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Two years ago on the anniversary of my blog, Laura and I went to Magic Wings, a butterfly habitat. It is the perfect thing to do when  surrounded by ice, grey skies, frigid weather and a monochromatic landscape. Especially if you are unemployed and need to keep your spirits up.

So what to do but repeat the journey. We dressed for a humid summer day and headed into the sensory overload. It was comfortably familiar but obviously things had grown and changed a bit in two years. My camera was a frustration and I was more discriminating in my choices of shots, but some things just presented themselves.

The warmth is the first thing I noticed, hot humid air on my skin. The heady scent of tropical blooms came next and birds tittering in the lush vegetation. Sight was bombarded by colors and shapes and the barrage of things silently flitting in and out of focus. It took a few moments to absorb it all and settle into silently moving slowly through the paths. Wisps of soft opera music drifted by as I sat on my heels to let the life wash over me.

Between the feeding stations and the flowers, I was able to get very close to these magical creatures though they were seldom still for long.

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There were other residents to behold, and in some cases touch.

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I found this “nursery” a perfect ending. Every day, a whole new crop of butterflies emerge.

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21 comments on “Vacation in my mind…

  1. Doppleganger says:

    wow like a fairy tale! how beautiful, peaceful and revitalizing in deed.

    1. Nothing like it on a cold January day! Thank you Dopp!

  2. Touring NH says:

    I think Magic Wings is THE most perfect name for the conservatory. It is easy to lose one’s self in the beauty captured in your images. Thank you for suggesting this return visit!

    1. Your photos far outshine mine, Laura. Thanks for reawakening my inner kid!

    1. A delight to the senses! Thanks Cheryl.

  3. Great pictures. I remember going to a place like this when my daughters were young.

    1. I took my daughters to the one in Westward, MA Joyce and I think this one is even larger and more magical! Thanks!

      1. Do you mean Westford MA? That’s where I went with my daughters too. Yes this one looks better.

  4. Beautiful. Full sensory! I appreciate that you noted the need to find something to do to keep your spirits up (especially if you are unemployed). Being unemployed is one of my biggest challenges; I get lost inside my own head and home. It is difficult to break free from the hamster wheel. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Welcome and thank you theflipoftheswitch, I too retreat into my head a lot of the time. Let it happen, you will always come out stronger! Will stop by your spot.

  5. My daughter went there once and said it was amazing. I can see by your photos that she was right! The butterflies are really beautiful.

    1. I’m so frustrated with my camera but thank you. Laura got some incredible shots and it was just lovely to be there. From the outside it’s pretty odd and plain but the sensory overload inside is amazing.

  6. jaknisell says:

    I love butterflies! Thank you for sharing. We will have to take Mary sometime, she would love it!

  7. Enchanting place. Fragile life floating in whispers.
    Hmmm, maybe time for a winter visit to the butterfly kingdom at the Natural Science Museum….good idea!

  8. Marie Keates says:

    Certainly a place to raise the spirits. We have a butterfly house in the New Forest. I went there once with my Mother In Law and loved it. You’ve just reminded me I should visit it again.

    1. It is such a wonderful sensual, total sensory overload spot, Marie. Would love to see what the one near you looks like!

      1. Marie Keates says:

        I will add it to my list 🙂

  9. Nolsie says:

    Wow, those images are fantastic! Great job with your camera! Loved it!

    1. Uggh, I wish I had bought a new camera when I was employed, Mark. I’m frustrated with my ancient technology. Will have to borrow one from daughter#2, Hanni and see if it is my eyes or the technology?!

      1. Nolsie says:

        Technology only captures moments that you put in front of it. My son James, the young filmmaker and photographer, also uses a really old film camera (that he found in a cupboard somewhere) just for fun, and some of the shots on this camera are great. When he films people in crowded streets, he sneaks up on them from an angle where they don’t notice him at first, and he films them while they are drifting off thinking about something else, and then captures the moment when they realise he is filming. Their responses are totally natural, and amazing to watch. You photos are fantastic, it doesn’t matter what the technology is like!

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