performs during the Decatur Arts Festival. We don't see his face...but we can almost hear his all-important hands in action.

Decatur, Georgia, USA, on 4 May 2024.



Saturday, June 15, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Live. Laugh. Love.


Just a happening-to-be-at-the-right-place-at-the-right-time moment.

The shot is unposed; I think this is a jewelry artist who had just finished using a mural as a product photo backdrop when she turned toward me. The pastel of her clothing seemed to complement the pastel of the mural; "Live. Laugh. Love" was the phrase on her hat. The image isn't askew; it's the city street that was on an incline!

Photo taken during the Decatur Arts Festival in the City of Decatur, Georgia, USA, on 4 May 2024.