Denise Goldberg's blog

Sunday, June 30, 2019

before the storm

Wild thunderstorms passed through here this afternoon. Before the storms the sky was painted with wonderful clouds.

As I drove by the Parker River in Newbury I stopped to capture some clouds.

clouds over the Parker River

Saturday, June 29, 2019

last iris

After (my favorite) bearded iris disappear for the season, Japanese iris start to bloom. The predominantly purple flower draws my eyes and the intricacy of the petals makes me smile.

iris ensata, Japanese iris

Friday, June 28, 2019


Echinops ritro, also known as globe thistle, are starting to emerge. They are currently wearing green although if you look closely at the spikes you can see a bit of purple starting to show.

echinops ritro

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

summer flower, opening

A walk in the garden this evening allowed me to enjoy summer flowers that are starting to open. This Calendula provided a splash of bright color.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

sharing space

It was a cool this morning with a threat of rain, a good time for a walk in the woods. As I walked a loop at Maudslay State Park I shared the trail with birds and chipmunks.

It appears that my footsteps were quiet; at one point I looked up to see a deer feeding just a bit off the trail. I stood still and watched. The deer watched me too. Eventually I walked away while the deer stayed in place.

deer, Maudslay State Park

Monday, June 24, 2019


Friday I headed to Hampton Beach to watch some talented artists create sculptures in sand. Today I returned to see the finished sculptures. I continue to be amazed by the level of detail that can be exposed using only sand and water.

I was delighted to find that my favorite sculpture finished the competition in first place.

Breaking Out, by Melineige Beauregard
Breaking Out, by Melineige Beauregard

I think it's interesting to see a tiny sculpture copying "the thinker" sitting in front of a large sculpted face. What do you think?

Outside In, by Abe Waterman
Outside In, by Abe Waterman

If you'd like to see more photos of both the in progress and the completed sculptures click to enter the gallery emergence :: Hampton Beach 2019.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

wild roses

Wild roses decorate the outside of the greenhouse at the Stevens-Coolidge Place. I love the pop of bright pink.

wild roses

Saturday, June 22, 2019


Yesterday I took advantage of a break in the rain to visit the sand sculptures in progress at Hampton Beach. I try to visit twice, once when the sculptors are midway through their creations and are actively working on the sculptures, and a second time after the work is complete.

I'm fascinated by the level of detail that is possible using sand as the sculpting medium. The sculptures are created using only sand and water.

The sculpting takes place this year on June 20, 21, & 22. I plan to return tomorrow to see the finished sculptures.

Breaking Out, by Melineige Beauregard
Breaking Out, by Melineige Beauregard

Outside In, by Abe Waterman
Outside In, by Abe Waterman

Information on the event can be viewed on the Sand Sculpture Event page of the Hampton Beach web site. If you're planning a visit, note that the sculptures will remain on the beach until June 27, 2019.

Friday, June 21, 2019

on the beach

When I arrived at Hampton Beach this afternoon I found what appeared to be a painting, patterns of clouds above a calm ocean.

Hampton Beach

Thursday, June 20, 2019


This peony's petals are fully open, allowing the stamen to reach to the sun.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

blue false indigo

I found a favorite flower in the garden today, baptisia australis (also known as blue false indigo).

baptisia australis

Monday, June 17, 2019

breadseed poppy

These beautiful flowers are planted in the vegetable garden at Chanticleer. I was delighted to see a sign identifying them as breadseed poppies; it's always nice to have a name to associate with a flower.

The definition in Wikipedia indicates that the breadseed poppy, Papaver somniferum, is an annual herb. I always thought of poppies as flowers!

breadseed poppy

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Iris dress the garden wearing a vibrant purple color.

Japanese iris

Saturday, June 15, 2019

floral sunshine

A blackeyed susan standing against a fence creates a pop of color.

blackeyed susan

Friday, June 14, 2019


This sculpture of an owl is watching everyone who passes his perch.

owl sculpture
spotted on Upper Gulph Rd., Wayne, PA

Thursday, June 13, 2019

a poppy

As I walked through Chanticleer this morning I was delighted to find poppies in bloom. While it's often a challenge to capture these delicate flowers without movement this one was happy to pose for me.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019


As I walked at Jenkins Arboretum this afternoon I spotted some anemone in pink, small and intricate.


Monday, June 10, 2019

two colors

Bearded iris comes in amazing colors. This flower wears two colors.

bearded iris

Sunday, June 09, 2019


Purple flowers sit in a planter on top of a wall. I love the pop of bright color sandwiched between green.

a splash of purple

Saturday, June 08, 2019

peonies in pink

Several varieties of peonies have popped open this week. A sea of bright pink decorates the garden.


Friday, June 07, 2019

splash of orange

Flame azalea is in bloom at Maudslay State Park. I love the splash of orange in a sea of green leaves.

Flame azalea at Maudslay State Park

Thursday, June 06, 2019

a bearded iris

It's interesting; iris have been in full bloom in many gardens in the neighborhoods that I regularly walk through but the iris in the gardens at the Stevens-Coolidge Place have just started to pop open. I love the intricacy of these flowers.

bearded iris

Wednesday, June 05, 2019


A single peony stands tall, decorating the garden.


Tuesday, June 04, 2019

in the woods

It was a good morning for a walk at Harold Parker State Forest. There were birds perched in the trees, singing to me as I walked down the trail.

a quiet trail, Harold Parker State Forest

Monday, June 03, 2019


A bearded iris in deep purple danced in the wind. I waited for a pause in the wind to capture a picture.

bearded iris in purple

Sunday, June 02, 2019


I moved off of the coast and into Portsmouth on my wander in New Hampshire yesterday. The fog stayed behind, leaving a bit of blue sky and reflections.

colorful houses, reflections in the river

Saturday, June 01, 2019


The sky was wearing a combination of clouds and blue this morning as I headed to the New Hampshire coast. As I got closer, I could see what appeared to be low clouds hanging just above the sea. Perhaps it was sea fog; it stayed with me until I got to Portsmouth.

While I could see boats in Rye Harbor, only a small swatch of ocean showed before it was obscured by fog.

boats in Rye Harbor