Denise Goldberg's blog

Friday, December 29, 2023

top photos :: 2023

It's that time of year, the time when I wander through the photos that I've published during 2023 to find my favorites. It's always an interesting exercise, one that takes time and changes day-to-day until I have made my final choices.

From the beginning of the year, here are my selections.

Malachite butterfly

Malachite butterfly
hanging upside down

pooled water

pooled water
at Halibut Point State Park



dahlia delight

dahlia delight

coastal view

coastal view
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


in pink

across the dunes

across the dunes
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


of a chrysanthemum

still water

still water
at Pomps Pond

mirrored patterns

mirrored patterns
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

These photos are collected into the gallery top photos :: 2023. If you'd like to see larger versions of the photos or you would like to view them as a full screen slideshow, click here to jump to the gallery, then press the triangle-shaped button at the top.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023


While rain is predicted for tomorrow, today's weather tempted me to walk at Harold Parker State Forest.

The calm waters of Field Pond created a canvas showing reflecting trees.

trees reflecting in Field Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Monday, December 25, 2023

on the wall

Yesterday afternoon I headed to the Punto Urban Art Museum on the streets of Salem, MA.

My goal was to see the set of new murals on the walls around the power station in The Point. The exhibit is titled "A Dream Called Home", inspired by the book of the same title by a Mexican-American author, Reyna Grande.



Click here to see more photos of the art on the walls in the gallery murals in Salem :: 2023. The first 29 photos in the gallery are from yesterday's visit; the rest were taken in March of this year.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

beach walk

It was a perfect afternoon for a walk on the beach. I started walking about an hour before low tide; I even managed to keep my feet dry.

The low angle of the winter sun provided interesting light as it emerged from behind a layer of clouds.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, December 21, 2023

quiet water

The water of Pomps Pond is smooth and quiet, a match for the pure blue sky.

Pomps Pond, Andover, MA

Monday, December 18, 2023


What a crazy storm!

I know it would have been smart to stay in today but when the rain lightened up a bit I decided to head out for a walk. The rain continued for a while, then stopped, leaving the wind to dry my rain jacket. It was just a lull - I finished my walk in heavy, heavy rain.

I'm glad that today's precipitation was liquid, not frozen.

water where there normally is grass, Merrimack College

water covers a field that is normally dry

Sunday, December 17, 2023


Evergreen trees color the landscape at Pomps Pond in Andover, MA.

evergreen trees

Friday, December 15, 2023


A play of color emerges as sunlight hits a heart-shaped lock on a fence in Portsmouth, NH.

iridescent heart-shaped padlock

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

across the Piscataqua

The sky kept changing today, from blue with clouds to gray and back again. Even with a chill wind, it was a good day for a walk in Portsmouth, NH.

Ripples in the Piscataqua River show refections of the clouds.

looking across the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, NH

Friday, December 08, 2023

skim ice

Temperatures have been cold enough to support the formation of skim ice on the surface of ponds.

This view of early ice is from a walk in Harold Parker State Forest this afternoon.

skim ice, Harold Parker State Forest

Monday, December 04, 2023

rust and green

A few trees wearing rust-colored leaves pop in a stand of evergreens.

trees, Valley Forge National Historical Park

in Valley Forge National Historical Park