Denise Goldberg's blog

Friday, October 20, 2017

by the sea

The Schoodic Peninsula is one of my favorite places in Acadia National Park. I love walking over the tilted rocks at the tip of the peninsula. It's also a peaceful spot to sit by the sea, to watch and listen to the ocean waves.

at the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula

Thursday, October 19, 2017

home again

A walk along Ocean Path this morning provided a good ending to our Acadia visit. The sun was very glary, both in the sky and as a reflection on the ocean. Even though Denise likes cloudy days I thought the brightness of the sun was pretty amazing.

Now that we're home it's time for Denise to sort through the photos from this short trip. That should be fun!

--- Rover
leaves along Ocean Path, Acadia National Park

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

from the top

Cadillac Mountain called to me at the end of the day. I headed up for a summit walk and a chance to enjoy subtle colors on the horizon.

from the top of Cadillac Mountain

to Schoodic

After a good breakfast we headed to the piece of Acadia National Park that lives on the Schoodic Peninsula. To get there from Bar Harbor we turned inland, crossing the bridge from Mt. Desert Island and eventually heading to the east. It took a bit over an hour to get to the entry point of the park at Schoodic. It's well worth the drive, especially since it is Denise's favorite part of the park.

We walked over the tilted rocks, stepping carefully and not going too close to the edge. We even sat a bit and watched the waves, listening to the sound of the ocean.

The air warmed up while we were there, back to T-shirt weather. That was really nice. One of these days the temperature is going to drop and stay cold, but for now I'm enjoying the warmer than fall days!

--- Rover
waves at the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

late light

As the sun was setting today I walked along Bar Harbor's Shore Path. The play of light on the water was very peaceful.

late day light, from the Shore Path in Bar Harbor, Maine

short wanders

Today was a day of short wanders. We were always in motion but we didn't hike any long trails. I don't think I can even list all of the places we wandered today. I think we spent most of the time following interesting colors.

It was a good day even with the cold start. I think the temperature moved into the 40s pretty quickly but it took quite a few hours to move to 50. Denise said that she was wearing the right layers to be comfortable.

We started the day with a quick trip to the Asticou Azalea Garden. There were some trees wearing color but I think it was more muted than when we visited last fall. After that quick out-of-the-park visit we headed into Acadia National Park to wander along Park Loop Road. We stopped whenever something looked interesting to Denise, sometimes doing a short hike, sometimes staying pretty close to our stopping point. There were places where colors were reflecting in water. I always like looking at the patterns in the reflections.

Our last stop of the day was at Jordon Pond. I don't know how Denise grabbed this photo without people in it - there were more people than I thought I'd see there. We did manage to find some quiet space though.

It was another good day.

--- Rover
autumn color on Jordan Pond


It was 34 degrees when we woke up this morning. Now it is a chilly 32 degrees, right at the freezing point. I wonder how long it will take to warm into the forecast low 50s.

Denise is wearing layers, and Blue and I found a cozy cubbyhole in Denise's new camera bag so we can stay warm. I plan to bounce along some trails today but I'm going to wait until it gets warmer. I'll stay inside until then - I just need to figure out how to peak out to see where we are wandering.

--- Rover
Rover & Blue in Denise's camera bag

Monday, October 16, 2017

driving & stopping

I feel like we were in the car for a long time today. Luckily Denise didn't get tired of driving!

We visited a friend in Yarmouth, Maine last night so we were a little closer to our destination than we would have been from home. We drove on the highway at the beginning but we jumped onto smaller roads that headed towards the coast just after we hit Augusta. We wanted to see the colors and Denise wanted to be able to stop to look around.

There were places where the colors appeared to be at peak and others where the leaves were already gone. And some trees were still wearing a lot of green. Hmm...

We stopped at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge for a bit. That didn't surprise me since Denise always seems to be fascinated by bridges. This one is a narrow (only two lanes wide) cable-stayed bridge; it's very pretty. (Oh! is that an OK word to use to describe a bridge?)

Next we decided to visit Stonington. It's on Deer Isle at the tip of the peninsula between Bucksport and Ellsworth. The coast of Maine is very jagged and the roads aren't too straight. It seemed like it took a long time to get to Stonington - probably because of the windy and narrow roads - but I think it was worth the drive. Walking around the town along the edge of the harbor was fun.

