Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
As the air warmed I headed for the coast and Halibut Point State Park in Rockport.
The water in the quarry wore ripples from the wind, the walls of the quarry wore patterns of ice. I'm always amazed at how long ice stays in place as the air temperature starts to warm.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:06 PM
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
I gave in to a desire for a bit more reach for my Fuji X-T1, purchasing a Fuji XF 55-200mm lens. A quick mid-day walk (with camera) yesterday provided a good first impression.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:16 AM
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
I planned my Parker River National Wildlife Refuge wander today after consulting the tide chart. The coast beckoned in the morning but the afternoon looked better; I wanted to walk on the beach as the tide was going out.
The air was a little cooler than it was yesterday but it still felt like an early spring day. It was a perfect day to walk by the sea and to listen to the ocean.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:45 PM
Saturday, February 20, 2016
When I headed to the New Hampshire coast this morning the sky was still wearing gray and the tide was high.
I stopped at the northern edge of Odiorne Point State Park for a bit, then headed on to Portsmouth.
As I got closer, I saw that the Memorial Bridge was in an up position. It was still up when I parked next to Prescott Park. As I stood close to the water, a massive freighter moved by, pushed by tugboats out to sea. I walked a bit, looked around, then walked across the (now down) Memorial Bridge. I reversed direction and was about to exit the bridge when I heard the lift warning. I turned again and walked toward the lift section of the bridge. Cars stop pretty close to the entrance of the bridge but the gate that spans the sidewalk of the bridge has a high section that allows pedestrians to walk closer.
I watched as tugboats maneuvered another large freighter. They pushed it inland, up the Piscataqua River. It moved under the lift section of the Memorial Bridge, then under the lift section of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge a little further inland.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:34 PM
It will be a while yet before I see this year's tulips in gardens near home. Curious, I checked my photo galleries from last spring. I captured one tulip in late April, with most of the bloom showing up several weeks later in a mid-May timeframe.
This solo tulip is from Tower Hill Botanic Garden's flower arrangement competition last weekend. It feeds my dreams of tulips.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:38 AM
Friday, February 19, 2016
The silverware drawer in my kitchen is a bit odd in that it has a divider that slides, halving the available vertical space. That means that the organizer that holds the silverware is only about 1.5 inches tall. The organizer was cracked in places; it needed to be replaced. I looked for a replacement - either a direct replacement of the single piece unit, or separate containers that fit together. Everything I found was too deep.
I put my need for a replacement silverware organizer in the back of my mind. Every so often I'd look around to see what I could find.
What luck! A recent web search sent me to OrganizeMyDrawer.com, a company that constructs custom-made organizers of clear acrylic materials. I measured the old organizer, I measured the available space in the drawer, and then I measured again (since there are no refunds for mis-measured orders). I placed my order on Sunday. My organizer was constructed and shipped on Monday, and it arrived here today.
I'm very happy both with the service and with the quality of the product. It's awesome!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
As I looked at the floral arrangements during my visit to Tower Hill Botanic Garden I was fascinated to see some of the containers used for the flowers.
This simple glass vase showed flower stems with the addition of wire rolled into balls sitting in the water. While my focus was on capturing flowers I thought the decorative contents of the vase deserved a photo too.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:02 AM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
There was snow on the ground this morning covered with a layer of crunch. The snow changed to freezing rain and sleet overnight, waiting until later in the day to change to heavy rain.
The temperature when I woke up was below freezing; now it's a warm 54 degrees. It was a good evening for a walk in non-winter conditions. It was warm, wet, and very windy.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:34 PM
Monday, February 15, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
This morning I headed to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden to enjoy the second weekend of their Winter in Bloom celebration. I spent time in the two indoor garden spaces that house plants during the cold months, and I enjoyed the individual designers and garden club exhibit in the gallery connecting the indoor gardens.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 5:17 PM
Friday, February 12, 2016
By the time I headed out for my early evening walk this evening the temperature had "warmed" to 21 degrees. There was no wind, and my layers and movement kept me quite comfortable. The next two days are going to test my winter dressing skills - with the high temperature tomorrow is predicted to be 18 degrees with the high on Sunday only 8 degrees. Along with the cold air the wind is supposed to be howling.
The wind chill warning is posted from 4 PM Saturday through noon on Sunday. The words in the warning call for "life threatening wind chills and strong wind gusts with wind chill readings between 20 and 30 below zero". It goes on to state that wind chills in this range can bring on frostbite in as little as 10 minutes. Brr!
Something jumped out of the forecast at me though. While the non-wind-assisted predicted high temperature on Sunday is 8 degrees, a high of 50 is predicted for Tuesday. That's just wacky!
forecast courtesy of the National Weather Service, Taunton, MA
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:45 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Monday, February 08, 2016
Sunday, February 07, 2016
My walking destination this afternoon was a bit out of character; I looked at buildings instead of natural beauty.
I visited the North Canal Historic District in Lawrence, MA. I was treated to the sight of reflections of the pure blue sky and the mill buildings that line the canal.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:44 PM
Saturday, February 06, 2016
I visited the Lyman Estate Greenhouses this morning to satisfy my need for color.
There were a few camellias in bloom. This one in bright pink gave me a chance to capture the edges of the flower petals.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:49 PM
Friday, February 05, 2016
Today's winter storm warning was posted until 5 PM. At precisely that time I looked outside to see clear sky colored by the setting sun. It was amazing to see a cast of pink thrown across the snow.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:39 PM
The weather forecast for today changed yesterday afternoon from a little bit of snow - less than an inch - to the current prediction calling for 5 to 9 inches of the white stuff. It was still raining when I woke up this morning. It's snowing now, and the National Weather Service shows the current condition as "snow fog".
It's white outside.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 9:06 AM
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
The temperature edged up to the mid-50s by late in the afternoon. Light rain fell all day, whipped by a strong wind.
I headed out for my evening walk clad in light layers topped by a rain jacket, snow sneakers on my feet. I didn't need the insulation but the second plus to those shoes is that they are waterproof. It was good to be dry while walking in very wet conditions.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:50 PM
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Today's forecast calls for sunshine; even on gray days last summer's flowers bring color and smiles.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:33 AM