Thursday, December 31, 2015
It was still a bit chilly when I headed out this morning. Fog stayed with me as I drove to the east, heading for the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. I was very lucky; the fog was just starting to lift when I arrived. As I looked to the south there were low clouds, a wall of white.
The light was pure magic.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:06 PM
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
It's an interesting exercise looking through all of the photos that I published during the year with the goal of selecting what I considered to be my top 10 images of the year. Somehow choosing 10 photos eluded me; like last year, 13 photos jumped in front of my eyes.
I'm happy with a "top 13". In date sequence, here are my favorites from 2015.
sheathed in ice
a sea of yellow
sculpted rocks and reflection
chrysanthemum in pink
flurries float above Eagle Lake
These photos are collected into the gallery top photos :: 2015. If you'd like to see larger versions of the photos or you would like to view them as a full screen slideshow, click here to jump to the gallery.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Today is a day of changing precipitation, a day that started with snow. I just returned from a walk slowed a bit by sometimes slippy conditions.
My layers were perfect for comfort. Between my rain jacket as a top layer and waterproof snow sneakers I was toasty and dry.
According to the National Weather Service the current conditions are freezing rain, fog, and mist.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 12:44 PM
Monday, December 28, 2015
I was walking through the Philadelphia Airport this evening when I saw a series of clay sculptures by Peter Morgan titled "All Aboard".
Two pieces of the sculpture made me laugh. The subject? It's a dachshund standing on a train car, dressed as a piece of corn and interrupted by a wall.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 11:09 PM
Sunday, December 27, 2015
The weather has been more like spring than winter lately but it appears that is soon to change. There is now a winter weather advisory posted for tomorrow night into Tuesday evening.
My fingers are crossed for a flight into Boston tomorrow night. I'm hoping that the flight will leave as scheduled. The snow isn't predicted to start until after I'm home but given that the storm is flowing across the country I suspect that air travel tomorrow may not be ideal.
I'm watching the weather. Are you?
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM MONDAY TO 7 PM EST TUESDAY.
* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS...OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS...ALONG WITH AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.
* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN AROUND MIDNIGHT MIXING OVER AND CHANGING TO SLEET DURING THE EARLY MORNING PERIOD BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO FREEZING RAIN BY MID-MORNING ... THEN RAIN BY AFTERNOON.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 4:38 PM
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Walking down the same path on days two months apart provided a view of two seasons, a glimpse of early autumn as compared to the entry to winter.
The photos below were taken on a trail near the end of the Jesup Path boardwalk in Acadia National Park.
on October 14, 2015
on December 19, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Photos from my quick visit to Downeast Maine are available for viewing in the gallery Downeast solstice.
snow flurries after a squall, at Eagle Lake
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
It was 23 degrees and windy outside (with the wind chill reported at 12 degrees!) when we woke up this morning. Denise thought maybe we would wander the trails in a wildlife refuge in Ellsworth before we headed for home but I convinced her that it would be a very cold wander. I think she would have opted to walk anyway until I reminded her how cold her fingers get on really cold days. This morning it was really cold!
We're home now, and I'm helping Denise look through the photos from our quick wander. Here's one from a favorite place, the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
I don't know what made me take a left turn at Hulls Cove but I'm very glad that I did. In all the years that I've been visiting here I didn't know there was a sculpture garden hiding in plain sight.
I was feeling a bit chilled by the time I found the garden, and some of the paths were very wet. Even allowing these factors to limit my time there today, the garden was a wow!
Our wandering today was in Acadia, starting with entry to the park on the only open road. The park is open year-round but most of the roads are closed (and blocked). The small piece of Park Loop Road that is open to vehicles year-round is accessed via the road to Schooner Head. The road is open from the entry station just before Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs. Of course you can walk anywhere in the park, you just need to figure out how to get to your starting point.
We walked from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs and back again (since we needed to retrieve our vehicle). There were a few other people around, two folks who were participating in the Mount Desert Island Christmas Bird Count, three brave individuals who were in the water and Sand Beach with surfboards, and a few others walking a similar path to ours.
There were times when we walking on the path, and other times when we wandered out onto the rocks.
