Denise Goldberg's blog

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

subtle color

The colors are quiet, showing the continuing advance of autumn.

autumn color

in Valley Forge National Historical Park

Monday, October 19, 2020

glasswing butterfly

The transparent wings of a glasswing butterfly provide a sort of camouflage, the ability to blend in with background plants.

glasswing butterfly

Sunday, October 18, 2020


Maple leaves in bright red move in the wind.

maple leaves

Friday, October 16, 2020

pops of orange

I repeated a favorite walk in Topsfield, MA earlier this week to check the state of autumn color. While green paints the ground and some of the trees, many trees are wearing bright colors.

trees wearing autumn color

Thursday, October 15, 2020

along the North Pool dike

As I walked south along the North Pool dike in Parker River National Wildlife Refuge I saw a trail sandwiched between water and highlighted by bright red glasswort. Interesting cloud cover enhanced the red.

North Pool dike

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

two sides

I find it difficult to capture both sides of a butterfly's wings. Both are visible when flying but it seems that each butterfly chooses to sit still either with its wings open or closed.

In my visit to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory last week four types of butterflies allowed me a photographic glimpse of both sides of its wings.

Cairns Birdwing butterfly:

Cairns birdwing butterfly

Blue Morpho butterfly:

Blue Morpho butterfly

Dead Leaf butterfly:

Dead Leaf butterfly

Malachite butterfly:

Malachite butterfly

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

autumn color

Trees painted in autumn colors pop in the rain.

autumn color, Harold Parker State Forest

captured at Collins Pond, Harold Parker State Forest

Monday, October 12, 2020


In honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week, the North Pool Dike Path in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is open for walking this week. I headed to the refuge today to take advantage of this uncommon opening.

As I walked along the dike I noticed patches of bright red in the salt marsh. Luckily I was able to ask a refuge staff member for its name. The plant is glasswort, a succulent that thrives in saline environments. It wears bright red as the season turns to autumn.

The splashes of red are wonderful.

glasswort, in the salt marsh at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, October 11, 2020


It was a windy afternoon; I was amazed that the seeds of this milkweed hadn't already dispersed.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

a butterfly visit

Like most places, the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory closed for several months because of COVID-19. I checked their site periodically, hoping to find that they had reopened. Last week I saw that Magic Wings was open again with reduced days and hours. I quickly planned a drive out to western Massachusetts to visit the butterflies.

Visiting hours are set in 2-hour blocks starting at 11 AM and running through 5 PM. Each block is limited to 50 visitors, and the conservatory is emptied at the end of the time block.

I spent some time chatting with staff and found that there were designated individuals who worked through the closure to feed the birds and animals, to provide food for the butterflies, to make sure plants were watered and growing well, and to continue propagating butterflies.

It was a sunny day with bright light pouring into the space. The butterflies were very active with some resting and eating and many flying overhead. I had a number of the beautiful creatures decide to ride along with me, in my hair, perched on my shirt (a teal green color that seemed to attract the butterflies), even walking down my bare arm.

What a delightful visit!

Malachite butterfly

Malachite butterfly

More butterflies from my visit on Thursday can be seen in the gallery flitter, flutter, butterfly! 2020 starting with this photo and ending here.