We found a new place for a nature walk: Goldsmith Woodlands in Andover. We covered about half of the trails in a two-hour walk.
The town provides a rough map.
Yesterday was spent at the Boston Museum of Science with the Mystic Joneses. Today, we took Beta back for the thing she loves most: The Butterfly Garden. (We couldn’t go yesterday because it was sold out. Pro-tip, avoid the MOS on Federal Holidays at all costs.)
For my birthday I got something I’ve been wanting for a while: a set of lenses for my phone. I went a little nuts with the macro lens. I can’t even say I’m sorry about it.
Most of these were taken from just a couple of inches away. The butterflies and moths in this exhibit are so relaxed around people, its is amazing.
I played with my settings, and found out that trying to use the macro lens on butterflies on swaying branches was a guaranteed failure.
The details I managed to get were astounding, though.
Some pictures came out with some real drama. You can almost see his scales!
I am really pleased with these little lenses.
And of course, I had to do a gratuitous, super-close-up of a flower. For Reasons.
We had a little sight-seeing tour of a car show happening a hop-skip-and-a-jump from our house.
Not shown: about a hundred more cars, and a bunch of motorcycles.