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BIRCH TREES AND FOG

Springfield Road, Belchertown

Photograph and text by Julius Lester of Belchertown

I love the way fog softens the landscape, and especially the way its gauzy whiteness melds with the more complex whiteness of the birch trees. I enjoy the graceful curve of these particular birches which are still bent from the ice storm of late October 2011. When a landscaper asked me if I wanted them cut down, I responded, “They’re still alive! At age 74 I feel a little bent myself, but I am not ready to be cut down.”

This photograph, taken last month, was created with a digital SLR camera with a 24-85mm zoom lens.

Julius Lester is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., College Highway, Southampton. Other nature images are on view there Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

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