PHOTOS: Nature’s wonders

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  • A chipmunk gathers seeds in Buckland. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A common toad makes his home on the forest floor near the Deerfield River in Buckland. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • This common loon, with its distinctive red eyes, dives for fish on the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A great blue heron takes off out of a Wendell pond. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A pair of common mergansers, a fish eating duck sometimes called a goosander, rest on a rock at the Quabbin Reservoir. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Wild turkeys move through a field in Montague. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A great blue heron wades in a Wendell pond. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A mute swan aggressively chases another during a territorial dispute at Barton Cove in Gill. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A river otter with a cat fish it has caught on the banks of the Connecticut River in Gill. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A mute swan feathers its nest as it sits on eggs at Barton Cove in Gill recently. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A bald eagle perches on a tree limb overlooking the Connecticut River in Gill. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A bald eagle takes off from its perch on a tree limb overlooking the Connecticut River in Gill. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A red tail hawk calls out from atop an apple tree in Old Deefield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 5/28/2019 9:50:08 AM

Nature’s beauty surrounds us here in Franklin County, the most rural county in Massachusetts. Greenfield Recorder photographer Paul Franz has been lucky enough to roam these hills and valleys for years looking for images to capture. Here are a few of his wildlife images taken recently on assignment and while recreating on the trails and waterways in our picturesque region.


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