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Sunday, February 26, 2017


A line of birdhouses high on a building provides space for nesting.


Saturday, February 25, 2017


This morning I headed to Kittery Point. I was sure that parks and trails were still wet and muddy; I still hoped to find a good place to walk.

As I drove further along the New Hampshire section of I-95 fog enveloped the road. The structure of the interstate bridge over the Piscataqua River was visible when I was on it but the view to the side was pure white. Fog.

I took the first exit in Maine, following Route 103 to Chauncy Creek Road. I stopped near a section of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge to walk and enjoy the fog. It was simply amazing!

kittery Point, in the fog

You'll find more foggy photos in the gallery south coastal Maine :: 2017.


It can be very difficult (and upsetting) to read or listen to the news lately. There are days when I don't listen, but I always read the Boston Globe.

There were two articles in yesterday's paper that jumped out at me.

The first, titled Trump’s obsession with loyalty hurts his ability to govern was written by Sarah Hurwitz. The article is well worth reading; here are a few of the words:

Wise presidents understand that to run a large, mind-bogglingly complex government that handles the highest-stakes challenges imaginable, you need the top talent — people with expertise and experience who share your vision and are committed to serving their country — and you take them wherever you can find them.


It seems that for Trump, the key question is not: Are you loyal to American democracy, or Republican party values, or the American people? It is: Are you loyal to Donald Trump? After his erratic behavior during his first month in office, it’s likely harder to find people who can answer that question in the affirmative.

quote from Boston Globe article

The second article, titled Witches are apparently casting a spell on Donald Trump states that "some practicing witches will be casting a collective spell every waning crescent moon until Trump is out of office — to keep the president from harming people and nature".

If you can't play the video posted above, click to here view it on YouTube, or click here to read the full spell.

Friday, February 24, 2017

a good walk

A brisk walk this morning took care of my exercise needs but that wasn't enough for the day. Warm air tempted me to spend more time outside.

Knowing there was more than a chance that the park wouldn't be walkable, I still headed to Maudslay State Park this afternoon. There was melting snow on the ground that exposed both wet grass and mud. I spoke with someone at the park office and was told that the park was a mess, muddy and mucky. She suggested a circle following mainly paved roads instead.

I headed down the road that passed by Maudslay, crossing a foot-traffic-only bridge onto land owned by a monastery. I continued on the road through the monastery until I turned right on Route 113, turning right again on Hoyt's Lane which led back to my starting point in the park.

There were a few other people walking the same route, a good choice for a day like today when pavement was preferred over mud.

a tree stands tall, surrounded by snow

Thursday, February 23, 2017

spring-like interlude

The calendar still reads February but the air outside felt like spring today. It was a good day for a brisk walk, for a first outing of the year wearing shorts!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
from Sunday's walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


My eyes are drawn to these delicate flowers. They look (to me) like the creation of an artist, a natural painting.

queen's tears
Queen's Tears, (Billbergia nutans)

Monday, February 20, 2017

low tide

Low tide, wet sand, and filtered sunlight created a subtle reflection of the clouds.

low tide at Jenness State Beach
at Jenness State Beach, Rye, NH

Sunday, February 19, 2017


The calendar says we're still in winter but the air temperature today was a wonderful taste of spring. I headed to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge much earlier than needed for my assigned time to staff the visitor center; I needed time for a walk on the beach.

It was low tide when I arrived, a good time to find pools of water in interesting shapes.

There were other people walking the beach too. We shared quick conversations as we crossed paths and I had space to myself as well.

The refuge is a place of both peace and beauty.

on the beach at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, February 17, 2017

winter color

Snow is beautiful but I find I need regular access to bright colors. I headed to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden today to see if any flowers were blooming in the indoor spaces.

When I first walked in I saw mainly green. As I slowly walked and looked, I saw some larger flowers as well as many small pops of color.

It was a good visit.

flowering maple

More photos are available for viewing in the gallery Tower Hill Botanic Garden :: 2017.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


As predicted, snow fell overnight. With temperatures close to freezing the snow clung to trees, winter's decoration.

snow-covered trees behind and ice and snow-covered pond