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12A Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 Portola Reporter This Bald Eagle caught Ellis' eye as she was driving on A24. A bald eagle soars majestically at Lake Davis, a place that Ellis has found to be a source of photographic inspiration in the area. BIRDS, from page 1A "I fred magic in art and life," Ellis said with a smile. "Since I started traveling around the areas between Portola and Packer Lake, I have discovered a wealth of wildlife in the area, which is completely unbelievable. "On my daily explorations, I am overwhelmed by how much there is to see here -- even driving past the same place multiple times is an adventure, because I never see the same scene twice." Ellis has been focusing the lens of her Nikon xPg00 on the wildlife of Sierra Valley for the past year, with special attention paid to the winged creatures of the valley. "The birds really caught my eye," she continued. "Birds are so quick to disappear that it makes shooting photos of them a challenge. I like the challenge it presents and I always look forward to the excitement of getting a good shot. With animals, especially birds, it really is about being in the right place at the right time." Ellis seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time, as she has captured intimate images of everything from eagles preparing to take flight to the nest of a pair of tiny, quizzical burrowing owls. "I literally drive around with my camera in my lap," Ellis said. "Most of my photos, particularly the birds of Sierra Valley, are what I call 'drive-by shootings.' I try not to be invasive when I am getting photos, but I will say that it takes many photos before I get those few perfect images. It really is a matter of letting the camera do the work, as I have learned from watching National Geographic photographers." Ellis has been connecting with the Plumas County Audubon Society as she has continued to explore the world of birds in the area, learning about migrant birds and their patterns as well as being invited to a special golden eagle banding class with the Audubon Society on Dec. 8. "R's all very serendipitous," Ellis said, "as I am becoming more involved with the birds, I am constantly learning and my photography is really blossoming, local artists and art lovers a be 'good' at art to do it. Just "I find that this place to learn and produce start doing it. Keep taking photography is a great way art. pictures, and learn to of utilizing personals "I have been working with compose the shot in your expression, with theability local Realtor Linda Hadley of camera -- take the photo that to use natural elements to Hadley Real Estate Services you want. I don't use capture the beauty of theto get into a work space, and Photoshop or any other fleeting moment." by early spring in 2017, I plan methods to re-touch or edit Ellis has been doing moreon moving into an open the photos I get, I just let the than capturing these fleeting working studio space in the inspiration come and let the moments of beauty in the Portola Plaza. camera do the work." Sierra Valley in the past"This would be a place Ellis has some of her work year. where people can see art in available for purchase in "I initially started doing progress, as I do paint as addition to the series this because I love to, and well, with the possibility of available for viewing in while I do it for myself, I am opening the doors for Portola. Her art is sold at finding that others children and adults that Smithneck Farms in appreciate my work as well." would like to discover and Sierraville, Happy Hunting Ellis had a series of explore the wonders of art. Ground in Graeagle and train-related photographs on All art forms lend to each Stuffin'Things in Loyalton. display prior to Birds of the other, in my opinion." For more information Sierra Valley called "BoxCar When asked what advice about the Birds of the Sierra Art," which was displayedshe would give to aspiring Valley series or other during the 2016 Railroad artists and photographers, questions about her art, Days celebration in Portola. she responded, "First of all, contact Jennifer Ellis at Now, Ellis wants to give don't think that you have to 707-779-9877. KEDDIE, from page 1A go; it's a waste of time,'" he said. "But for those children who grew up without a mother or their siblings, time doesn't toll on that pain." Hagwood said that if" you put an expiration date" on investigating crimes, then you embark on a "slippery slope." He added that there's a danger in simply picking and choosing which crimes deserve attention. For the renewed investigation, Hagwood enlisted the help of Mike Gamberg, a retired sheriffs investigator back in 2013. Gamberg also knew the victims. The experience After numerous phone calls and emails, a crew from People spent a few days in Quincy conducting interviews and touring the area. "People troated us exceptionally well," Hagwood said of the magazine and associated television show. "They found the balance of creating interest and intrigue." He was also pleased with the way the family members were portrayed. "They treated Sheila and her family with dignity and respect," he said. Despite receiving many overtures from producers and writers representing a variety of other entities, Hagwood said he doesn't plan to do any additional shows. "It's been good to put the story out there given the circulation and viewership that People magazine brings," Hagwood said. "They put it out to a wide audience and it might bring back a recollection or conversation, and further the investigation. But we are not going to gratuitously exploit the tragedy." Hagwood also wanted it known that no one from his office has "gained any financial compensation" for their participation. "The Plumas County Sheriffs Department has not accepted one penny for what we've done,'; he reiterated. "I made Rclear from the outset it would be unethical." What's next Hagwood said his off-ice would continue with a. three-pronged approach to the ongoing Keddie investigation: the technical and scientific aspects, interviews with known individuals who could have some knowledge of the crimes and investigating new leads asthey come into his office. The Dec. 5 edition of People Magazine features the Keddie murders promoting the story on the cover. 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