Denise Goldberg's blog

Friday, November 24, 2017


Yesterday felt like a good day for a walk on the beach. I headed to Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine for a bit of a wander.

As soon as I arrived I heard the sound of the waves. It's always good to walk by the ocean.

waves at Reid State Park

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


A bright pink bougainvillea brings a touch of color on this gray and rainy day.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

return to The Point

My last visit to check the murals of The Point in Salem was in late September. I chose not to visit in October since Salem with its history of witchcraft really gears up for Halloween. With today's (relative) November warmth it was time for a walk among the murals. During my last visit I saw murals in progress; today I saw the finished art.

I was fascinated by the change in the mural titled "The Lovechild 2017" by Chor Boogie. Only the top of the mural was in progress when I saw it in September. The full mural is fascinating!

mural by Chor Boogie

mural by Chor Boogie

mural by Chor Boogie

More photos from today's visit are in the gallery walls and water :: Salem, MA starting with this photo and ending here.

flipped seasons

I was delighted to see blueberries at Whole Foods this week. It's well past the blueberry season here - these fresh beauties come from Peru. They were grown by Talsa, a family-owned company in the Trujillo valley of Peru.

Talsa’s new exciting blueberry project, which is the result of Rafael Quevedo's vision, will have over 1,000 hectares of blueberries that will reach maturity during the next few years and will make Talsa and Peru one of the largest blueberry producers in the world.

from the Talsa page of the Gold Cup Fresh website

The taste? wonderful!

blueberries from Peru

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Longwood Gardens is a place that I always enjoy visiting.

Last week's visit allowed me to experience the Chrysanthemum Festival. The exhibit includes 13 mum classifications; the variety is simply amazing.




More photos from this visit can be seen in the gallery Longwood Gardens :: 2017 starting with this photo and ending here.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

lines of light

Thursday's walk was graced with changing light. Sun sneaking through the clouds created patterns both in the sky and on the ground.

lines of light, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Friday, November 17, 2017


Calm inland waters provided a canvas for reflections, creating a mirrored image.

reflections in inland waters, Portsmouth, NH
on Peirce Island, Portsmouth, NH

Thursday, November 16, 2017

changing sky

It was a good morning for a walk at the Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The sky was pure blue when I started with an occasional puff of a white cloud decorating the blue. As I walked the inner loop of the Joseph Plumb Martin trail the steady wind blew dark gray clouds in, obscuring the sun. A few raindrops fell.

As I was driving back, a band of heavy rain appeared. It disappeared quickly, leaving the sky blue again.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

to Longwood Gardens

Today was a good day to visit Longwood Gardens.

It's close to the end of the Chrysanthemum Festival, providing a chance to see many different varieties of these beautiful flowers. Some I easily recognize but there are others that I wouldn't recognize without seeing the signs and exhibit details.

chrysanthemums at Longwood Gardens

Sunday, November 12, 2017

impressionist painting

A lone autumn-colored tree in a sea of evergreens creates a reflection that reminds me of an impressionist painting.

late afternoon reflection as impressionist painting

Saturday, November 11, 2017

a pop of rust

A broadleaf tree wears rust-colored leaves, standing out against a line of evergreens.

broadleaf tree wearing rust-colored leaves

Friday, November 10, 2017


While most of the flowers that caught my eye during yesterday's greenhouse visit were orchids, there were a few other flowers blooming. I was attracted by the delicacy of this one.

delicate flowers in lavendar

Thursday, November 09, 2017

in a greenhouse

Today felt like a good day for a visit to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses.

I found color in the petals of many varieties of orchids. This one is wearing a combination of browns and purples. It is both complex and beautiful.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

underground at Ink Block

In early September an article in the Boston Globe titled Boston gets an artsy new public space in a former no-man’s land caught my eye. When I saw that the space included murals I knew I needed to visit.

Once you make that crossing, you’ll find a ribbon of colors painted on the sidewalk. Follow it, and you’ll wind up in a world of green trees, brown boardwalks, and soaring, swooping, concrete — the underside of that massive highway and its onramps, whirring with traffic.

from the Boston Globe article

Yesterday I headed into Boston to experience the new park. I traveled by commuter rail and subway, then asked my cell phone for walking directions to the park. I was very happy to be walking, not constrained by or confined in a vehicle. Once I arrived at the space under the highway I walked through the space, following the lines painted on the sidewalk.