After our walk we continued on to Bar Harbor. Evin greeted us when we arrived at the Holland Inn, our home away from home for the next few days.

--- Rover

boats in Stonington Harbor

Sunday, October 15, 2017

a flower and a bee

Yesterday afternoon I headed to the Stevens-Coolidge Place to enjoy the flowers still in bloom. I suspect we're getting close to the "no more outside flowers" season; I'm always happy to see floral color.

There were still a few butterflies and bees enjoying the flowers.

a bee and an anemone
a bee enjoying a pink anemone

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Oh! it's been a while since I've written. I think I'd better write one blog entry as practice since I promised Denise I would write the blog entries while we travel so she can focus on photos.

I was just going to start bugging Denise about planning a trip to Acadia National Park when she told me we are going to be traveling there soon. I just checked the long-term forecast for Bar Harbor. It looks like it will be cooler than home with fall-like temperatures and sunshine. I know Denise would like some clouds. I wonder if the weather wizard pays any attention to requests from little red dogs. Oh, probably not! I can hope though.

I'm hoping to see some fall colors and I think Denise is too.

Maine foliage map

I went looking for a foliage report and found Maine's Official Fall Foliage Website. The area along the coast is shown as having moderate color. The words next to the map say: "Central and coastal Maine (zones 1, 2 and 3) are at 50 percent color change." I think that should be good.

As always, I'm looking forward to bouncing through Acadia!

--- Rover
Rover, on the boardwalk on Jesup Path
on the Jesup Path boardwalk, from our visit last fall

Friday, October 13, 2017

review :: Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

Was it fate that I received an email from SmugMug (the home of my photo galleries) with an offer for 20% off of gear from Peak Design? I had been thinking about my need for a smaller backpack to carry my photo gear and a look at the Peak Design web site told me it might be time.

My (existing) camera pack was still in good shape but it was much larger than I need for my everyday wanders. The old pack has a 37 L capacity; my new bag has a 20 L capacity. That was shocking at first glance, but when I looked at the difference between the size of the dSLR and lenses that I used to carry and the size of my Fuji X-T1 with lenses it's pretty obvious that smaller is more than acceptable.

I used the information on the Peak Design web site as a starting point, then I found a video that a photographer I respect published about the 20L version of the Everyday Backpack. Watching solidified my decision and I ordered the bag.

I've had my Everyday Backpack 20L for a bit over a week now; I've already used it for 4 or 5 photo wanders. The bag is comfortable and has plenty of space to carry camera, lenses, water bottle, extra layers, whatever I need for comfortable wandering.

Camera gear is loaded from either side of the pack and is easily accessible by wearing a single shoulder strap and swinging the bag around. Three included FlexFold Dividers can be configured to provide either two or three slots for camera gear; so far using 2 slots has been enough for camera and extra lenses. With either configuration there is still enough room in the top of the bag to carry extra layers and gear as needed.

The one thing that concerned me was the presence of a waist belt as opposed to a padded hip belt. As it turns out the waist belt works quite well, allowing me to transfer weight from the shoulder straps. So far the lack of padding isn't a problem.

I suspect there will be days when I use my larger bag but I also believe this one will quickly become my "go to" bag.

The Everyday Backpack has a minimalist look while providing needed functionality. I like it!

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

If you have a need for a bag like this and would like more information, take a look at the Peak Design Everyday Backpack product page and the support video Everyday Backpack Tips, Features, and Functions.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


As I walked in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge I spent some time watching a flock of Canada goose in the water. Quiet water and a quiet bird created a perfect reflection.

reflection, Canada goose

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

on the dike

In honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week the dike between the North Pool Overlook and parking lot 4 is open for walking this week at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. It's an area of the refuge that can be experienced if you opt to take a "behind the scenes" tour; other than that it is usually off limits.

After my time volunteering at the visitor center yesterday afternoon I headed into the refuge to walk the dike. It was a beautiful afternoon and a wonderful almost solo walk. I walked, I stood and watched birds, I absorbed the beauty around me.

on the dike, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

on the dike, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, October 09, 2017

color in oak leaves

I don't remember seeing so many oak leaves painted in beautiful colors before. I remember green fading directly to brown; I'm happy to change that memory this season.

oak leaves

Sunday, October 08, 2017


I headed out for a long (exercise) walk this morning under cloudy skies. With a temperature in the low 70s I wore summer weight clothes, no rain gear.

