Brown-Headed Nuthatch and the Atlanta scene

January 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, Photography) (, , , )

Brown-headed Nuthatch, Atlanta

I haven’t been birding since I arrived in Atlanta two months ago.  I’ve seen (and heard singing) Carolina wrens, American robins, song sparrows, and a fleeting hawk in my neighborhood, along with juncos, house sparrows and pigeons.  So I made a sightseeing trip north along Peachtree Street, aiming for the Chattahoochee River.

First stop, Starbucks to use a gift card, then Barnes and Noble to check out picture books on Atlanta (nothing very artsy – perhaps a future project?), and to familiarize myself with the area.  Finally I arrived at one of the riverside parks run by the city of Roswell, GA.   I had plans to visit the High Museum of Art during their “Pay as you wish” day in honor of MLK’s birthday.  I wanted to be there around noon, so I didn’t make it all the way to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  But I did have a nice flurry of birds once a Carolina wren took exception to my proximity to its foraging place under an upturned canoe on shore, and created such a ruckus that other birds came to check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Atlanta Nightscapes on the Last Night of 2011

January 1, 2012 at 8:50 am (Atlanta, Photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It was a mild evening – and the Big Peach was going to drop at Five Points.  It’s an 800 pound peach.  Times Square drops a Waterford crystal ball.  Atlanta drops a peach.  So I had to see it.  I walked down Auburn Avenue, my new neighborhood.

It only took a few blocks before I left the relative safety of my street of restored historic homes and wondered about the wisdom of continuing these few blocks to downtown. Clusters of idle men on one corner… a man hauling buckets of water to wash a car (his?)… another talking to himself.  You get the picture.  And I wanted mine.  Since I was using a tripod, perhaps they didn’t suspect I was some kind of narc.  A few wished me a Happy New Year.  I wished them back.

The Oldest Black Shop in Atlanta

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