Even though it's December now and the air is cold, the conditions in the park today really didn't scream winter. I'd love to visit when there is snow on the ground. Someday...
If you're interested in visiting Acadia in the cold and snowy months of the year, take a look at the article Acadia in Winter published by Down East Magazine.
We were walking on Sand Beach this morning when Denise started seeing white flakes in the air. She thought she was seeing things; I was able to tell her that she wasn't. Those were snow flurries! I'm not sure where they were coming from since the sky was mainly blue with white clouds. They didn't look like snow clouds, but I guess there was snow hiding in some of the white clouds.
It flurried on and off for a bit, then it stopped.
Later, we started walking at Eagle Lake. There wasn't anything falling from the sky at first. Then the clouds lowered and we were in the middle of a snow squall. The mountains behind the lake just disappeared!
The squall didn't last too long, probably around 10 or 15 minutes. When it cleared out it left colder air behind. It had inched up to 39 degrees; after the squall the temperature stood at 34. When Denise checked the weather on her phone it told us that along with the lower temperature the wind had pulled the feel of the air down to 26 degrees. Brr!
Friday, December 18, 2015
Oh! I'm so glad we spent the afternoon at the Schoodic Peninsula. There were large ocean swells and crashing waves. We stayed back from the edge, walking on the big rocks, standing and watching as the waves came in. Some were relatively quiet, some rolled and crashed and created a very big splash. It was pure magic!
Later we stopped at a beach that was made up of rounded rocks. We stood there for a while too, listening to the rocks rolling in the waves.
These words from a sign in the park are interesting, aren't they?
Ancient ice and powerful waves worked for eons to round the cobbles that grace Acadia's beaches. Glaciers carried many of them great distances to this spot. Now the sea endlessly tumbles them with local rock creating an ever-changing mosaic of colors and textures.
at the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula
This morning was a time of driving to the north and east. Denise & I were headihg for a quick escape, a December visit to Acadia National Park.
Denise said she would like to see the park decorated with snow but I don't think that will happen on this trip. The temperature stayed in the mid-40s for most of the day. It's supposed to be a bit chillier tomorrow, but I'm sure we'll be OK. Denise brought extra fleece layers, some for her and extras for me and Blue to wrap ourselves in.
It's a good thing that I was keeping an eye on Denise as she drove up I-95. We crossed several bridges with stellar views of reflections where I knew she really wanted to stop. I reminded her that it's not OK to stop on an interstate highway, especially when the cars are moving at 70 miles per hour (and higher). Hmm... I wonder if she would have stopped if I hadn't been with her.
We're in Ellsworth, Maine right now. Did you know that the sun sets here earlier than it does at home? Sunset at home today was at 4:12 PM. Sunset here was at 3:54 PM. That seems kind of funny to me. I guess it's because of where we are situated in the time zone.
...my friend Blue & me on the Schoodic Peninsula back in October
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
As the winter solstice approaches daylight continues to shrink. While there are still days where there is bright blue visible in the sky, the colors close to the ground are now muted.
I think this is a good day to share some color from six months ago, from a day that was close to the summer solstice.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:01 PM
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Listen... can you hear the waves?
Today's by the ocean walking destination was Crane Beach, in Ipswich. It's the middle of three places along the northern Massachusetts coastline that call to me for frequent visits, sandwiched on the north by Plum Island and on the south by the rocky shores of Cape Ann.
I clearly wasn't the only person who thought it was a perfect day for a walk on the beach!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 10:10 PM
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Monday, December 07, 2015
At the end of my Halibut Point wander I was walking along the rocks at the top of the quarry, enjoying the view of water near and far. I looked up, searching for a reasonable path to follow back to the trail. I saw a splash of color - an evergreen wearing very blue berries. What a beautiful sight!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:02 AM
Sunday, December 06, 2015
When I walked through Prescott Park (in Portsmouth, NH) yesterday a 2-sign sequence made me smile. The main restrooms in the park are closed for the season but there is a sometimes open set of restrooms for those who know where they are or who attempt to follow a handwritten but permanent sign sitting by one of the gardens.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 11:11 AM