Denise Goldberg's blog

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Plum Island afternoon

It was a beautiful late fall afternoon with temperatures barely edging above 50 degrees, (mostly) blue skies, and howling winds. It was a day that demanded some outdoor wandering, a good day to head to Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

With the sun low in a sky wearing a few clouds, the changes in light were quick, bright to dark and back to bright as puffs of white floated past the sun. I was amazed at the very quick changes in the lighting of the landscape.

There were birds all over; floating in the water in the wetlands, sitting in trees, flying. If you look closely there are marks in the sky of this first photo, marks that I first thought were smudges on the lens. Ah, nope, that's not it - the smudges were birds flying.

Parker River, sky dotted with birds flying

The wetlands wore golden colored grass.

Pools of water decorated sculpted sand on the beach.

As always, Parker River showed beauty with grace.

Parker River wetlands, autumn grasses

Parker River beach, sculpted sand, water

Parker River, sun escaping behind a cloud changing the color of the sand

More photos from today can be seen in the gallery Parker River through the seasons - 2010. Newer images are at the beginning of the gallery.