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).

Seen at Zoo Atlanta: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


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.


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.

Saturday, July 09, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Beer bubbles, closeup

And now for something completely different...
A close-up of beer-foam bubbles in a (non-hazy) IPA.

Beer bubbles closeup

I poured the beer in a straight-edged glass and set it outdoors (hence the green visible in the background). No beer was harmed —or wasted— during the shoot.


Saturday, July 02, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Pink coneflower

Pink coneflower
Echinacea purpurea —cooloquially known as the eastern purple coneflower, purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower, or echinacea— is a North American species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to parts of eastern North America and present to some extent in the wild in much of the eastern, southeastern and midwestern United States as well as in the Canadian Province of Ontario. Its habitats include dry open woods, prairies and barrens. 1

The plant grows to about 3 feet tall. Its single terminal blossom has 15 to 20 purplish, drooping ray flowers and a central disk comprising orange bracts. 2

Photo taken in the Trailhead Community Park of the East Decatur Greenway, in Decatur Georgia, USA, on 1 July 2022.