Denise Goldberg's blog

Friday, September 30, 2022

a pop of orange

While most of the landscape continues to wear muted shades of green, an occasional tree is decorated with a pop of bright orange.

tree wearing orange leaves, Harold Parker State Forest

Thursday, September 29, 2022


Today I saw crocus in bloom on a hill in Maudslay State Park.

I expect to see this delicate flower in the spring; it's a treat to see it in the autumn too.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022


A branch wrapped in brightly colored yarn places unusual color in a tree.

This sculpture is part of the current outdoor sculpture at Maudslay show.

Art & Nature Intersect by ABLE HeART Studio

Art & Nature Intersect by ABLE HeART Studio

Sunday, September 25, 2022

monarch feeding

Needing a flower fix yesterday I headed to the gardens of Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. The garden was still alive with color; I wonder how much longer the flowers will last.

I was delighted to see a single monarch butterfly feeding on a zinnia.

monarch butterfly

Friday, September 23, 2022

crazy windy

There was a chill in the air today, enhanced by the wind blowing strongly from the north.

I walked at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon as low tide approached. I walked south to start, then returned into the wind. The sand was in a constant state of motion.

Can you see the wind?

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, September 22, 2022

red on green

Maple leaves wearing bright red stand out against a predominantly green background.

maple leaves wearing red

Tuesday, September 20, 2022


Netting in bright colors decorates a tree at Maudslay State Park, part of the annual outdoor sculpture exhibit.

Intersecting Colors, by by Muriel Angelil

Intersecting Colors, by Muriel Angelil

Saturday, September 17, 2022

dahlia delight

While dahlias say summer to me, the colors of this beautiful flower feel like they are edging into autumn.

I continue to be amazed at the different varieties of dahlias.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

outdoor sculpture at Maudslay

This year's outdoor sculpture at Maudslay exhibit opened Sunday. I visited on Monday with my camera and returned today with a friend to wander through the sculpture.

I'm not surprised that just a few pieces jumped out at me as favorites.

This one, titled "Anxiety vs." and created by Jane Wang, consists of felted shapes in many colors. Some hang from a line while others are wrapped around a tree. I love the bright color and the movement of the piece.

soft sculpture titled Anxiety vs.

Click to view more sculptures in the gallery outdoor sculpture at Maudslay :: 2022.

If you're interested in seeing the art in person, the show is at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, MA. It runs through October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022


Celosia plumosa in yellow creates a bright spot in the garden.

celosia plumosa

Monday, September 12, 2022


As we enter autumn most of the trees are still wearing green.

While many are showing a tinge of brown the occastional maple tree is showing leaves in bright colors.

maple leaves wearing red

Sunday, September 11, 2022

market mural

As I drove to Maudslay State Park I passed a market in West Newbury that showed newly painted murals. Images of farm animal replaced pale gray walls.

Don't you love this rooster glaring out from the wall?

mural of a rooster, West Newbury Food Mart

Thursday, September 08, 2022

strawflower in pink

I'm always amazed when I see strawflowers growing in a garden. The look of the flowers give the impression that a person took the time to pick and dry the flowers before placing them in a garden bed.


Monday, September 05, 2022

early color

While most of the leaves are still wearing green I am starting to see both bright color and a bit of brown.

Leaves in Maudslay State Park welcome the coming season with early color.

leaves wearing autumn color

Sunday, September 04, 2022

monarchs & zinnias

As I wandered through the gardens at Prescott Park last Thursday I found monarch butterflies happily feeding on the zinnias.

monarch butterfly feeding on a zinnia

Friday, September 02, 2022

half and half

The skies cleared inland as interesting clouds remained over the ocean.

This photo is from my walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday morning.

looking north on Plum Island, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge