Denise Goldberg's blog

Sunday, January 21, 2018

in Rye Harbor

The government shutdown cancelled my usual Sunday volunteer activity at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

It was a beautiful day for a walk by the sea so I took advantage of my free day and headed to the New Hampshire coast. Without a specific destination in mind I drove until an interesting scene caught my eyes, stopping to walk and absorb my surroundings. The water in Rye Harbor was glassy providing a perfect spot for a bit of camera play.

boats in Rye Harbor

Saturday, January 20, 2018

the face of an orchid

I'm fascinated by the many shapes and colors of orchids.


Thursday, January 18, 2018


While the beach is quiet, footsteps capture a low-tide walk along the ocean.

on the beach, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Flowers grouped on a single stem provide a splash of color.


Monday, January 15, 2018

coastal ice

Cold air for many days encouraged ice to form in the coastal end of the Merrimack River. Several days of warmth last week failed to change the landscape; the ice remains.

coastal ice, newburyport

Sunday, January 14, 2018

late day light

The colors of sunset caught my eyes as I drove past Lake Cochichewick last this afternoon. Even after several warm days, the lake is still wearing ice.


Friday, January 12, 2018

January thaw

It appears that today is the last day of a welcome January thaw. It was delightful to be outside wearing layers that work for spring rather than winter.

Spring is (likely) many weeks away; I'm glad I have indoor gardens to visit during the cold season.

clerodendrum thomsoniae

This Clerodendrum thomsoniae posed for me during a mid-December visit to the greenhouses at Smith College. I think I need to plan a return visit.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

low tide

Today's non-January temperature was very welcome. Low 50s by afternoon was sweet!

The tide was low when I arrived at Jenness State Beach in Rye, NH, perfect conditions for a walking and for a bit of camera play.

Jenness State Beach, Rye, NH

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

layers of blue

As I looked out at the ocean I saw the blue of the sky reflecting in ocean waters.

layers of blue

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


What a difference! Temperatures were in the mid-30s when I headed out for an (exercise) walk this morning. I was delighted to log 6 miles, moving quickly through comfortable air.

This afternoon I headed to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a walk on the beach. My visit last week was cut short by wind-driven cold. Today the temperature was a good 10 degrees warmer providing the environment for a delightful walk.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge