Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It's officially autumn and I think it must be time to visit Acadia again. I've just started bugging Denise to put a (quick) trip on the calendar.
While I'm waiting I've been wandering through the photos from our Acadia visits in May and June. I'm pretty sure we will be visiting after the leaves have turned from green to bright colors to brown. We'll probably see bare branches on our next trip; it seems that the autumn colors are popping out earlier than usual this year.
late day light on Cadillac Mountain, June 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
This weekend is a Bedrock Gardens open house weekend. My last visit there was the first open house of the season in May. That's quite a while ago; today felt like a good day for a return visit.
There were still flowers in bloom, many nearing the end of their growing season but still decorating the landscape with bright color. Beyond the flowers, it's always fun to wander through the sculptures that dot the property. It's a place of calm, a place of simple beauty.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:10 PM
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
It feels too early to me. It's mid-September, a full week before the autumnal equinox, and I'm starting to see brightly colored leaves. The change in the weather normally lags the calendar dates but this season seems to want an early start.
Early or not, I always enjoy nature's painted leaves.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:55 PM
Monday, September 15, 2014
It's the season of change.
We're just a week away from the autumn equinox; it feels like subtle changes can be seen and felt everywhere. The trees have changed from a vibrant growing season green to green tinged with rust, flowers are losing color, and the temperature is bouncing from chilly nights to somewhat warmer days.
Fall is in the air.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:06 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2014
The tide direction had just switched to incoming when I started walking on Crane Beach today. There was a broad swath of sand decorated with patterns created by water.
It was beautiful.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:14 PM
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The temperature today felt a bit nippy (for September), the sky was covered in layers of gray clouds.
I chose to head to Maudslay State Park this afternoon for a brisk walk in the woods. The leaves are still predominantly green though there are sections that seem to be wearing a bit of brown with an occasional bit of red popping out. There were still flowers in the gardens and wildflowers in the woods, a nice spot of color.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 5:57 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
There's a small pool in the rose garden at the Stevens-Coolidge Place. There are lily pads, and on some days there are frogs sitting and sunning. Today there were three frogs enjoying the pond, one perched on a lily pad, the other two popping their heads up then disappearing when they realized they were not alone.
I was lucky to meet this frog, a beauty with golden circles surrounding his eyes and gold stripes down his very green body.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:09 PM
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Wow - the storm that just blew through here was wild!
I headed out for a late afternoon walk under skies that still wore white fluffy clouds against a bright blue background. I wasn't quite at my planned "turn for home" spot when a man standing by his house called out to me. He told me there was a tornado warning, suggesting that I head home. I thanked him and decided that turning towards home would be smart.
There was still some visible blue in the sky but the clouds grew dark. I heard the rumble of thunder and saw the flash of lightening. I walked faster.
The rain started when I was a short two blocks from home. In the last block a driver pulled over, stopped, and told me she would be happy to drive me home; the rain was coming down hard enough at that point that it was difficult to see. I thanked her, telling her that I lived in the condos on the other side of the fence. It's nice to have people show they care, isn't it?
Home again, I switched from dripping to dry clothes, dried the floor (from my traipsing through wearing very wet clothes!), and settled in. I closed one set of windows to stop the driving rain from entering, leaving the others open.
I watched the driving rain, listened to the downpour and the thunder, saw the flashes of lightening. I love watching wild storms, especially when I know I am in a safe spot.
What an awesome storm!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:37 PM
It was a hot and muggy day, with the forecast calling for late day (severe) thunderstorms.
I managed to get a bike ride in before the temperature rose to an uncomfortable level, then decided to head for the New Hampshire coast to do some walking. I chose the boat launching area at Odiorne Point State Park as my wandering spot, walking through the woods and onto the somewhat rocky shore line of the Piscataqua River. I continued walking until I heard the sound of distant repeating thunder. The sky was still showing blue but continued thunder led me to jump onto a trail that headed in the direction of my car. I chatted with someone on the trail who had just heard there were severe thunderstorms in Exeter, a bit inland from our current location. I walked faster, arriving at my car before the rain started.
I thought about waiting out the rain but knowing there was a forecast for late day thunderstorms I turned back toward home.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:23 PM
Friday, September 05, 2014
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Monday, September 01, 2014
As I was wandering slowly, enjoying the butterflies at Magic Wings yesterday one of the staff members approached and asked if I wanted to take a photo of the bug on her arm.
Wow... he was huge!
Would you like one (or more) of these wandering in your garden?
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:33 AM
Funny, when I clicked to look at the channel guide on the television last night a message popped up instead telling me that Verizon was upgrading all FiOS customers to have (Internet) upload speed match download speed. I read it, smiled, and ran to my computer.
The link indicated that the upgrades would happen automatically over the next years but that signing up for Verizon's reward program would trigger an immediate upgrade. It's possible that my connection had already been upgraded but I didn't check. I simply logged into the Verizon at http://campaign.verizon.com/myrewardsplus/ and turned the rewards program on. Soon after that I received the message that my service had been upgraded.
People are sharing content on the Internet more than ever, a trend that is expected to continue. Starting today (July 21), existing and new Verizon FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds, making it easier and faster to share. This speed upgrade is free to current customers, and comes at a time when people are uploading more and more information to the cloud, sharing videos and photos, and video chatting.
Full news release is here.
When I switched to FiOS I chose the fastest residential service available knowing that I wanted good upload speeds for my photos. That was 75Mbps down and 35Mbps up. Now? Verizon's speedtest shows my service at 75Mbps up and 75Mbps down, cool!