Denise Goldberg's blog

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

first flower

Imagine my surprise when I peered over a garden wall at Maudslay State Park and saw tiny flowers emerging.

At first the small hillside presented as a sea of brown; I needed to get closer! As I stepped through the opening in the wall I saw green shoots and a few winter snowflake flowers, an early sign of spring.

winter snowflake flower

Monday, February 12, 2024

cactus flower

As I wait for the approaching winter storm I am enjoying the reminder of warmth from last week's butterfly conservatory visit.

Hanging cactus shows off beautiful bright flowers.

cactus flower

Sunday, February 11, 2024


Ahkbar (the parrot) lives at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. He watches visitors wander by his perch, accepts butterflies flitting around him, and loves the head scratches given to him by members of the staff.

What a pretty bird!


Thursday, February 08, 2024

photos! butterflies

Yesterday was a day of driving and of visiting the butterflies (and other creatures) at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. It's a special place, a wonder to stand among fluttering butterflies, to absorb pure beauty.

Photos can be viewed in the gallery flitter, flutter, butterfly! 2024.


Click here to wander through my memories of the visit.

Tuesday, February 06, 2024


As I walked on the beach yesterday I watched sanderlings skittering across the sand, in and out of the water.

It's amazing how fast they move, and even more amazing that I managed to capture one mid-stride with my camera. The blurred foot you can see was in motion, about to step to the sand.


Monday, February 05, 2024

turning tide

I walked on the beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon just after low tide.

Background music was provided by the ocean, the sound of waves crashing.

waves, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, January 29, 2024

morning tree

A tree stands tall against a sky that is starting to show a tiny bit of blue.

Its branches wear a thin coating of snow.


Saturday, January 27, 2024

ripples in sand

As the tide flows out it leaves ripples in the sand.

This mid-tide image is from my solo walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

a beach walk

I headed to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge today to satisfy my need for a walk on the beach. The tide was at its midpoint, heading out, a perfect time to walk.

While the tides have swept the beach, a coating of snow remains on the dunes.

I watched sanderlings scurrying in the shallow water.

Somehow I paid enough attention to the water line to keep my feet dry. I don't mind wet feet in warm weather; even though today's temperature was warm for winter it was still too cold to be wet.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, January 12, 2024

snow & ice

It's been a crazy weather week, moving from snow to rain, from cold to almost warm.

Field Pond in Harold Parker State Forest continues to wear a combination of open water and a skim coat of ice.

trees reflecting in Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest