Photos of local raptors and wildlife on display at Brooks Memorial Library

BRATTLEBORO — View the raptors and wildlife of Brattleboro through photographic images at the Brooks Memorial Library from Feb. 26 through March 22.

Photographs by Dara Carleton Wildlife Photography will include bald eagles, ospreys, cormorants, song birds, small critters, and water fowl images all taken within a 30 minute drive from Brattleboro. An artist talk will be held Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

In a news release, Carleton said her fascination with Bald Eagles “started with a trip to Alaska in 2016. The trip was for my husband's birthday, but I gained a gift along the way too. The diverse wildlife was breathtaking, and sparked a new excitement for me. I brought my new appreciation for nature back home to Vermont, and rekindled my passion for photography.”

She said she started to kayak along the Connecticut River. “I was able to photograph the eagles, their nests, their young, and even identified a few through images of their leg bands. I was on a quest for eagles with my camera and kayak, and I haven't stopped since.

“While observing the eagles, I started to become familiar with other raptors and birds in the areas I visited. My photography studio has now become the rivers, ponds, and lakes that dot the landscape of New England.”

Originally from Long Island, Dara Carleton has a degree in fine art, and a background in painting and photography.

Over the years, she was commissioned to do several murals in Massachusetts and South Carolina, has exhibited in several galleries in Massachusetts and New York, and recently participated in a group exhibit at the Vermont Center for Photography.

She now lives in Brookline with her husband, kayak, and camera.

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