Saturday, June 25, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: The Guide at night

The Guide at night
The Guide
galvanized steel, LED light bar
Phil Proctor (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Installed in front of the Avondale MARTA * station, in Decatur, Georgia, USA. June 2022.
The Guide is a figurative work fabricated entirely from 8" I-beams. The figure stands in the classical contrapposto pose and holds an acrylic staff that illuminates his path through dark times.

The Guide is one piece in the Decatur Artway, a public arts project of the City of Decatur. Here it is seen from a different perspective, during the day.



Saturday, June 18, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: A woman, her dog, and her beer.

A woman, her dog, and her beer

Priorities! A woman, her dog, and her beer.

Held annually on the last full weekend of April, the Inman Park Festival signals the onset of Atlanta, Georgia's festival season. Inman Park is both a neighborhood and an actual park. Photo taken on 23 April 2022.
Inman Park holds the distinction of being Atlanta’s first planned suburb [1880s] as well as one of the city’s first in-town neighborhoods to undergo extensive restoration. The neighborhood typifies garden suburbs of the late nineteenth century.
New Georgia Encyclopedia


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Mother and Child

Mother and Child

Chalk painting
Carrie Dziabczenko
(after "Mother and Child" by Bruno di Maio)

Decatur Arts Festival, in downtown Decatur, Georgia, USA. 7 May 2022.


Saturday, June 04, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: In the limelight

In the limelight

Morning sun created a flash-without-a-flash effect (with a little assist from post-production).

A limelight hydrangea blossoms in a garden, in Decatur, Georgia, USA. 29 May 2022.
Hydrangea paniculata — the panicled hydrangea or limelight hydrangea— is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangeaceae, native to China, Korea, Japan, and Russia. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, 1–5 m (3.3–16.4 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) broad, growing in sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes. In late summer it bears large conical panicles of creamy white fertile flowers, together with pinkish white sterile florets. Florets may open pale green, grading to white with age, thus creating a pleasing 'two-tone' effect.


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: White violet, close up

White violet, close up

Tiny, early-spring flora.

In March, ruderal, white/purple-striated violets were bustin' out all over. Here, I photographed one (getting down low!), just off of a sidewalk, in Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA, on 22 March 2022.

This was a closeup. The Viola sororia (at most two centimeters in diameter) appears much larger in the image than it did in 'real' life.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Blood Moon

Blood Moon (16 May 2022 12:43 am EDT)

Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures,
now, as they fly through the air. *

It was a combination of full 'Flower' Moon, supermoon, 'Blood' Moon, and total lunar eclipse, all wrapped into one astronomical wow, as seen over Decatur, Georgia, USA, on 16 May 2022, at 12:43 am EDT.


Blood Moon (aka total lunar eclipse)

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the Earth's umbra and blocks all direct sunlight from illuminating the Moon's surface. However, some sunlight still reaches the lunar surface indirectly, via the Earth's atmosphere, bathing the Moon in a reddish, yellow, or orange glow [thus colloquially called a 'Blood Moon'].

As the Sun's rays pass through the atmosphere, some colors in the light spectrum—those towards the violet spectrum—are filtered out by a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. This is the same mechanism that causes colorful sunrises and sunsets. Red wavelengths are least affected by this effect, so the light reaching the Moon's surface has a reddish hue, causing the fully eclipsed Moon to take on a red color.
Time and Date.


Full Flower (Super) Moon

"May’s full Flower Moon name should be no surprise; flowers spring forth across North America in abundance this month. The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. 'Flower Moon' has been attributed to Algonquin peoples.

May’s full Moon is the first supermoon of the year. A supermoon is most commonly defined as any full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at at least 90% of perigee (the point in the Moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth). In 2022, there will be four supermoons.
Old Farmer's Almanac.

Here was the moon, two hours earlier (at 10:32 pm EDT, on 15 May), only partially eclipsed and yet un-'bloodied.'

Blood Moon (15 May 2022 10:32 pm EDT)


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Sidebenchers


Juxtaposition. Side-benchers — sculpted and human.

DeKalb History Center: Decatur, Georgia, USA. 07 May 2022.


Saturday, May 07, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Morning moon (and avian astronaut)

Morning moon (and avian astronaut)

Look up!

A waning gibbous moon (and an avian astronaut), at morning, over Decatur, Georgia, USA.

22 April 2022.


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Happy International Jazz Day!


Here: Keeping clave time with Orquesta MaCuba, at the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

I shot this image on 23 April 2022...but International Jazz Day is celebrated today and, in fact, every year on the 30th of April. Jazz lives!

