Denise Goldberg's blog

Wednesday, June 30, 2021


This sign caught my eye as I was walking yesterday.

I think it's a reminder to let my imagination fly.

a sign, imagine

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

cooling thoughts

As the latest heat wave continues in both the northeast and the northwest I am thinking and dreaming of cooler days.

Here's a photo taken in Portsmouth, NH just a week ago on a cooler day. The sky was decorated by a pattern of clouds.

boats in Portsmouth, NH

Monday, June 28, 2021

fading iris

The color of these Japanese iris has faded a bit from their initial bloom. Even with the change the flowers continue to paint a corner of the garden in shades of purple.

Japanese iris

Sunday, June 27, 2021

in the distance

The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse - located on the edge of New Castle Island - can be seen in the distance.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, New Castle Island, NH

Saturday, June 26, 2021

speedwell spikes

Veronica spicata decorates the garden with spikes of purple flowers.

This plant is also known by the common name speedwell.

veronica spicata / speedwell

Friday, June 25, 2021


Garlic scapes create interesting patterns in the garden.

garlic scapes

Thursday, June 24, 2021


The grass along the coast in Odiorne Point State Park is wearing an amazing shade of green.

Odiorne Point State Park

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

magic light

I headed to Portsmouth, NH yesterday morning to visit the gardens in and around Prescott Park.

I'm glad I broke away from the flowers long enough to walk across the bridge to Peirce Island. The light shining on the Piscataqua River was amazing.

looking across the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, NH

Monday, June 21, 2021

sand sculptures

The 21st annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic was held last week. The sculptors prepared their sites on Wednesday, sculpting their creations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I visited twice, on Friday afternoon to see the sculptures in progress, and early Sunday morning to see the finished sculptures.

My favorite is titled "Miss You, My Friend". It was created by Justin Gordon of Groveland, MA.

Miss You, My Friend

More photos of the sand sculptures can be seen in the gallery sand sculptures :: Hampton Beach 2021.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

hosta flowers

Delicate flowers rise above the leaves of a hosta.

hosta flowers

Thursday, June 17, 2021


The inside of the tubular flowers of foxglove wear interesting patterns.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

a pop of pink

Wild roses bring a pop of pink to the coast.

wild roses, Odiorne Point State Park

Monday, June 14, 2021

on the beach

Late afternoon is a wonderful time of day for a quiet walk on the beach.

Yesterday I visited Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA with a friend. The entry point to the beach was crowded with humans of all sizes but as we walked to the south we shared the beach mainly with the birds.

Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Sunday, June 13, 2021

a single rose

As I drove up the New Hampshire coast on Friday I made a quick decision to visit the roses at Fuller Gardens. The rose gardens were a sea of color, simply amazing.

I plan to return later in the season to visit the dahlias.

a rose at Fuller Gardens

If you'd like to see more flowers, click to the gallery Fuller Gardens :: 2021.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

clouds on the coast

Yesterday was cool and cloudy, perfect conditions for a walk along the coast.

coastal view, Odiorne Point State Park

Friday, June 11, 2021

late blooms

It is late enough in the blooming season that most of the azalea and rhododendron in Maudslay State Park have already dropped their flowers. When I walked there yesterday afternoon I saw only a few that continued to decorate the landscape in shades of pink.



Thursday, June 10, 2021

morning light

A bearded iris glows in early morning light.

bearded iris

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

mountain laurel

I'm fascinated by the delicate flowers of the mountain laurel.

I don't remember seeing these flowers until a couple of years ago. This year I've seen them in quite a few locations near home.

mountain laurel

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

continued heat

A heat advisory for this area continued into today; it is expected to stay in place until 8 pm.

I'm happy to have a cool place to be when the temperature is this high but I also feel a need to be outside. While my exercise walks have been slotted into the somewhat cooler early morning hours, I have still managed to return home dripping in sweat.

This afternoon I decided to ignore the very warm temperature, taking a short, slow walk in Harold Parker State Forest. As I walked I started to hear thunder. Rain began to fall just as I reached my car. The rain stopped quickly; perhaps it will return.

trees reflecting in Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Sunday, June 06, 2021

peonies in pink

An early morning walk in the garden showed a space decorated by peonies in pink.


Saturday, June 05, 2021

sculpture & flowers

Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH is a delightful place to visit.

I headed there last Thursday for a wander among the sculpture and the flowers. It's always fun to discover changes and to see favorite sights from previous visits.

sculpture at Bedrock Gardens

More photos can be seen in the gallery Bedrock Gardens :: 2021

Friday, June 04, 2021


Most of the rhododendron I've seen in bloom this year have been wearing shades of pink and light violet.

A visit to Long Hill this morning showed me some in a wonderful shade of purple.


Tuesday, June 01, 2021

in the woods

Harold Parker State Forest was a good place for an afternoon wander. The predominant color was green but as always I was constantly looking for color.

Pink lady's slippers were hiding in plain sight along the trails, and I found a single yellow iris standing next to Collins Pond.

Seeing these beautiful flowers brought memories of my mother. She was an artist who taught me (and my siblings) how to see.

reflections of green leaves, Harold Parker State Forest

lady's slipper, Harold Parker State Forest

iris, Harold Parker State Forest