Denise Goldberg's blog

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

on the Royal River

Royal River Park in Yarmouth, ME is the site of a path that parallels the river. A good part of the trail is a bit of a tease since the river is hidden by the trees. An unobstructed view is available at a few places, and the bridges are very helpful.

Royal River

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


A sea gull stands on the beach, watching as the tide recedes.

sea gull at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, August 14, 2017


Some flowers are still showing bright flowers; others are fading.

A garden full of coneflowers (properly named Echinacea) caught my eye as I wandered in Prescott Park. This patch was still bright even though the petals are starting to show their age. The flowers wear a shape that perfectly matches their name.


These flowers are beautiful, aren't they?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

chasing butterflies

Yesterday's visit to the gardens in Prescott Park (Portsmouth, NH) gave me a chance to watch the butterflies as they feasted on flowers. This beauty, hanging from a butterfly bush, stayed still for a moment and posed for me.

a butterfly on a butterfly bush

Saturday, August 12, 2017


A quiet beach is a very peaceful place, a good destination for walking and thinking.

on the beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, August 11, 2017


Delicate cosmos (flowers) seem to be dancing in the wind.


Thursday, August 10, 2017


A shell sits on smooth sand as the tide moves from high to low.

sea shell

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

back to the beach

A large section of the beach at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge reopened on Friday for people. The beach at the refuge closes on April 1st of each year for the piping plover nesting season, opening to people when the birds are done with it.

As of last Friday there were 45 fledglings and 6 chicks at Parker River. The portion of the beach that is still closed will open once the biologist confirms that the 6 remaining chicks have fledged.

It's good that this very narrow (and long) beach is closed each year for the birds. I think it makes me treasure access to the beach even more; it's a favorite place to walk along the water.

Yesterday I headed to the refuge for a peaceful stroll, looking, listening to the ocean, enjoying the beauty.

the beach at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, just south of parking lot 3

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

on the walls

The article "Artwork highlights Salem neighborhood’s true colors" in the Boston Globe two weeks ago led me to add Salem to my list of must visit places. It's less than 20 miles from home, but it's a place I hadn't visited before. Yesterday I headed to to Salem to walk and absorb beauty.

The mural project is impressive.

Punto Urban Art Museum

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future.

The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

credit: North Shore Community Development Coalition

Some of the murals are in very narrow alleys; even with a wide lens it was a challenge to capture them with my camera.

I'm sure I didn't find all of the murals, and I know I plan to return and wander again.

mural in Salem, MA

mural in Salem, MA

More photos can be seen in the gallery walls and water :: Salem, MA.

Click here to see a video on the Punto Urban Art Museum published by the North Shore Community Development coalition. It's a wonderful presentation of the project.

Sunday, August 06, 2017


The curved petals of this just opening flower are reaching to the sun.

curves in opening flower petals