Denise Goldberg's blog

Friday, July 30, 2021


The sand is undisturbed, smoothed by ocean waters.

beach at low tide, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

on the beach

The entire beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge closes each year on April 1st for the piping plover nesting season. It reopens when the birds are finished it, with the tips of the beach often opening before the bulk of the beach. On Monday I received an email from the refuge saying that the beach south of parking lot 6 was open.

Yesterday I walked the beach at Parker River for the first time since early March.

It's still greenhead fly season so I wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt plus I was covered with bug spray (which admittedly doesn't work againt greenheads). Perhaps the wind kept them away.

The walk felt wonderful!

low tide, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

If I remember correctly the full beach opened last year just before Labor Day. I'm happy to have the small piece that opened this week for now.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

goldfish on a wall

Yesterday afternoon I headed to Salem to visit the murals. While most are in a three block radius in the neighborhood known as "El Punto", there are also some in other places.

These goldfish live on the edge of the neighborhood.

goldfish mural

To see more murals captured during yesterday's walk in Salem, click to the gallery murals in Salem :: 2021.

Monday, July 26, 2021


A single coneflower decorates the garden with a splash of pink.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

a ship in the distance

A ship exiting the Piscataqua River is seen from the shore at Odiorne Point State Park.

a ship in the distance

Saturday, July 24, 2021

in an alley

Thursday was a walking in Portsmouth, NH day.

A walk down an alley uncovered a set of murals created by Brian René Bergeron. The black & white paintings show the subtle beauty of the coast.

murals in Portsmouth, NH, created by Brian René Bergeron

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

patterns of green

Grasses and cattails form patterns of green. Wildflowers embedded with the cattails provide a small pop of pink.


Tuesday, July 20, 2021


Cosmos plants have a delicate flower; they wear a gentle beauty.

cosmos flower

Sunday, July 18, 2021


An open bellflower in purple provides a pop of color in Maudslay State Park.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

a mushroom walk

Today's walk in Maudslay State Park gifted me with memories of my mother.

I remember her looking for big mushrooms or fungus, placing the cap on a piece of paper and waiting for the spores to fall onto the paper. The resulting patterns were always interesting.

This morning I walked with my eyes scanning the ground around me, looking for interesting mushrooms.



Thursday, July 15, 2021

dahlia delight

I was hoping for a bit of dry weather on Tuesday; that wasn't to be.

I visited Fuller Gardens in early June when the roses were in prime condition. Dahlias were planted in their long narrow home next to the greenhouse but the beautiful blooms had not yet emerged.

On Tuesday I returned to visit the dahlias.

dahlia wearing pink

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

a butterfly visit

This afternoon I had the opportunity to visit with a butterfly.

This beautiful creature was enjoying echinacea along the rail trail in Newburyport.

monarch butterfly on echinacea

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

by the sea

The forecast for today called for a chance of showers. I felt a need for color and a need for a walk by the sea so I headed to the New Hampshire coast.

It was dry when I left home.

I drove through a few patches of rain.

My walk in the garden was accompanied by light rain but it eased off as I prepared to depart. I decided to risk a beach walk and headed to Jenness State Beach, arriving during a fairly dry stretch of weather. My walk was shorter than I planned; when the rain switched to a steady, heavier rain I turned back.

Even a short walk along the sea is a good walk.

Jenness State Beach

Monday, July 12, 2021


Rain continues to fall, turning this into a very wet July.

More than 4 inches fell between July 1st and 3rd. That was followed by another 2.5 inches last Friday as the remnants of tropical storm Elsa moved through the area. Today? So far more than 1 inch has fallen.

I headed out for a walk earlier in the afternoon when the rain stopped for a bit. By the time I returned home the rain had started falling again.

two trees surrounded by standing water

Friday, July 09, 2021


What an odd name for a flower! When I went to identify this flower the name that popped up was sneezeweed.

"It is commonly known as 'Sneezeweed' due to the ancient use of its dried leaves in making snuff, inhaled to help sneezing and rid the body of evil spirits."



Thursday, July 08, 2021


I'm always delighted to see poppies in a garden.

The petals are delicate, the colors bright.


Wednesday, July 07, 2021

late afternoon light

After a bit of rain the sky cleared, showing bright blue decorated by a few white clouds.

It was a good time to walk across the Plum Island Bridge.

looking south over Plum Island

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

summer flowers

Early yesterday I headed to Portsmouth, NH to satisfy my need for flowers and color.

I started by visiting the flowers in the community garden at Strawbery Banke and then moved on to the gardens at Prescott Park. A good variety of flowers in bloom created a feast for the eyes.


Monday, July 05, 2021

back to the refuge

The visitor center at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge opened this past weekend for the first time in 16 months. My last volunteer shift (before yesterday) was back in February of 2020, right before Covid-19 crashed into the world. It feels good to be back.

After I finished my shift I headed into the refuge for a walk. The Hellcat trail was a good destination; the cool air and light wind kept the bugs away. Unfortunately that wasn't the case when I stopped to walk along the road on the inland side of the refuge - the greenhead flies are moving in!

looking to the ocean from Hellcat trail, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, July 04, 2021

cool & wet

What a crazy week of weather!

It went from multiple days of hot and humid with temperatures reaching the high 90s and a heat index of 100 or higher to multiple days of cool and wet. A report on the National Weather Service website shows that the town where I live had more than 4 inches of rain over the past 3 days.

I managed to walk on all but one day, choosing early morning on the hot days and in between rain storms on the cool days.

On this morning's almost dry walk this rabbit agreed to pose for me. I think he was watching to make sure I didn't move any closer to him.