A wonderful Christmas present - a family outing to MAGIC WINGS, in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. I have heard about such places but this was my first time to go to one. We went from winter's chill into a warm and steamy building populated by 50 kinds of butterflies! and flowers! and other creatures!
I had brought my camera. However, I didn't realize that my lens would do the fog-over thing after the change from outside to inside. This slowed me down some, though I know I could have prepared better for that possibility. But, in any case, I don't just take photos in such a place. Or even a lot of photos at one time. I enjoy just being there and experiencing a new adventure -- sitting and watching and listening to the quiet butterfly music and exclaiming at some unexpected discovery. Thank you, thank you, sweet family.
|Notice: winter trees, blue sky, no real hint of the beauty that awaits within|
|These "leaf bugs" look like, well, leaves!! The yellow one and, parallel to it, the green one! These hungry "buggers" are obviously NOT Massachusetts natives.....|
We found the chrysallis cabinet. We were there in the early morning, so, after hatching, several butterflies were hanging around letting their wings dry. I had visions of those nurseries in science fiction, or in The Giver.
|the view looking up, to be reassured that no snow was falling|
|This "largest" moth had the largest signage! I wonder if the sign follows the moth from sleeping place to sleeping place. And do larger moths take longer naps?|
|NOT a butterfly|
|recent buffet offering|
|a buffet discovered, seen through my steamy lens|
|gathering eggs while there are not many human visitors nearby|
|speaking of visitors -- when was the last time you had a butterfly land on your head or elbow???|
|I was particularly taken by this butterfly with see-through wings. They can't live in cold climates, I was told, because they can't hold enough heat in their wings. The next two photos show the same species.|
|This is a photo of a photo in the lobby. I guess I am not the only one to be fascinated by these beauties!|
|a very special hatched and growing creature, trying her wings|