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Saturday, November 30, 2019

an orchid in pink

On this cold (before) winter day an orchid in a greenhouse shares intricate beauty.


Friday, November 29, 2019

clouds & waves

Walking by the ocean at high tide is interesting. I was very surprised that I didn't get my feet wet!

Yesterday's walk was accompanied by the sound of the ocean. The view was enhanced by patterned clouds.

high tide at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, November 28, 2019

by the sea

Morning rain came to an end, replaced by a sky full of interesting clouds. It was a good afternoon for a walk by the sea in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Utility boxes can be boring but when they are decorated with mini-murals I often find them to be interesting. This one stands in front of an old mill building in Lawrence, MA.

painted utility box, Lawrence, MA

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

autumn warmth

What a beautiful day!

The air was cool this morning but by afternoon the thermometer hit 60 degrees. It was wonderful walking weather, no jacket needed!

mill building, Lawrence, MA
mill building & reflection, Lawrence, MA

Monday, November 25, 2019

after the rain

After yesterday's all day torrential downpour the weather wizard delivered clear skies this morning.

A walk at Harold Parker State Forest provided this view of trees reflecting in Collins Pond.

trees reflecting

Friday, November 22, 2019

in a greenhouse

Even a flower in a greenhouse wears an autumn-looking fallen leaf as decoration.


Thursday, November 21, 2019


Layered colors lined the road, moving from blue sky to the green of evergreens, the red of autumn-colored lowbush blueberry, and finally to the gray of granite.

along Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park
late October, Acadia National Park

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

shades of yellow

Gray skies and rain sent me looking for color inside today. I found these orchids in the Lyman Estate Greenhouses.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

remnants of color

It's another gray day today, moving from rain to drizzle. Luckily I found some fading color to brighten the day.

berries showing autumn color

Sunday, November 17, 2019


It was a gray day, decorated by occasional flakes of white.

When I drove to Parker River this afternoon I noticed snow flurries; when I headed home there were some light patches of white on the ground.

trees with reflection

Saturday, November 16, 2019


As I wandered through the greenhouse at Smith College this plant caught my eye. Leaves of bright pink sit in the background as new growth emerges.

a flower, opening

Thursday, November 14, 2019

a warmer walk

While I'm sure some would say that today's temperature was chilly, it felt much warmer than yesterday.

It was a good day for a walk in Valley Forge National Historical Park. I chose to walk a good part of the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, walking the loop section without adding any of the out-and-back sections.

trees, Valley Forge National Park

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

chilly air

This morning's chilly air allowed me to practice winter layering. When I headed out to walk the temperature was hovering in the mid-20s. Luckily the right set of light layers kept me warm.

It felt like winter today.

faded rose
the last of the faded roses

Monday, November 11, 2019

oak leaf

An oak leaf, fallen and captured by bare branches, wears an end-of-season shade of brown.

fallen oak leaf

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Chrysanthemums in bright yellow present a sea of sunshine.


Saturday, November 09, 2019

across Collins Pond

Trees reflect in the waters of Collins Pond, Harold Parker State Forest.

trees reflect, Collins Pond

Friday, November 08, 2019


On Tuesday I visited the Fall Chrysanthemum Show in the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College. I've been to their Spring Bulb Show before but somehow I kept missing the chrysanthemums. I'm very glad I spent some time among the bright and varied flowers.

It's amazing how many different flowers wear the name chrysanthemum. According to the National Chrysanthemum Society there are 13 different classes of these flowers.



If you'd like to see more of the chrysanthemums that jumped into my camera, please visit my gallery seeking flowers at Smith College :: 2019.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

rust & brown

Trees wearing leaves are few; remaining leaves wear the colors of rust and brown.

trees reflecting

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

on the flip side

The beautiful design of the Cairns birdwing butterfly's wings is visible as the butterfly flits about and as it sits with wings folded. I've seen glimpses of the top side of the wings but until yesterday I never saw the full color and pattern of the top side of its wings.

As I enjoyed the butterflies flitting through Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory I saw one Cairns birdwing sitting with wings open, posing for a photo.

Cairns birdwing butterfly, wings open
Cairns birdwing butterfly, wings open

Cairns birdwing butterfly, wings closed
Cairns birdwing butterfly, wings closed

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

west to wonder

This morning I drove west to wonderous beauty. First I headed to the Botanic Garden of Smith College in Northampton to visit the Fall Chrysanthemum Show in the Lyman Conservatory. Absorbing color in flowers was followed by a stop at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield for some time with the butterflies.

I welcomed the bright colors; the trees that continue to wear leaves are showing the color of rust.

chrysanthemums in pink

Cairns birdwing butterfly

Sunday, November 03, 2019

early dark

Daylight shifted today on this first day back in standard time.

I was happy this morning when I woke up to find the sky lightening ahead of sunrise. I like the morning light, but early darkness will be hard.

It was 20 minutes before today's 4:35 pm sunset as I drove across the bridge over the Parker River on my way home from the refuge. The light caught my eyes, and yes, I had to stop!

sunset on the Parker River, Newbury, MA

Friday, November 01, 2019

(plant) transition

When I was in the garden this week I noticed that the flowers of the honeysuckle vine had been replaced by berries in red. What an interesting transition!

honeysuckle vine berries