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Valley Views: Sheep Laurel in Belchertown


Friday, July 06, 2018

Sheep Laurel

Route 9, Belchertown

Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown

I've been walking daily in the woods along a short stretch of the Jabish since 1974, but it was only a few years ago that I first noticed sheep laurel blooming along the path. Since the stand is still small, I think it only recently found its way to that location. Not much more than 3 feet tall, sheep laurel is easily overlooked until it blossoms...and then it's quite pretty. The flowers grow in a cluster close to the stem near the top of the plant, little red jewels in a green setting; you can't help but want to go take a closer look. I made this photo June 9 using a tripod-mounted DSLR and a medium zoom lens.

Georgette deFriesse is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. It is open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., also, by chance/appointment.