The light got progressively darker, and then the rain started. The rain was light at the start, then heavy. I was soaked by the time I finished but with summer-like temperatures I was quite warm. My shoes are stuffed with crumbled newspaper to speed up the drying process.

In spite of the wet it was a very good walk!

autumn leaves

Saturday, October 07, 2017


Inland waters are calm, creating a flat surface that reflects a subtle cloud cover.

coastal waters near Rye Harbor

Friday, October 06, 2017

sea gull standing

The sky was gray, and intermittent light rain was falling. It was a good day for me to walk along the coast, and a good day for this sea gull to stand on the edge of a boat and look around.

sea gull standing

Thursday, October 05, 2017

changing leaves

Today was a good day for a walk in the woods, a search for autumn color. Pops of orange and red stood out from the still predominantly green leaves.

autumn leaves

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

chasing butterflies

Wednesday morning is volunteer time at the Stevens-Coolidge Place. As we worked in the gardens I took a break periodically to watch the butterflies. Even as the flowers fade, the butterflies remain attracted to the zinnias, stopping to feed, flitting off again, always moving quickly.

I returned this afternoon to wander through the flowers, standing still to watch the butterflies. I attempted to capture butterflies with my camera whenever one of these beautiful creatures decided to pose for me.

monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly perched on a zinnia

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


It's another sign of autumn, a bright red splash of color against still-green leaves.

red berries

Monday, October 02, 2017

mixed seasons

A walk at Maudslay State Park this afternoon highlighted mixed seasons.

Bright pink dahlias are still in bloom in one of the gardens. The flowers feel like summer, yet some of the leaves on the trees have started to change into their autumn clothes.


a leaf wearing autumn color

Saturday, September 30, 2017

three leaves

While most of the trees here are still wearing green leaves, some are showing autumn colors. I was delighted to see three leaves in bright red highlighted by late day light.

three leaves in red

Friday, September 29, 2017

quiet waters

The water was quiet in this inlet just south of Odiorne Point State Park. As I look past the sheltering rocks, ocean waves can be seen.

quiet waters, just south of Odiorne Point State Park

Thursday, September 28, 2017

the smell of paint

Can you smell the paint?

I headed to Salem today knowing that there were artists working on murals both high on buildings and on chunks for fence surrounding a National Grid property. The North Shore Community Development Coalition is holding a block party on Saturday to celebrate the Punto Urban Art Museum. Today was two days before the event; knowing that I wanted to see some of the artists at work I thought today would be a good day for a visit.

an artist at work, creating a mural
an artist at work

mural by Chor Boogie
the start of a mural by Chor Boogie

More photos from today can be seen in the gallery walls and water :: Salem, MA starting with this photo and ending here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

late day light

It's hard to believe how fast the daylight is shrinking. Sunset today was early, at 6:32 PM.

I headed to Harold Parker State Park late in the daylight hours. The interesting afternoon clouds dissipated before my early evening walk, but a background of autumn leaves and ripples in the water created interesting reflections.

ripples and color, in a pond at Harold Parker State Forest

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


As I was walking in Odiorne State Park intertwined yellow leaves and a teal colored chain link fence caught my eye. The splash of bright color was wonderful.

intertwined yellow leaves and a teal-colored fence

Monday, September 25, 2017

by the sea

A continuation of unseasonable warmth drew me to the New Hampshire coast for a walk by the sea. I shared this coastal moment with a sea gull standing on a rock, enjoying the sea breeze.

sea gull posing, just south of Odiorne Point State Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Warm temperatures have returned for (what is forecast to be) a few days.

As the daylight moved closer to sunset I headed to the garden to enjoy the flowers. Some have clearly faded over the last few days but some are still wearing bright colors.

gloriosa daisy

Friday, September 22, 2017

autumn enters

On this first day of autumn the feel of the weather matches the season with rain and cool air.

While the trees are still predominantly green, some leaves are showing early color.

autumn leaves

Thursday, September 21, 2017

late season dahlias

As the calendar moves closer to colder weather there are still many flowers in bloom.