International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe." It is celebrated annually on April 30. The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. Jazz Day is chaired by Hancock and the UNESCO Director-General [Audrey Azoulay]. The celebration is recognized on the calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Rare Sarracenia oreophila, blooming

Rare Sarracenia oreophila, blooming

The yellow blossom of an endangered, carnivous(!) green pitcher plant, growing in the wild, on the bank of a pond, in Legacy Park of the city of Decatur, Georgia, USA. 16 April 2022.


The more you know...

Sarracenia oreophila, also known as the green pitcher plant, is a carnivorous plant in the genus Sarracenia [growing in wetland environments].

In early spring, the plant produces large, yellow flowers with 5-fold symmetry. The yellow petals are long and strap-like, and dangle over the umbrella-like style of the flower, which is held upside down at the end of a 20-inch long (50 cm) scape. The stigma of the flower are found at the tips of the 'spokes' of this umbrella.

In late spring, the plant devlops highly modified leaves in the form of pitchers that act as pitfall traps for prey, such as small insects. The narrow pitcher leaves are tapered tubes that rise up to 30 inches (75 cm) from the ground, with a mouth 2 to 4 inches (6-10 cm) in circumference.


Now, the bad news

Native to the southeast U.S., the green pitcher plant is an extremely endangered species [due to human development and forest succession] and now only can be found in a handful of counties in northeast Georgia [including Decatur], southwest North Carolina, and northeast Alabama.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Green pitcher plants, surviving


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Bird on a vine

Bird on a vine

This northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) may have posed for me; but, boy, did he give me a death stare.

He (and I) were hanging out at the Wheland Foundry Trailhead of the Tennessee Riverwalk, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, on 20 March 2022.


Saturday, April 02, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: West on Eastside BeltLine

West on Eastside BeltLine

A corrugated metal wall separates Wylie Avenue from the Hulsey Rail Yard, alongside the BeltLine trail, in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The BeltLine is a former railway corridor around the core of Atlanta, now under development as a multi-use trail to circumnavigate the city.


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz (02)

"Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch" Shiraz
Fowles Wines (Strathbogie, Victoria, Australia)

A blast from the past. During a 'tasting' at Twisted Vines, a wine bar and shop in Arlington, Virginia, USA, winemaker Matt Fowles poured his eponymous wines for patrons. 12 February 2014.

Not in 'perfect' focus by any means, but the shot may serendipitously have captured the inviting mood of the scene. Now, it's only a memory. The wine shop closed in 2018. Fowles Winery, however, remains strong.


Saturday, March 19, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Tractorial innards.

Tractorial innards

A synecdoche labyrinth,
These tractorial innards.
Now, idled in the mead.

A tractor parked in a field, in Legacy Park: Decatur, Georgia, USA. 25 February 2022.


Saturday, March 12, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Winter white (but not snow white)

Winter white (but not snow!)

It's winter white...but it's not snow white. Lovely, but invasive, the Callery pear trees have begun to bloom.

Seminary Wood in Decatur, Georgia, USA. 25 February 2022.
The Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana)is one of the first trees to bloom in early March throughout north Georgia. The tree has been widely planted across the southeast for its white spring blossoms and red fall color. [...] Callery trees growing wild trees develop thick thorns along the branches,inches long. Many cultivars of the Callery pear can invade and destroy native ecosystems.
North Georgia Master Gardeners.


Saturday, March 05, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Look out

Look out!

A mural and bicyclist on the BeltLine Eastside in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 18 February 2022.

The BeltLine is a former railway right-of-way in Atlanta, now being converted to a hiker/biker trail set to circumnavigate the city.


Saturday, February 26, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Watch for baseballs!

Watch for baseballs!

Watch for baseballs! It's a sign of spring.

Eight (!) youth baseball fields abut the southern entrance of the South Peachtree Trail, in Medlock Park, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA.


But there's no sign of 'adult' baseball yet in sight.

The labor agreement between baseball owners and players expired last year and Major League Baseball's owners are 'locking out' the players. In fact, spring training games were to have begun this week ... and none were played.

In their negotiations, baseball players are looking for a new agreement to:
  • enforce a commitment to winning on the part of all teams
  • to pay the younger players producing an increasing share of on-field value commensurate with that production,
  • to encourage more spending on players instead of discouraging it.
Team owners are either disagreeing with each demand or to the requirements for each.

If the two sides cannot reach agreement by Monday, 28 February 2022, baseball's Opening Day —originally set for 31 March— will need to be postponed (or worse).

First the virus, now this. Sigh.



