Living in the city, I get cabin fever sometimes and need a “nature fix.” In a half hour I can be in a lovely forest setting along the Chattahoochee River, a National Park recreation area. Yesterday morning I visited the Island Ford portion and saw a cluster of bird activity before I’d even walked away from the car – a brown-headed nuthatch chipping out a nesting hole, a white-breasted nuthatch exploring a hole in the street light, a male ruby-crowned kinglet singing and flashing his very red crown, and a red-headed woodpecker alighting on a tall trunk. Read the rest of this entry »
They are among the most beautiful, most ornate, most extravagant, most delicate of all flowers. And the Atlanta Botanical Garden is featuring orchids for the next two months. Many of them are permanent denizens of the glass houses that create habitats similar to their native homes. There are also displays of potted orchids arranged for maximum effect.
Actually, it’s a rainy morning, too. Sundays here are always laid back. People go to church in large numbers in the South, and there are many large and small houses of worship within several blocks of my house. Things pick up by lunchtime. Or brunch time. I understand Atlanta is known for extravagant brunches, particularly the buffet-style affairs, usually involving mimosas – orange juice with champagne. Read the rest of this entry »
I decided to do something different and go retro – back to black-and-white. These are a few of my favorite BW images of Big Bend National Park in far west Texas. I worked and lived in Big Bend for two winters, and it is truly a special place. Of course, these are all digital images. Read the rest of this entry »
I have a nice set of Louisiana fog images that deserved their own post. Growing up in Louisiana, I don’t remember as much beauty as I have experienced as an adult visitor. March and April are indeed the prettiest months, and the most comfortable. See for yourself… Read the rest of this entry »
I have a stack of paper scraps with hastily scrawled notes, meant to help identify photographs. Some of these notes are 24 years old! Being home with a cold is a good time to sift through these memories, and to present vignettes of a state at its most beautiful in spring. Read the rest of this entry »
This view of Atlanta’s downtown is a few blocks from my apartment. I expected more ribbons of light during morning rush hour. Read the rest of this entry »
I have only gotten glimpses of red-headed woodpeckers in Micanopy, Florida and Manhattan, Kansas. Now I have a chance to feast my eyes on these colorful birds here in Atlanta. The bare oaks in Grant Park make it easy to find them poking the bark for grubs. Read the rest of this entry »