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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

morning magic

A tiny bit of rain overnight left clouds in the sky early this morning. That, combined with a low tide at 8:38 AM, convinced me to head to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a walk.

While my preferred walking time is 1 to 2 hours before low tide, arriving just as the tide changed worked too. It was a good morning for a walk by the sea. The clouds and light were pure magic.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, August 30, 2022


The petals of a rudbeckia hirta have faded, signaling a soon-to-come change of season.

rudbeckia hirta

Saturday, August 27, 2022

high on a wall

On Thursday I headed to Salem for to walk by and enjoy the murals. I found new murals that were created for the annual Mural Slam not too far from Old Town Hall in addition to the murals that live in The Point neighborhood.

This one is a favorite that lives high on a wall in The Point, part of the Punto Urban Art Museum.

mural: Katherine, by Paola Delfin

Katherine, by Paola Delfin

Thursday, August 25, 2022

early apples

It was a good farm stand visit this afternoon. They had a favorite early season (local!) apple, Zestar!. While I am not really ready for the season to change I am always happy to find good apples.

Zestar! is a early season apple that comes from the University of Minnesota breeding program (trademarked, USPP#11367). It is a good solid early apple, with a sweet-tart taste and a hint of brown sugar flavoring.

...It is one of the parents of the new popular US variety, Sweetango.

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Zestar apples

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

happy bees

Bees are happily feeding on a dahlia in the gardens of Prescott Park.

bees feeding on a dahlia

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

coastal New Hampshire

The forecast yesterday was for a foggy morning followed by rain later in the day. I headed to the New Hampshire coast early, focusing on a bit of a coastal wander before a Portsmouth garden visit.

While clouds were the predominant sky feature I did see a bit of blue as I looked to the south.

along the New Hampshire coast

Sunday, August 21, 2022

in the woods

On Thursday I visited the sculptures scattered through the woods at Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH.

What an interesting place to wander!

Animals, by Tony Jiminez of Costa Rica

More photos from Tursday's walk can be seen in the gallery Andres Institute of Art :: 2022.

Friday, August 19, 2022

dahlia, again

It's dahlia season!

I've been so lucky this season to see many colors and varieties of this intricate flower this summer. Here's another one from the gardens of Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH.


Thursday, August 18, 2022

looking to the east

Rain was predicted for yesterday. In spite of the forecast I headed to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a morning walk.

Water did not fall from the sky; it was a dry - and beautiful - walk.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


I headed in to Boston Sunday morning to visit the murals "Underground at Ink Block".

This urban park is an interesting use of the space under the highway.

mural, Underground at Ink Block

More photos can be seen in the gallery underground at Ink Block :: 2022.

Monday, August 15, 2022

petals curve

The petals of a dahlia curve around its center.


Sunday, August 14, 2022

strawflower stages

A section of the community garden at Strawberry Banke contains strawflowers in various stages of bloom.

I feel lucky to have been able to capture strawflowers just opening, fully open, and releasing their seeds.

strawflower opening

strawflower open

strawflower releasing seed

Friday, August 12, 2022


A sign outside of a store on a street in Portsmouth, NH welcomes visitors.

sign on a busy street in Portsmouth, NH

Thursday, August 11, 2022

wearing pink

A dahlia wearing shades of pink brings a bright pop of color to the garden.

I'm always amazed at the beauty of these flowers.


Tuesday, August 09, 2022

a tiger swallowtail

As I was walking early this morning I saw sunflowers in a garden. When I headed back with my camera a bit later I was greeted by a tiger swallowtail butterfly feeding on a butterfly bush near the sunflowers.

I was delighted that the butterfly agreed to pose for me!

tiger swallowtail butterfly

Monday, August 08, 2022

back to the beach

Today I walked on the beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for the first time since April 1st.

The beach in the refuge closes on April 1st each year for the piping plove nesting season, reopening when the birds are done with it. This past weekend the very tips of the beach reopened for people to visit. Even with the continued very hot weather I knew I needed a beach walk. I arrived 2 hours after high tide, sharing the open section of beach with other people and with ever-present sea birds.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, August 07, 2022


Coneflowers bring a splash of color to the garden.

The flowers provide a gathering place for happy bees.


Saturday, August 06, 2022

in the woods

This afternoon I attempted to ignore the heat as I walked in the woods at Harold Parker State Forest.

It was a short walk, so hot!

in the woods, Harold Parker State Forest

Friday, August 05, 2022


This notice outside of a store in Portsmouth, NH is perfect!

I didn't go inside to verify that a dog was present, next time...

sign: dog on premises

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

dahlia delight

While Fuller Gardens (in North Hampton, NH) is primarily a rose garden it has a wonderful bed of dahlias that is currently in full bloom.

I visited on Monday to spend some time with the dahlias.


Tuesday, August 02, 2022


When I first saw this flower I didn't know its name.

This is a canna, also known as a canna lily even though it is not in the lily family. The flower is large and resembles an iris. It's beautiful!


Monday, August 01, 2022


A walk along the coast in Odiorne Point State Park today was sandwiched between visits to two gardens.

It was a good day for a coastal wander.

along the coast, Odiorne Point State Park