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Valley Views: Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS

Route 9, Hadley

Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley,

I am always happy to see a bluebird, and this one was no exception. I was at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building in Hadley, where I had set up my tripod-mounted digital SLR camera near the American cranberry bush viburnum and was waiting patiently for the cedar waxwings to descend from a tree to the bushes to feed on the berries. I saw a flash of blue in a nearby bush. I slowly turned my camera toward it and discovered a bluebird. I quickly pressed the shutter and not a minute too soon, as a waxwing swooped down declaring that this was waxwing territory and chased the bluebird away. A long telephoto lens brought the bird up close, and I like the way the late afternoon sun enhanced the bluebird’s color.

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

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