Sunday, April 28, 2013
The beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge closes each year on April 1st for the piping plover nesting season. The birds own the 6 miles of oceanfront beach until the end of the nesting season when the young birds are walking, flying, and have left the beach.
It's a beautiful place. Today I felt pulled to the refuge to walk on the inland side of Plum Island and to visit the Sandy Point State Reservation at the southern tip of the island.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:05 PM
It was a good day for a bridge visit.
The towers are both standing tall. An update on the Memorial Bridge web site says that the steel construction of the towers is complete and that the iron workers are completing the vertical alignment of the two structures. I walked past the bridge site to a spot where it was possible to peer into the NH State Pier to see the center section of the bridge under construction on a barge. I believe the construction schedule calls for the lift section to be installed in June.
I'm looking forward to walking and riding on the new bridge when it opens sometime this summer.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The sky over the ocean was clear. I was happy to find a few clouds gracing the sky as I looked west from the road along the New Hampshire coast.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:20 PM
I thought I was seeing things (that weren't there)!
I saw an iris in bloom, and it's much too early here for those beautiful flowers. I thought it was a reflection from outside of the greenhouse (at Stevens-Coolidge Place) but as it turns out there was a planter inside the greenhouse with two iris in full bloom. Beautiful...
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:03 AM
Friday, April 26, 2013
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
It was clear and crisp this morning, a bit chilly but a good day for a walk. I headed to Maudslay State Park to see if any new flowers had appeared since my last visit.
The color of the day was green with a few pops of other colors. There were daffodils in gardens and scattered in the grass in in the woods, a few early blooming azaleas, lots of skunk cabbage, forsythia, and tiny purple flowers in the grass.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:49 PM
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The cherry trees along the Charles River Esplanade usually bloom from late April to early May. I wanted to see more spring color so I took a chance that the trees had started to bloom and headed into Boston this morning. I parked along the river in Cambridge, using the Longfellow Bridge as the starting point for my wander.
Pink blossoms graced the trees along the esplanade, a wonderful view. Next I headed to Boston's Public Garden to enjoy the reflections of the willows in the duck pond.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 3:56 PM
Yesterday was the day I switched from having cable service for web and television and (old) copper wire service for the phone. The new world for me is all FiOS, and wow! The difference in upload speed is very noticeable.
I uploaded a set of photos and was very surprised to hear the ping telling me that the upload was complete well before I expected it.My service is the fastest that Verizon offers in my area, 75/35 Mbps. It looks like there are faster (Verizon) services available but not where I live. No matter, this works well for me.
FiOS fast, I'm happy!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 3:43 PM
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
It should have been a day of joy and celebration, a day to run the marathon, to watch, to enjoy Boston.
Instead it was a day of tragedy, of bomb blasts, death, injury. There is no reason that justifies the behavior of the individual (or individuals) who chooses to harm other people and to cause such chaos. What a senseless tragedy.
I found the words of John Tlumacki in his article Tragedy in Boston: One Photographer’s Eyewitness Account to be quite moving.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 9:38 PM
Friday, April 12, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Yesterday's warmth retreated a bit as today brought a gray sky, a little rain, and a chilly feeling in the air. Flowers are slowly emerging as it starts to feel more like spring. I saw a few daffofils in bright yellow, some new tiny purple close to the ground flowers, and tightly wrapped pink petals on soon to be flowering trees.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:39 PM
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Today the ocean called to me to walk along the coast. It was a chilly windy day, a day when I could hear both the ocean on the shore and the wind whipping through the tree tops.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:51 PM
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Somehow I convinced myself that all of the spring flowers should be in bloom now based on last year's warm winter and early blooming. We had a more normal (end of) winter this year with snow and cold weather extending into March so the flowers seem to be back on a more normal bloom schedule. It's the little flowers that are showing themselves right now, snowdrops, crocus, and chionodoxa. Oh, and I've seen some early miniature iris too.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 9:52 PM