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Saturday, December 31, 2022

on the coast

Today's coastal destination was Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH. Although the sun was hiding behind clouds the color of the grass was bright, standing out from the gray of sand and rocks.

Odiorne Point State Park

Friday, December 30, 2022

afternoon light

A wander at Maudslay State Park this afternoon was enhanced by unseasonal warmth.

The play of light in the clouds was wonderful.

Maudslay State Park

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

a patch of blue

Clouds decorate most of the sky, allowing a patch of blue to peek through.

low tide, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, December 26, 2022

top photos :: 2022

It's that time of year, the time when I wander through the photos that I've published during 2022 to find my favorites. It's always an interesting exercise, one that takes time and changes day-to-day until I have made my final choices.

From the beginning of the year, here are my selections.


butterfly at rest


summer coneflower

love lock

love lock
on a fence


wearing pink

tiger swallowtail

tiger swallowtail
feeding on a butterfly bush


sand, sea, and clouds


a dahlia in autumn

along Ocean Path

along Ocean Path
in Acadia National Park


in the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College

under a cloudy sky

under a cloudy sky
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge beach, at low tide

mirrored clouds

mirrored clouds
at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

These photos are collected into the gallery top photos :: 2022. If you'd like to see larger versions of the photos or you would like to view them as a full screen slideshow, click here to jump to the gallery, then press the triangle-shaped button at the top.

Saturday, December 24, 2022


Clouds reflect on wet sand as the tide flows out.

While I considered returning to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge today, the air temperature is so cold that I think I will wait for a day or so. This photo is from last Sunday's low tide walk on the beach at Parker River.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, December 23, 2022

after the storm

After the rain stopped I headed outside to enjoy the last of the unseasonal warmth.

As I looked to the sky a beautiful rainbow appeared.


Thursday, December 22, 2022


The sky is wearing gray, perhaps a warning of tomorrow's predicted wind and rain.

The pond is wearing ice, a sign of the season.

Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Monday, December 19, 2022

approaching low tide

I arrived at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge yesterday about an hour before low tide. That's a magical time for a walk on the beach, a time to absorb the beauty around me.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, December 17, 2022


As I wandered through Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory I stopped often, looking at butterflies in flight and butterflies at rest. While I would love to capture a moving butterfly with my camera I need to settle for those who have halted their movement for a second.

I watched bright orange Julia butterflies flitting about; I was rewarded when two decided to rest on a red and yellow hibiscus.

Julia butterflies

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


A tiger longwing butterfly sits still for a moment, posed for a portrait.

tiger longwing butterfly

Monday, December 12, 2022

first snow

The first snow of the season fell yesterday. Only an inch fell but the temperature is cold enough that the snow remains on the ground. Ponds in the area are starting to freeze too.

The snow and ice makes me believe that winter is here.

Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Saturday, December 10, 2022


Seagulls lined the pier in Newburyport's Cashman Park. They all faced to the west, watching the Merrimack River.


Friday, December 09, 2022

river walk

This afternoon I walked along the Merrimack River in Newburyport.

The air was cool and the wind was steady. The river reflected the blue of the sky.

looking across the Merrimack River, Newburyport, MA

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

a butterfly visit

Today felt like a good day to visit butterflies.

My destination for the day was Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, MA. I arrived at 10:15 after close to a 2-hour drive to find that I was the first visitor of the day. The only other people with the butterflies for the first hour I was there were staff members. It was amazing to have the place to myself!

I always enjoy spending time with the butterflies.


Friday, December 02, 2022

across the Merrimack

The river was calm, creating a reflection of the opposite shore in the late afternoon light.

reflection in the Merrimack River