Denise Goldberg's blog

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

rhododendron delight

It was a good afternoon to wander in Maudslay State Park, a time to absorb the beauty of the rhododendron scattered across the property.

rhododendron in Maudslay State Park

Sunday, May 29, 2022


A bearded iris in deep purple decorates the garden.

bearded iris

Friday, May 27, 2022

by the sea

Yesterday's wanders included a visit to Halibut Point State Park in Rockport, MA. Once home to a granite quarry, there is path around the deep water-filled Babson Farm Quarry and a trail to the very rocky coastline.

It was a good day to absorb the sun and listen to the ocean.

on the coast, Halibut Point State Park

More photos from yesterday's visit can be seen in the gallery Halibut Point :: 2022.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

in motion

It's a challenge to try to capture a butterfly in a photo; they seem to be in a state of constant motion.

This tiger swallowtail agreed to pose for a second.

tiger swallowtail butterfly

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

a lady's slipper

Last week as I walked a trail in Harold Parker State Forest I saw two lady's slippers. Today I returned with my camera to find many of these beautiful pink orchids scattered through the woods.

lady's slipper orchid

Monday, May 23, 2022


This afternoon I visited two local gardens searching for bearded iris.

The first garden had many (iris) buds with just a few flowers; the second was beautifully decorated by a sea of bearded iris.

bearded iris

Saturday, May 21, 2022

tree peony delight

Yesterday afternoon I walked among the flowers at Long Hill.

During my previous visit 7 days earlier I saw that some of the tree peonies were wearing buds. My timing yesterday was good; they are now in full bloom!

tree peony

Friday, May 20, 2022


Tulips remaining in the garden are fading.

tulips, fading

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Azalea in pale pink create a delicate beauty.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

crazy windy

On this windy day I headed to Maudslay State Park to check the flowers. While there were a few azalea in bloom when I visited a week ago, today I found azalea, rhododendron, and dogwood decorating the landscape with bright flowers.

I could feel the wind, I could hear it, and I could see it in the movement of the flowers.

Don't you love the look of white dogwood against a clear blue sky?


Monday, May 16, 2022

first iris

I was delighted to see my first iris of the season this morning.

It was a beautiful bearded iris in deep purple.

bearded iris

Sunday, May 15, 2022


Bleeding hearts decorate the garden.

The shape of the flower matches the name perfectly.

bleeding heart

Friday, May 13, 2022

photos! Bedrock Gardens

Tuesday was the first open day of the season at Bedrock Gardens. It was a good day to visit, to wander through the gardens and the sculptures.

I plan to return to visit flowers as they change through the seasons.

sculpture of a dog

You can enjoy more photos in the gallery Bedrock Gardens :: 2022.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

ocean afternoon

The northern end of Plum Island was my destination today.

A walk by the ocean satisfied my need for beauty. The sky wore wispy clouds; in the distance I could see fog hovering over the water.

looking east over the ocean, from the north end of Plum Island

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

magic light

The light this afternoon was wonderful, a perfect time for a walk in the woods.

These trees live on Field Pond in Harold Parker State Forest.

trees on Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Tuesday, May 10, 2022


As I wandered through Bedrock Gardens this afternoon I saw two tulips standing in front of a barrier made of unearthed tree roots.

The unexpected location enhances their beauty.

tulips and tree roots

Thursday, May 05, 2022

emerging leaves

Leaves are starting to emerge.

They are wearing a spring green color.

spring leaves

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

early azalea

Pink is the color of today's azalea.


Monday, May 02, 2022


The wind creates ripples in the sand dunes at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

While the beach is currently closed for the piping plover nesting season it is still possible to look over the sand for a view of the ocean.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge