Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Can you see the wind?
The temperature yesterday was in the low 50s but it felt much colder as the wind-whipped air flowed from the ocean. I was happy I had thrown a fleece vest and a rain jacket into the car before I headed to Reid State Park - they were the right layers to keep me warm.
High tide directed my feet along the rocky coastline.
from Portland to midCoast Maine :: 2015 starting with this photo and ending here.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:19 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2015
I headed for the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge late this morning, arriving an hour after the tide started the transition from high tide to low. The sand near the water was firm, a good walking surface.
It was a good day to walk by the ocean, to listen to the sound of the waves, to look at the water, to marvel at the reflections of the clouds on the still wet sand.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:06 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Longwood Gardens' chrysanthemum exhibit was still in place when I visited last weekend. I was quite surprised by the number of (what appeared to be different) flowers that wear the same name.
More photos can be seen in the gallery Longwood Gardens :: 2015.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:26 PM
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I'm sitting at Logan Airport waiting for a plane.
That's really only partially true - I'm waiting, the pilots are waiting, the plane is sitting outside. There are ground delays in Philadelphia that have moved our scheduled departure out two hours so we're waiting for permission to board and take off.
The funny thing is, I just looked at my boarding pass. The departure time shows our new projected departure time of 7:28 PM. The next line shows the expected arrival time, at 7:17 PM. Boston and Philadelphia both live in the same time zone so I don't think time will move backwards between these two cities. That's an oops! a rather interesting defect (in the software).
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 5:54 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
A pair of butterflies perch on a green leaf, one moving, one standing still.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:41 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Brr! The temperature stayed chilly today and the wind was howling. To counter the effects of the cool air I decided it was a good day for a greenhouse visit. I headed to the greenhouses of the Lyman Estate in the hopes of seeing some color.
The bougainvillea in the greenhouse created a splash of bright pink that was visible from outside. As I walked into the next greenhouse I was treated by the sight of orchids in many different colors. Visiting flowers today made me happy.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:01 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
This morning was a butterfly morning. I headed to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory to spend some time watching the delicate creatures fly, feed, and light on plants and people. I had several butterflies land on me as I was enjoying their antics and attempting to capture them in photos.
The temperature was quite warm in the conservatory; the butterflies were happy and active. Some were flying through the air, some were perched on flowers drinking and fluttering their wings.
Some butterflies never seemed to stand still.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:42 PM
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Friday, November 06, 2015
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Sunday, November 01, 2015
The sky was gray, the air was dry, and the temperature was reasonable for a November morning. November! How did that happen?
It felt like a good day for a walk in the woods so I headed to Maudslay State Park. As I walked my feet crunched through drying leaves on the ground. I followed a loop, passing through sleeping gardens, walking among trees, smiling a hello at other people wandering in the park.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:37 PM
I've been wearing a Microsoft Band since the formal release of the product earlier this year. I like the tracking ability it provides, following both activity and sleep.
I was happy with the band other than the difficulty I was having getting the charging cable to connect and be recognized. Unfortunately it connected on the underside of the band, the part that was exposed to sweat from exercise.
A few weeks ago I saw the announcement of the new Microsoft Band 2 with a release date of October 30, 2015. I looked at the product information and saw enough to know I wanted to upgrade. I placed an order on the Microsoft web site and sat back to wait.
Friday was October 30th, the day that the new Band 2 was officially available. My new band shipped directly from China with a delivery date planned for the 30th. The box was adorned with this warning:
The original Band was fairly comfortable to wear but the feel of the new band and the resulting comfort is much better. I believe the Gorilla Glass face will wear much better than the face of the old band.
I had my old band set to show the time and day when it wasn't in a band function. The options with the old band was to show the time or to leave the display blank. I'm using it as a watch as well as a fitness device so I chose to show the time. There is a new option on the new band for the time, "rotate on". That means that the display is blank when I am not actively using it; rotating my wrist wakes it up to show the time.
For the most part the functions match those on the previous version of the band. There is the addition of "floors" tracking which tracks the elevation change. My floors count for the day is currently 29. Hmm... I hiked at a park this morning and then did a fast walk this afternoon. There were a few hills, but the equivalent of 29 floors? That feels a bit off. That's OK though, it's the distance that I'm really interested in and based on my knowledge of the routes near home the distance and steps logged still appear reasonable.
So far I'm quite happy with the upgrade.