Saturday, February 24, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Trees can look spectacular without leaves

Trees can look spectacular without leaves

Winter trees can sing even without their leaves...and joyfully in black-and-white.

Rockdale River Trail: Rockdale County (Stockbridge), Georgia, USA. 2 February 2024.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Mirror'd Morning

Mirror'd morning

Mirror'd morning on Beaver Pond...but not a rodent in sight!

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. 6 February 2024.

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Holy hellebore

Holy hellebore

"Listen with the ear of your heart.
— Prologue, Rule of St. Benedict (c. 530 CE).

A Lenten rose (hellebore) blooms in mid-winter.

A small garden on the grounds of Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County, Georgia, USA. 3 February 2024.


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Saturday, February 03, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Winter Sky

Winter sky

A winter storm blows away in late afternoon.

Avondale Estates, Georgia, USA. 9 January 2024.

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Verdant fungus

Verdant fungus

"A rolling stone gathers no moss" ... but a polypore mushroom can!

Briarlake Forest Park: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA.
7 January 2024.
Trametes versicolor is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning 'of several colors', versicolor accurately describes this fungus that displays a unique blend of markings. Additionally, owing to its shape being similar to that of a wild turkey's tail feathers, T. versicolor is most commonly referred to as turkey tail. The top surface of the cap shows typical concentric zones of different colors, and the margin is always the lightest. Older specimens [such as the one pictured] can have zones with green algae [or moss] growing on them, thus appearing green. It commonly grows in rows on logs and stumps of deciduous trees, and is common in North America.
Wikipedia.

This is a closeup. The polypore appears much larger in the image than it did in 'real' life.

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Arboreal chaconne

Arboreal jig

Looking for shapes (and imagined motion) in the winter woodland. An arboreal chaconne in Seminary Wood.

Legacy Park: City of Decatur, Georgia, USA. 27 December 2023.


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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Jogging in the fog

Jogging in the fog

When both the dew point and the temperature are 9 °C (48 °F), a jogger disappears into a fog bank.

Freedom Park, in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 3 December 2017.
Freedom Park is is the largest public park in Atlanta, Georgia, comprising 210 acres of linear green space and six miles of hiker/biker trails. The park was created in 1992 from condemned land which originally was to be the Stone Mountain Freeway, a multi-lane divided-highway that would have bisected nine historic neighborhoods and destroyed a string of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Freedom Park and Parkway.


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Monday, January 08, 2024

The 52 'Pic(k)s of the Week' of 2023.

Since 2006, I have uploaded 25,043 photographs and images to the website Flickr. Every Saturday since 29 August 2009, I have culled through those images and selected one as my Pic(k) of the Week.

Here's a retrospective collage of the fifty-two images I selected for 2023. Clicking on the thumbnail will take you to the full image.

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2023

January
Vernal dreaming Full Wolf Moon Light as storm passes Ephemeral rapids
February
Arabia buzzards Tynt Meadow English Trappist Ale Thicket tunnel Peachtree rapids & riffles
March
Nature contemplation Sylvan grotto Little Sweet Betsy in bloom! Mayapple blooms in March
April
Pear tree in winter Bayou morning Goose going Postal Vernal rising Yellow-crowned Night Heron
May
Mood (white) indigo How green was my valley Rothaus Tannenzäpfle Pils, on draught Open road, in town
June
Hops? Nope! Hazy sunrise over Arabia Mountain, Georgia Winking hawk Mockingbird on stop sign
July
May dragonfly Wild garlic on the trail Red Rover, Red Rover, send Red Clover right over! Turtle, surfacing Paddleboard morningtide
August
St. Augustine Lighthouse, at morning Castillo de San Marcos Independent fermentation room Against traffic
September
Heron in morning pond Avondale reverie Wary weather watcher Squirrel at edge of forest Arabia Mountain 'daisy'
October
The Final Out Tree at summit of Arabia Mountain Into the Privet woodland Wasted Potential trombone
November
Tree in morning marsh South River at base of Panola Mountain Verboten off-piste Washington W. King Covered Bridge
December
October(fest) beer discussions Fallen Beneath Stone Mountain Stille Nacht Outlier No. 19 Helms Deep Bierschnaps


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DATA

☞ Of my fifty-two selections in 2023:
  • 21 images (40 %) were landscapes: intimate, grand, or tangentially.
  • 15 (28 %) were of trees, flowers, or plants.
  • 9 (17 %) were of birds or other animals.
  • 7 (13 %) were new-topographical (i.e., structures, objects, vehicles, or signs).
  • 7 (13 %) were street-photography or focused on people, primarily or tangentially.
  • 5 (9 %) were images of the sky or astronomy-related.
  • 6 (11 %) were fermentably related.
  • 2 (3 %) were of art, music, or culture in one form or another.
  • No images were in black-and-white.

  • (The percentage total is greater than 100 %, as categories overlap.)

☞ Those data compare to 2022, when:
  • 29 images (56%) were of 'nature.'
  • 10 (19%) were of structures, objects, vehicles, or signs (not including breweries).
  • 10 (19%) were focused on people, primarily or tangentially.
  • 7 (13%) were of art or culture in one form or another.
  • 7 (13%) were fermentably related.
  • 6 (11%) were in black-and-white (but none were beer-related).

☞ Here are links to the ten image retrospectives for the years 2014 through 2022. (There is none for 2021, because I didn't do one that year.)

☞ Examining those ten years of Pic(k)s of the Week, the trend has been away from 'fermentable'-related photography toward a potpourri consisting principally of nature, landscape, and 'new topographic' photography.

20232022202120202019 20182017201620152014
Beer 3 2n/a 12 10 1228343426
Brewery/Pub 1 3n/a 8 12 58162034
Cask ale 0 0n/a 1 1 250108
Wine/Winery 0 1n/a 0 1 01034
Whiskey/Liquor/Distillery 2 2n/a 0 0 10021
Food/Restaurant 0 0n/a 1 2 34855

(As above, the figures don't reflect a sum, as a category may be a subset of another: such as breweries also appearing under beer, food also under brewpub/brewery, etc.)

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