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Sunday, November 29, 2020

changing sky

Harold Parker State Forest beckoned yesterday afternoon. The sky was amazing, bright blue decorated with building clouds.

Shortly after I took this photo the sky turned gray. Not too long after that hail started falling. It was followed by a quickly moving rainstorm and a drop in temperature.

trees and cloud reflections, Harold Parker State Forest

Saturday, November 28, 2020

single shell

A lone shell sits on a beach swept clean by the outgoing tide.

shell on beach, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, November 27, 2020

a line of blue

The clouds formed patterns above the ocean. A line of clear blue sky showed between clouds and water.

My walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge today started about 2 hours after high tide. The beach close to the water's edge was slanted but walkable.

looking east from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, November 25, 2020


There's a walk in Topsfield that a friend and I have been referring to as "the critter walk" because it passes fields that are often filled with animals. Our favorites are the rescue animals, including donkeys, alpacas, and sheep. This afternoon felt like a good time to visit.

While this donkey didn't risk coming close to us - I suppose he thought we were 2-legged animals on the other side of the fence - he did agree to stand still long enough for a photo.


Monday, November 23, 2020


Bright colors jump from a stylized portrait on the front of a house in Salem, MA.

I would guess the occupants can give directions to their home without supplying a house number.


Saturday, November 21, 2020


Sea gulls sit on a pier overlooking the Merrimack River in Newburyport.

All of the birds were facing the same direction. I wonder how they communicate their intention.

sea gulls on a pier

Friday, November 20, 2020

trees reflecting

Afternoon light creates a painting of trees reflecting in Field Pond.

trees reflecting in Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

looking up

This beautiful lady is looking up from the side of a building along a narrow alley in Salem.

She was a challenge to photograph. I stood against the facing wall looking to the sky, hoping to capture a reasonable picture of the mural. Sometimes I wish I could fly!

Kaupoku, by Hula

Kaupoku, by Hula

If you would like to see photos of this mural from higher up, click here.

Monday, November 16, 2020


Holly creates a bold splash of red.


Sunday, November 15, 2020

bridge view

It was a good afternoon for a walk in Boston, including a stroll under the Zakim Bridge.

Zakim Bridge, Boston, MA

Friday, November 13, 2020


As I walked along the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth I came upon two tugboats, docked and waiting for work.

tugboat on the Piscataqua River

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


The artists who created the new murals on Peabody Street in Salem were inspired by Nina Simone’s song, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free".

This portrait by Kedrin Frias caught my eye.

mural, portrait of Nina Simone by Kedrin Frias

I read an interesting article about this year's murals. Click to read El Punto mural artists paint the color of freedom.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

berries in red

Tiny berries wearing red provide a pop of bright color.


Monday, November 09, 2020

by the sea

Walking by the ocean brings me a sense of calm. Yesterday I walked at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge as it moved closer to low tide. Many more birds than humans populated the refuge.

My beach walk was accompanied by the music of the waves.

nearing low tide at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, November 08, 2020

afternoon light

Late afternoon light highlighted a tree continuing to wear autumn colors as I walked along the Shawsheen River.

tree along the shawsheen river

Saturday, November 07, 2020

the fish bowl, a mural

Yesterday was a good day to visit The Point neighborhood in Salem to see new murals that were created in October.

Twenty Massachusetts-based artists were selected for this year's Call for Art, inspired by Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" installed their murals on the National Grid Wall on Peabody Street in Salem.

Graffiti artist JEKS from Greensboro, North Carolina installed a new large-scale mural in the Point neighborhood. The mural titled "the fish bowl" can be viewed on Dodge Street, behind the Walgreens. It was commissioned by Hampton Inn.

I found a number of the new murals installed on the National Grid Wall to be very interesting, but the one that really stood out for me was the large mural created by JEKS titled "the fish bowl".

The Fish Bowl

If you're interested in seeing more from yesterday's visit please click to visit murals in Salem :: 2020. The photos in the front of the gallery are new, ending with this photo.

Thursday, November 05, 2020

on the ground

Dried leaves in shades of brown cover the ground.

leaves on the ground, Maudslay State Park

Wednesday, November 04, 2020


It's a hard day today. Yesterday's election brought the expected "still counting" result to the race for president. My poor sleep pattern was clearly caused by worries over what could happen; I woke every hour between 2 and 4 AM and finally decided it was time to stop trying to sleep at 4:30.

I am trying to hold onto hope that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will win.

I know I'm not alone as I continue to hope.

trees reflected in a pond

Monday, November 02, 2020

shades of red

The fallen leaves of a Japanese maple decorate the ground in shades of red.

leaves on the ground, Japanese maple

Sunday, November 01, 2020

a carpet of leaves

Trees are reaching their late autumn "no leaves" state. A Gingko left a carpet of yellow beneath its almost bare branches.