The beauty and variety of dahlias always catch my eye.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Overnight fog outlined the petals of this very pink aster with droplets of water.

an aster covered in water droplets

Monday, September 18, 2017


I love seeing globe thistle in the prime season growing season. The "flower" is spiky, purple, and provides a feeding spot for bees. As autumn approaches the flowers are evolving. Some have turned to dark brown, others retain some of their color and wear a hat of brown.

globe thistle, fading from purple to brown

I think globe thistle are beautiful. Do you agree?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

morning fog

I woke up this morning to a sea of fog. I immediately headed to the Stevens-Coolidge Place, wanting to see the pop of floral color against the dense fog.

a foggy morning at Stevens-Coolidge Place

Some flowers are still in full bloom; others are wilting into an end-of-season state.

I love wandering in the garden during this seasonal transition.

still in full bloom, gloriosa daisy

wilted, blackeyed susan

More photos from my early morning garden visit can be seen in the gallery summer :: 2017 starting with this photo and ending here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

early color

Although the calendar says it is still summer for another week, some trees are showing a sign of autumn. I can see a rusty tinge to the sea of green leaves with occasional trees wearing a few leaves painted in red.

early autumn color

Thursday, September 14, 2017

a sea of yellow

Colby Farm in Newbury, MA plants a field of sunflowers each year with the intent of allowing people to walk around (and possibly through) the field. After hearing that the sunflowers were (finally) in bloom, I tried to stop there on my way home from my volunteer stint at Parker River last Sunday. It turned out that a lot of other people had the same idea; there were cars illegally parked on the side of the road, a long line to get into the parking lot at the farm, and a wall of people standing in front of the field. I opted to drive by instead of stopping.

I headed back to the sunflower field on Monday where I was greeted by a sea of yellow. There were bees on many of the flowers and there were occasional monarch butterflies flitting by.


If you'd like to see more views of sunflowers, jump to the gallery a sea of yellow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Many flowers have faded as autumn draws closer; others have retained bright colors. I love the deep pink of these echinacea. The bees seem to be attracted to them too.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

art at Maudslay

The annual outdoor sculpture show at Maudslay State Park opened last weekend. Yesterday was a good day for exploring the art scattered through the park.

art at Maudslay sign

Even with the sculptures concentrated in large open areas in the park I'm not sure that I found all of them. It's always fun to wander through art living in unexpected places.

The two pieces I've shared below have a relationship with trees; one uses the tree as a focus for the sculpture and the other uses the tree as a presentation method.

Push / Pull, by Muriel Angelic
Push / Pull, by Muriel Angelic

Autumnal Green Man, by Sue Gately
Autumnal Green Man, by Sue Gately

The felted Autumnal Green Man is my favorite of the show.

More photos of the sculptures can be viewed in the gallery wandering Maudslay :: 2017 starting with this photo and ending here.

Monday, September 11, 2017

a Chanticleer visit

Although the day was gray and threatening rain I headed to Chanticleer Garden last Wednesday for a quick flower visit. As the end of the growing season gets closer, the flowers are tall, the beds full of life.

Some of the flowers were still showing prime blooms while others have started to fade. Flowers at all stages of life are wonderful.

garden view, at Chanticleer

More photos from Chanticleer can be seen in the gallery two gardens starting with this photo and ending here.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

late afternoon

As I was driving home from Parker River late this afternoon the clouds and reflections in Lake Cochichewick caught my eye. I stopped to walk and to enjoy the view.

clouds and reflection, Lake Cochichewick

Saturday, September 09, 2017


Birds are very much attracted to this bush. Many more than the two exposed here were perched within the branches.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

to Washington's Headquarters

The rain moved out overnight leaving a gray early morning sky. As the day progressed the sky wore bright blue decorated with fluffy white clouds.

I headed to the Valley Forge National Historical Park thinking I would follow the Joseph Plumb Martin trail in a big loop. Instead I headed out and back on that trail, following an offshoot that led to Washington's Headquarters.

Walking through that very small house was quite interesting. I understand that the house is about 80% original; some restoration was needed. The kitchen hearth was huge. The bedrooms upstairs were small, the beds were quite short. The stairs were worn, and the ceilings appeared to get shorter floor by floor.

It was a good walk.

Washington's Headquarters