After the second-longest labor dispute in baseball history, the owners and players reached a deal on 10 March, clearing the way for baseball’s return. With, now, an abbreviated spring training schedule, Opening Day was set for 7 April, a week later than originally scheduled. More: below.


Saturday, February 19, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: A welcome sign

A welcome sign

Coming soon! "Southern. Soulful. Spirits."

In 2014, Independent Distilling Company opened in a small warehouse on the eastern edge of the city of Decatur, Georgia, USA. Now, in early 2022, work has commenced a few blocks west, to transform a former auto service garage into the artisinal distillery's new, larger, 22,000 square-foot digs.

A welcome sign, indeed.

Future big digs for Independent
Photos taken: 12 February 2022 (top), 16 February 2022 (bottom).


Saturday, February 12, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Steps to the Dene

Steps to the Dene

Stone steps lead down to a ford over Deepdene Creek in the eponymous city park, "reminiscent of the majesty of great piedmont forests before Atlanta was settled." 1

The park is located in DeKalb County, Georgia, USA, just outside the city of Atlanta.
Deepdene Park is the largest segment of the six-park Olmstead Linear Park system, forming the eastern end. Unlike the other five pastoral segments [within Atlanta], it is a wooded tract with a stream winding through its 22 acres and a topography that ranges from steep slopes [i.e., dene 2] to a flat meadow.
Olmstead Linear Park Alliance.

Frederick Law Olmsted, born in 1822, is considered the founder of American landscape architecture. Among his more famous works, he designed Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the Emerald Necklace of Boston, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building. And Atlanta's Olmsted Linear Park. Olmsted began work on the system in 1893; his sons completed it in 1905. 3

Olmsted was an early leader of the conservation movement in the United States. He lobbied Congress to designate Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove as public reserves, the first lands set aside by Congress for public use. Activities are planned throughout this year to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. 4
Drawing influences from English landscape and gardening, Olmsted emphasized design that encourages the full use of the naturally occurring features of a given space, its "genius"; the subordination of individual details to the whole so that decorative elements do not take precedence, but rather the whole space is enhanced; concealment of design, design that does not call attention to itself; design that works on the unconscious to produce relaxation; and utility or purpose over ornamentation. A bridge, a pathway, a tree, a pasture: any and all elements are brought together to produce a particular effect. Olmsted designed primarily in the pastoral and picturesque styles.

Photo taken 12 December 2021.


Saturday, February 05, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: From barley comes beer

From barley comes beer

A barley malt silo outside of Three Taverns Brewery, in Decatur, Georgia, USA. 30 January 2022.
A brewery silo is a container used for bulk storage of unmalted or malted grains, generally made of steel —constructed to maintain the proper moisture level of the grains— with smooth sides and bottom cones [for grain egress into the brewery, often via an augur].
Encyclopedia of Beer (1995).
Christine Rhodes, et al.


Saturday, January 29, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: To fell a tree

To fell a tree

To fell a tree.
An arborist in silhouette.

Decatur, Georgia, USA. 30 December 2020.


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Snow Falling on Magnolias

Snow Falling on Magnolias

It may have been rain, sleet, and only a dusting of snow, but it sure was 'purdy.'

Snow falling on magnolias... Seminary Wood, of Legacy Park, in the city of Decatur, Georgia, USA. 16 January 2022.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Glenn Creek Falls

Glenn Creek Falls (04)

A waterfall —or is it a riffle?— cascades on Glenn Creek (a tributary of Peachtree Creek) within several acres of ravined woodland belonging to Decatur Cemetery, in the city of Decatur, Georgia, USA. Photo taken on 07 January 2022.

Decatur Cemetery is the oldest burial ground in the Atlanta, Georgia-metropolitan area. Officially created by the Decatur government in 1832, the cemetary is believed to have been in use even before then. In 1997, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Saturday, January 08, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Wild Heaven Beer at night

Wild Heaven Craft Beers Brewery

Visiting Wild Heaven Beer, a production brewery in Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA (a suburb of Atlanta), on 25 February 2016.

The brewery specializes in beers "inspired by the traditions of Europe and the innovation of America" and barrel-aged beers, the latter of which can be seen through the taproom window.

Since this photo was taken, the state of Georgia has amended its alcohol laws to allow on-the-premises sales at breweries (the permission existed before but in pretzel-twisted form) and Wild Heaven has added a second location, in Atlanta's up-and-coming West End neighborhood.


Saturday, January 01, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: The Kiss

The Kiss

Two horses canoodling. Or squabbling. A Janusian image for the first day of the first month of the new year.

The photo was taken on 12 December 2021 at the Little Creek Horse Farm Conservancy, in Scottdale, Georgia, USA.