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Call of the wild: Moments in time

Posted by Marcia Dick  August 22, 2012 09:17 AM

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Medford photographer George McLean shares summer beauty from his favorite haunts, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, and the Mystic Lakes:

"I staked out one of the few Rose of Sharon bushes at 'Sweet Auburn' for a few hours. and caught this beautiful female hummingbird. I love the detail. I was sitting at Auburn Lake last week [at the Sweet Bay Magnolia tree] and and had one feeding on a plant 4 feet from me. Much to close for my 400 mm lens to focus. I waited, but she never came back. Nature photography can be time consuming and frustrating, but that one picture can be so rewarding."

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"Both the Monarch butterflies and the hummingbirds along with all sorts of migratory birds need water or nector. With droughts all over the country and vast areas on fire, I am afraid unless we help them there will be a lot that won't make it to their southern breeding and resting areas. Put out water and hummingbird feeders, perhaps we can help Mother Nature's children."

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"In all my years, I have never seem a Great blue heron as beautiful as this! The feathering, coloring, and size. This guy has to be about 5 feet tall! He was sitting in a tree about 30 feet off the ground, on a dark, cloudy day. Suddenly the clouds parted for a moment and a ray of light peeked through. 'Click' I had my photo."



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