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Valley Views: Sheep Laurel in Belchertown


Friday, July 13, 2018

Sheep Laurel

Route 9, Belchertown

Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown

EDITOR’s NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, this photo ran in black and white last week. Because it is so lovely in color, we are rerunning so readers can fully enjoy it.

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.