Denise Goldberg's blog

Monday, September 29, 2014

sipping nectar

I followed this beautiful butterfly around the garden until it settled for a moment, sipping nectar from some tiny purple flowers.

butterfly, enjoying nectar

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Most of the trees are still wearing green, sometimes tinged with a little brown. Scattered through the green are a few trees showing bright fall colors.

maple in red

a squash and a pumpkin

What do you see? When I walked by this autumn display the first thing that came to mind was a (green spotted) goose with its neck curled around a bit of orange.

I know, it's a squash and a pumpkin... but I think I'd rather see a goose!

what do you see? A squash and a pumpkin, or a green goose?

Friday, September 26, 2014

autumn allium

I'm fascinated by the changes in plants as they move from flower to their end-of-season garb.

From summer...

to autumn...

an allium gone to seed

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


It's officially autumn and I think it must be time to visit Acadia again. I've just started bugging Denise to put a (quick) trip on the calendar.

While I'm waiting I've been wandering through the photos from our Acadia visits in May and June. I'm pretty sure we will be visiting after the leaves have turned from green to bright colors to brown. We'll probably see bare branches on our next trip; it seems that the autumn colors are popping out earlier than usual this year.

--- Rover

high on Cadillac Mountain in late day light
late day light on Cadillac Mountain, June 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014


A quiet pond strewn with bits of green growth in the still waters and with reflections of the surrounding trees provides a peaceful spot to sit and ponder.



I love the pop of color in this late season flower.

a pop! of colors

Saturday, September 20, 2014

in the garden

This weekend is a Bedrock Gardens open house weekend. My last visit there was the first open house of the season in May. That's quite a while ago; today felt like a good day for a return visit.

There were still flowers in bloom, many nearing the end of their growing season but still decorating the landscape with bright color. Beyond the flowers, it's always fun to wander through the sculptures that dot the property. It's a place of calm, a place of simple beauty.

a bit of end-of-life droopiness in a still beautiful and bright flower

More photos from today's wander can be seen in the gallery Bedrock Gardens - 2014 starting with this photo and ending here.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Some flowers are still wearing bright colors, other wear petals that have dried to brown.

some flowers dried, some still wearing color

Thursday, September 18, 2014

summer fading

A flower, a memory of summer fades into fall.

summer memories, fading

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

waiting, watching

This little chipmunk stood perfectly still as I watched, hoping he would agree to pose for my camera. He did!

waiting, watching, a chipmunk ready to run!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It feels too early to me. It's mid-September, a full week before the autumnal equinox, and I'm starting to see brightly colored leaves. The change in the weather normally lags the calendar dates but this season seems to want an early start.

Early or not, I always enjoy nature's painted leaves.

painted leaves

Monday, September 15, 2014


It's the season of change.

We're just a week away from the autumn equinox; it feels like subtle changes can be seen and felt everywhere. The trees have changed from a vibrant growing season green to green tinged with rust, flowers are losing color, and the temperature is bouncing from chilly nights to somewhat warmer days.

Fall is in the air.

a sign of the season, colors changing to brown

Comfort has already dictated a return to flannel sheets, and my new fireplace chased a chill from the room for me late Saturday afternoon. (I know... it's a bit early for the fireplace, but it's so comfortable!)

Sunday, September 14, 2014


The tide direction had just switched to incoming when I started walking on Crane Beach today. There was a broad swath of sand decorated with patterns created by water.

It was beautiful.

patterns of water at low tide

A few more photos from today's walk on the beach can be seen in the gallery Crane Beach 2014 starting with this photo and ending here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

a walk in the woods

The temperature today felt a bit nippy (for September), the sky was covered in layers of gray clouds.

I chose to head to Maudslay State Park this afternoon for a brisk walk in the woods. The leaves are still predominantly green though there are sections that seem to be wearing a bit of brown with an occasional bit of red popping out. There were still flowers in the gardens and wildflowers in the woods, a nice spot of color.

a solo clover blossom

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

a splash of color

I love being able to walk to gardens that are wearing flowers in beautiful colors.

opening, showing a mixture of colors

Monday, September 08, 2014


Funny, I never knew that living strawflowers already look like they have been dried!

beauty in strawflowers

Sunday, September 07, 2014

frog, painted

There's a small pool in the rose garden at the Stevens-Coolidge Place. There are lily pads, and on some days there are frogs sitting and sunning. Today there were three frogs enjoying the pond, one perched on a lily pad, the other two popping their heads up then disappearing when they realized they were not alone.