It's worth a visit if you're in the area. Information is available at

mural by Douglas Hoekzema, aka HOXXOH

Be More Human

If you're interested, more photos are in this gallery.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


While the ocean was wild, the inland waters in Portsmouth were quiet.

view from the bridge to Peirce Island
from the bridge to Peirce Island, Portsmouth, NH

Monday, November 06, 2017

wild water

High tide along the New Hampshire coast this afternoon was higher than I remember seeing it before. When I got close to Hampton Beach on route 101 I saw houses surrounded by water. I headed north on route 1A following the coast. There were places where the road was wet from waves crashing over the sea wall. Beaches were very narrow and the waves were wild.

I feel lucky that I was able to experiences the wild conditions today. I wasn't alone; there were others walking the narrow beaches and there were surfers in the water. The ocean was simply amazing!

a very high tide on the New Hampshire coast

Saturday, November 04, 2017

oak leaves in red

Many trees are wearing bare branches. Leaves had started falling prior to Sunday night's storm, and the crazy wind increased the rate of fall.

Oak trees seem to hold on to their leaves longer than other varieties. I was delighted to see oak leaves in red on my visit to Harold Parker State Forest.

oak leaves in red

Friday, November 03, 2017


The air warmed into the 70s by afternoon. It felt like a perfect day for a walk in the woods so I headed to Maudslay State Park.

The sky was blue when I started. I walked, noticing as time progressed that the level of light dropped and the sky was repainted in shades of gray. As I cut through a lightly traveled path near the end of my walk I started to hear scurrying noises. Apparently the squirrels and chipmunks saw my presence as a human incursion; they quickly ran to the trees to climb out of reach.

a carpet of pine needles with pine cone decoration

I was lucky; the rain waited until I was driving home to start falling.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

80 hours

Sunday night's storm threw quite a punch at New England. High winds and rain enveloped the region, and while many trees had already dropped their leaves there were still many that were fully dressed and targets for the wind. The power (at my house) flipped off and back on twice before disappearing for good at 3AM Monday morning.

The first two days I ventured out on foot only, no driving. There were trees down, some blocking streets, some sitting on top of cars or houses. There were neighborhoods without power sitting next to houses wearing lights. I watched the National Grid web site in an attempt to get a hint as to how long the power would be out. The first prediction I saw said that they expected 100% restoration by 11:45 PM on November 2nd. Yesterday that changed to noon on November 3rd, then changed back to the previous prediction. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping.

I was quite happy to get an email from the YMCA Tuesday night saying that their power had been restored and that they would reopen Wednesday morning. My first stop of the day on Wednesday was the Y - not to exercise but to get a hot shower. That felt good!

Classes at the Y filled my morning today. After finishing up I grabbed a shower then headed home to check the power situation. I was very happy to find that my power was back.

As of 6PM, National Grid has restored 98% of Massachusetts customers who lost power as a result of Sunday's high winds. Over 800 crews are working around the clock to restore service to the remaining 4K customers without power. The damage from this severe storm has been one of the most disruptive in recent history, challenging our restoration efforts and the patience of our customers. There were many cases of downed trees – not just limbs – causing broken poles and downed wires. Reconstruction work continues, along with the labor-intensive process of cleaning up tree damage, setting new poles, and repairing wires down.

from National Grid's Outage Central page

80 hours without power was an eye-opener - I keep thinking about the people in Puerto Rico who have been in an untenable situation for the past six weeks and who likely have many months to go before things return to normal.

There were places to go to sit in warmth and share stories with others. Local libraries were available for sitting, reading, charging electronics as were other community centers.

Having no power makes life challenging. I'm very glad it's back.

a pond in Harold Parker State Forest
after the storm, in Harold Parker State Forest

Sunday, October 29, 2017


As I drove to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon rain was falling. I planned to walk on the beach before my visitor center shift and while I had a rain jacket with me I was hoping for a somewhat dry walk. As I got closer to the coast the rain got lighter and then stopped. Perfect!

