Community photos: Sheltering in place, too

  • Oran Kaufman, an attorney who lives in Leverett and enjoys photographing birds, recently took a photo of an infant owl perched inside a tree hollow. “Two years ago, there were a pair of owls nesting in the tree, and they had two owlets at that time,” he said. “They didn’t come back last year, but we just go by there to check it out. And sure enough, they were back this year … I’ve been going daily to just check up on it, and then all of a sudden, the chicks were there.”  SUBMITTED PHOTO/ORAN KAUFMAN

  • Clara Rowan, who works as a junior accountant for the Holyoke Housing Authority, snapped this photo of a squirrel during a walk on a nature trail near her home in Florence. “I just happened to see a squirrel on the side of the tree, and then I saw a baby squirrel, and they both went into the tree,” she said. “I had my camera on me, and I didn’t catch any of that. And then all of a sudden, one of the squirrels popped its head out of the tree. I thought it was cute ... ‘Oh boy, they’re sheltering in place, too.’” SUBMITTED PHOTO/CLARA ROWAN

Published: 5/21/2020 11:11:13 AM

Editor’s note: Recently, we received two photo submissions from community members that just seemed to belong together. Oran Kaufman, of Leverett, sent in a picture he took of an infant owl perched inside a tree hollow, while Clara Rowan, of Florence, snapped a photo of a squirrel popping its head out of a tree. As she put it: “I thought it was cute ... ‘Oh boy, they’re sheltering in place, too.’” What creatures are you seeing in your neck of the woods? Tell us at

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