I was lucky to meet this frog, a beauty with golden circles surrounding his eyes and gold stripes down his very green body.

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Wow - the storm that just blew through here was wild!

I headed out for a late afternoon walk under skies that still wore white fluffy clouds against a bright blue background. I wasn't quite at my planned "turn for home" spot when a man standing by his house called out to me. He told me there was a tornado warning, suggesting that I head home. I thanked him and decided that turning towards home would be smart.

There was still some visible blue in the sky but the clouds grew dark. I heard the rumble of thunder and saw the flash of lightening. I walked faster.

The rain started when I was a short two blocks from home. In the last block a driver pulled over, stopped, and told me she would be happy to drive me home; the rain was coming down hard enough at that point that it was difficult to see. I thanked her, telling her that I lived in the condos on the other side of the fence. It's nice to have people show they care, isn't it?

Home again, I switched from dripping to dry clothes, dried the floor (from my traipsing through wearing very wet clothes!), and settled in. I closed one set of windows to stop the driving rain from entering, leaving the others open.

I watched the driving rain, listened to the downpour and the thunder, saw the flashes of lightening. I love watching wild storms, especially when I know I am in a safe spot.

What an awesome storm!

before the rain

It was a hot and muggy day, with the forecast calling for late day (severe) thunderstorms.

I managed to get a bike ride in before the temperature rose to an uncomfortable level, then decided to head for the New Hampshire coast to do some walking. I chose the boat launching area at Odiorne Point State Park as my wandering spot, walking through the woods and onto the somewhat rocky shore line of the Piscataqua River. I continued walking until I heard the sound of distant repeating thunder. The sky was still showing blue but continued thunder led me to jump onto a trail that headed in the direction of my car. I chatted with someone on the trail who had just heard there were severe thunderstorms in Exeter, a bit inland from our current location. I walked faster, arriving at my car before the rain started.

I thought about waiting out the rain but knowing there was a forecast for late day thunderstorms I turned back toward home.

a mid-tide view, Odiorne Point State Park

Friday, September 05, 2014


A sunflower starts to open, reaching for the sun.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014


A blue sky, puffs of clouds, calm waters...

blue and clouds, reflecting
from the inland side of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


This sculpted lady watches over the butterflies at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory.

watching over butterflies

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


A sunflower is painted by late afternoon light.

sunflower smiles

Monday, September 01, 2014

a giant

As I was wandering slowly, enjoying the butterflies at Magic Wings yesterday one of the staff members approached and asked if I wanted to take a photo of the bug on her arm.

Wow... he was huge!

Would you like one (or more) of these wandering in your garden?

some kind of stick insect... living at Magic Wings in Massachusetts, very far from its home somewhere (I think) in the south Pacific

This creature hails from somewhere in the South Pacific. I believe he is a type of green walkingstick insect.


Funny, when I clicked to look at the channel guide on the television last night a message popped up instead telling me that Verizon was upgrading all FiOS customers to have (Internet) upload speed match download speed. I read it, smiled, and ran to my computer.

People are sharing content on the Internet more than ever, a trend that is expected to continue. Starting today (July 21), existing and new Verizon FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds, making it easier and faster to share. This speed upgrade is free to current customers, and comes at a time when people are uploading more and more information to the cloud, sharing videos and photos, and video chatting.

Full news release is here.

The link indicated that the upgrades would happen automatically over the next years but that signing up for Verizon's reward program would trigger an immediate upgrade. It's possible that my connection had already been upgraded but I didn't check. I simply logged into the Verizon at and turned the rewards program on. Soon after that I received the message that my service had been upgraded.

When I switched to FiOS I chose the fastest residential service available knowing that I wanted good upload speeds for my photos. That was 75Mbps down and 35Mbps up. Now? Verizon's speedtest shows my service at 75Mbps up and 75Mbps down, cool!

Verizon speed test

Thanks Verizon!