When I started down the boardwalk from parking lot 3 I could already hear the sounds of the ocean. Low tide had just passed leaving firm sand that was perfect for walking.

low tide at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 28, 2017

inflatable objects

I feel lucky that I receive (and read!) daily newsletters from both the Boston Globe and WBUR, the NPR station affiliated with Boston University. One of the emails this week introduced an exhibit at one of BU's art galleries. (The Boston Globe article is available here.)

Yesterday I headed to Boston to visit the exhibit.

Claire Ashley: (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK)))

Claire Ashley’s large-scale inflatable objects combine painting, sculpture, installation, and performance to defy a singular definition. The coded title of the exhibition translates to “Crazy Female Foreigners Alive and Kicking” referencing Ashley’s Scottish nationality and alluding to the instability of global politics, and the temporal existence of her sculptures inhabiting and moving through space.

from the exhibit announcement, Claire Ashley: (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK)))

Most of the sculptures were large but there were a few small pieces too. I enjoyed walking through the artist's wonderful creations.



More of Claire Ashley's creations can be seen in the gallery capturing (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK))).

Better yet, if you're in the Boston area I highly recommend visiting the exhibit. It's at 808 Gallery at BU through December 3, 2017.

Friday, October 27, 2017

after sunset

Sunset seekers on Cadillac Mountain tend to gather at the Blue Hill overlook (just below the summit) to watch the sun sink into the sea. I chose to stay at the top of the mountain, looking away from the setting sun to see the color change at the edge of the sea.

from Cadillac Mountain, just after sunset

Thursday, October 26, 2017

painted water

The water of this small pond is painted with the reflecting colors of autumn leaves.

evergreens against painted waters

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

photos! Acadia

Photos from my recent wander in Acadia National Park are available for viewing in two galleries, one containing images from the park and the other focused on outside-of-the-park coastal locations.

Start your viewing by clicking to the top level gallery Acadia :: October 2017 or by clicking on one of the photos below to go to a specific gallery.

autumn, Acadia

at the top of Cadillac Mountain, at sunset

a swath of coastal Maine

Stonington harbor

Monday, October 23, 2017

late color and fog

Before the fog cleared this morning I headed to the Harold Parker State Forest for a walk in the woods. Trees are still wearing color here although I suspect it's close to or just past peak.

late color at Harold Parker State Forest

Saturday, October 21, 2017

lift span placed

The structural steel span that will serve as the lift section for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was floated in and installed last Wednesday. As installed it weighs approximately 3 million pounds. Once it is completed - with a paved road surface and railroad tracks down the center - the span will weigh approximately 4 million pounds or 2000 tons.

Channel Closure Scheduled to Begin October 17th

Beginning on Tuesday morning the navigational channel will be closed to all vessels - from kayaks to tankers - within a 300-yard radius of the bridge. The nearly 3 million pound center lift span will be floated in on barges across the Piscataqua River between 10:00 a.m. and noon and positioned for the float in.

On Wednesday morning, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. the rising tide will lift the span to clear the bearings. Between 9:00 a.m. and noon the lift span will be put into position over the bearings. At 1:45 p.m. the outgoing tide will lower the lift span onto the bearings. Once resting on the bearings, the barge will be pushed to the state pier. Adequate clearance to remove the barge from under the lift span should occur at approximately 3:45 p.m.

published on the Sarah Mildred Long (SML) Bridge Replacement project web page

I find the method of span placement to be fascinating. And I'm amazed at the minds that have the capacity to design a structure like this one.

The Coast Guard has closed the Piscataqua River around the bridge until 6 AM on October 27th. I assume that's the time that is needed to connect the lift span to the pulley system on the towers that will raise and lower the bridge.

While I wasn't there for the float in I felt a need to see the bridge in progress. Today was a good day for a Portsmouth visit and bridge sighting! I'm lucky that the Memorial Bridge includes sidewalks; it was a good place to stand for an unobstructed view of the new bridge.

Sarah Mildred Long Bridge with lift span placed
Looking inland, the lift span is currently sitting at the level of the railroad tracks.
The green bridge in the background is the I-95 bridge.

Sarah Mildred Long Bridge with lift span placed
It's a little easier to see the lift span when looking to the sea.

If you're interested in seeing some photos of the lift span placement, take a look at the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Replacement Project Facebook page.

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