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Thursday, May 25, 2017

early iris

As the spring evolves, the flowers in bloom change. As I walked in the garden on this rainy afternoon I saw my first iris of the season. I've always been fascinated by the delicate and intricate designs of these flowers.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

pink pops

Maudslay State Park was created from an old estate that was full of flowering plants and trees. Walking in the woods in the season of flowers can be a delight; the colors of both azalea and rhododendron pop from the surrounding green.

pink rhododendron

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Tiny yellow flowers decorate the landscape; it's time for buttercups!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

almost open

A few azalea and rhododendron are in full bloom but many are just starting to open.

azalea, almost open

Saturday, May 20, 2017

a walk in the woods

This afternoon I headed to the Harold Parker State Forest for a walk in the woods. Clear skies and quiet waters allowed trees to form a perfect reflection.

trees and reflection, at Harold Parker State Forest

Friday, May 19, 2017


I started by focusing on the full bloom of a lilac, walking close enough to smell the flowers. Then I realized it was the individual tiny flowers that were pulling me closer.


Thursday, May 18, 2017


Periwinkle is the star in this sea of flowers.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The petals of a flower open, wearing a bright color and subtle signs of decay at the same time.

a flower opening

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

forget me not

A tiny flower wears a name that asking to be remembered.

As I walked the gardens at Long Hill today I saw carpets of blue forget me nots, simply beautiful.

forget me not

More flowers from today's garden visit can be viewed in the gallery Long Hill :: 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017


I find the simple beauty of a single flower to be amazing.

tulip in pink
a tulip wearing bright pink

Sunday, May 14, 2017

wet and windy

Today's weather was wet, windy, and a bit chilly with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s for much of the day. Before my volunteer time in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon, I headed to the refuge for a wet walk, starting on the inland side of the refuge.

2 Canada Goose and a robin

While the beach in the refuge is closed for the piping plover nesting season I was able to walk to the sand north of the closure point and look to the south. It was almost high tide, and the ocean was quite active.

near high tide, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

I feel a sense of calm whenever I visit the refuge.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

to Maudslay

This morning felt like a good time for a visit to Maudslay State Park. It had been several weeks since my last visit; I wanted to check the state of the flowers.

Maudslay, the former Moseley family estate on the Merrimack River, has azaleas and rhododendrons scattered through the property. These wonderful flowers usually bloom in May and June. Today I found dogwood in full bloom with the azaleas and rhododendrons just starting to show color. It's always a good day for a walk at Maudslay; I know I'll return to check the spring colors more than once.

Some trees show full leaves, others have leaves just emerging in light shades of spring green.

green grass and trees, at Maudslay State Park

As I was walking I looked up to enjoy pink rhododendron, and down to see pops of purple periwinkle in a sea of green.



Friday, May 12, 2017

flowering trees

Bright colors jump from flowering trees creating delightful scenes.

flowering trees

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Sometimes it's important to look down. Tiny flowers in purple hug the ground, sharing their intricacy with those who look for beauty.

viola sororia
viola sororia

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

bridge of flowers

After yesterday's visit with butterflies I headed to Shelburne Falls for a first visit to The Bridge of Flowers. I'm lucky that a friend told me about this wonderful place recently; that was the first I'd heard of it.

The Bridge of Flowers lives on an old trolley bridge crossing the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls. Two years after the street railway company went bankrupt, a local woman proposed turning the bridge into a garden. It was opened in 1929 and was repaired in 1983 after concerns about deterioration of the bridge structure. The bridge serves as a home to a beautiful garden and it also carries an 8-inch water line carrying up to half a million gallons of water a day. I suspect that the presence of the water line added to the push for restoration. I'm glad the work was done; it's a beautiful sight!

The entry to the bridge warns against 4-legged visitors.

no dogs, bridge of flowers

The bridge was full of tulips and other early spring flowers. Tulips at home are fully open and nearing the end of their bloom; those on the bridge were just opening.

tulip on bridge of flowers

When I finished communing with the flowers I walked along the river, heading towards a dam on the Deerfield River.

in Shelburne Falls

More photos can be seen in the gallery a bridge, a river, flowers!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017


It was a good day for a butterfly visit. I headed out early with a destination of the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. Since it was a school day there was a good chunk of time when I was the only visitor, sharing the space with conservatory staff and the butterflies.

I wandered with my camera, but I also took time to just stand and absorb my surroundings, to watch the butterflies flit through the air, to feel a butterfly or two landing on me for bit of a visit.

malachite butterfly

More butterflies from today can be seen in the gallery butterflies :: 2017 starting with this photo and ending here.

Monday, May 08, 2017

look to the trees

Flowering trees are part of the magic of spring. The blooms disappear quickly; they are beautiful while here.

flowering tree

Sunday, May 07, 2017

painted petals

The petals of this tulip almost look as if they are painted.

tulip petals

Saturday, May 06, 2017


Can you see the wind? I love to try to capture flowers in all conditions; the wind created a sense of motion in this photo of a dwarf iris.

dwarf iris

Friday, May 05, 2017

photos! two gardens

Photos from my quick wanders last week at Jenkins Arboretum and Chanticleer Garden are available for viewing in the gallery two gardens.

I'm lucky that these two beautiful properties are quite close to my mom & sister's house. The gardens always entice me to wander through the flowers.


The flowers confirm my thought that the seasons here in coastal Massachusetts lag those in southeastern Pennsylvania by several weeks. The tulips here (at home) are still emerging; those in the gardens I visited in Pennsylvania are nearing the end of their bloom.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


A tiny flower in pink wears a fluted shape.

a tiny flower

Monday, May 01, 2017

water droplets

Walking in the garden after a rain is a treat. It's wonderful seeing the decoration that water droplets add to the flowers.

water droplets on flower

perfectly said

I was reading a column in the Boston Globe this morning when some words about the president of our country caught my eye. The description of him is a perfect match to his behavior.


The Leader of the Free World is a man with the emotional maturity of a colicky infant.

(And don’t even get me started on his latest “Don’t know much about history” moment when he asked, during the interview, why the Civil War was necessary and couldn’t be “worked out.” Maybe he should give Frederick Douglass a call.)


credit Renee Graham, Boston Globe

The full Boston Globe article OK, then, Mr. President, I’ll just see myself out is well worth reading.