Denise Goldberg's blog

Thursday, March 21, 2019

ice & water

Many ponds in the area are still wearing a coat of ice while some show a mix of ice and water.

The mix feels like a sign of spring.

ice and water, Harold Parker State Forest
Collins Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

to the beach

It was a sunny day with temperatures flirting with the 50 degree mark, a good day for a walk on the beach. I headed to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge knowing that there are only another 11 days before the birds take over. The beach in the refuge closes on April 1st each year for the piping plover nesting season; I'm happy that they share it with us for the rest of the year!

The tide was heading out, a good time to be on the beach.

on the beach, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

early crocus

A pop of yellow caught my eye as I walked to my mailbox yesterday. There's a small patch of ground (facing south) where crocus bloom very early in the season.

While I haven't seen any pop up in the grass or in any other gardens yet, I'm always delighted to greet this early symbol of spring.


Monday, March 18, 2019


It's still early for flowers here but a few early spring blooms have started to pop. I managed to sneak through small trees and bushes to visit with some snowdrops this afternoon.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

on the wall

It was early in the morning when I headed down Elm Street in downtown Manchester, NH. I was moving quickly but still keeping an eye out, absorbing my surroundings and looking for interesting sights.

As I walked past an alleyway, color on the walls caught my eyes. I was delighted to find a set of paintings of cats, and I was even more delighted that I had my cell phone with me so I could capture the memory.

cat on the wall

Friday, March 15, 2019

poppy dance

This bright red poppy caught my eye as I wandered through the greenhouse at Smith College last week. It looks (to me) like it is dancing.

a poppy in red

Thursday, March 14, 2019

blue on blue

Sunshine and late morning light creates a sea of blue, blue sky reflecting on wet sand.

blue sky, blue reflection

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


A tulip in yellow wears a delicate edge of pink around its petals.

I'm happy to have greenhouse flowers to provide the color I crave while I wait for the arrival of spring.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

dunes and snow

A layer of snow decorates the edge of the sand dunes at the Parker River National Wildlife refuge.

snow on sand dunes, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, March 11, 2019


Can you hear the sound of the ocean?

I felt the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge calling to me this morning. The beach will be open for 3 more weeks before it closes for the piping plover nesting season on April 1st. With the air wearing a reasonable temperature I headed to the refuge, arriving about an hour after low tide.

The wetlands on the inland side of the island continue to wear snow and ice.

inland wetlands, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

I headed down the boardwalk to the beach, carefully placing my feet in the spots that still wore snow and ice.

The water had swept the sand, leaving a smooth surface for walking. I watched the ocean as I walked, aware that the inbound tide would encroach on the sand. It's so much easier to keep my feet dry when the tide is heading out!

As I walked I felt the wind and I heard the ocean waves.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge