Saturday, August 13, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Promenade on high from low at the High

Promenade on high from low at the High

Like a latter-day ziggurat, the Promenade skyscraper rises 40-stories —691 feet— above the High Museum, in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The building is clad in reflective glass, with a stepped, tapering spire and stainless steel fins that are lit at night. It is the 7th-tallest building in the city and, hence, Georgia.

Construction was completed in 1990. Twenty-nine years later, I took the photo, on 26 May 2019.

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Saturday, August 06, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Calm at crepuscule

Calm at crepuscule

Two contemplating sunset, looking east over the Atlantic Ocean.

St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA. 4 August 2018 (9:08 pm)

And, yes, they knew that the sun sets in the west. But high clouds catch and reflect its light back to the east.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Flamboyance of flamingos

Flamboyance of flamingos

A flock of flamingos = a "flamboyance." Indeed!
The American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is a large species of flamingo closely related to the greater flamingo and Chilean flamingo, native to the Neotropics. It is also known as the Caribbean flamingo, although it is also present in the Galápagos Islands. It is the only flamingo that naturally inhabits North America (Florida and the Florida Keys).
Wikipedia

Seen at Zoo Atlanta: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Brown thrasher, foraging

Brown thrasher, foraging

With 3,000 (!) distinct songs in its repertoire, the brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) has a right to be loquacious: it's the official bird of the state of Georgia, USA. Here, seen ground-foraging, in DeKalb County, Georgia. 18 April 2021.

The brown thrasher is a large bird (almost a foot in length) with a long, curved bill and a very long tail. It has two prominent white wing bars, a rich brown color on its top side, and a creamy white breast heavily streaked with brown. ¶ In 1935, Eugene Talmadge, then governor of the state of Georgia, proclaimed the brown thrasher as the state bird, but it would not be until 1970 that the Georgia legislature would officially designate it as such.
State Symbols USA.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Crocosmia in Georgia

Crocosmia in Georgia

South Africa invades the southeastern US!

Orange crocosmia, blooming wild and creek-side, on the East Decatur Greenway, in DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. 1 July 2022.
Crocosmia —also known as montbretia— is a small genus of flowering plants in the iris family, Iridaceae. It is native to the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa, ranging from South Africa to Sudan. The plants have colorful inflorescences of 4 to 20 vivid red and orange flowers on a horizontally branched stem, flowering from early summer well into fall.
Wikipedia.
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