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12A Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 Portola Reporter This Bald Eagle caught Ellis' eye as she was driving on A24. Abald eagle soars majestically at Lake photographic inspiration in the area. Davis, a place that Ellis has found to be a source of i BIRDS. from page 1A "I find 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 daffy 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 0wls. "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. "It'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. "I fred that this photography is a great way of utilizing personal expression, with th ability to use natural elements to capture the beauty of the fleeting moment." Ellis has been doing more than capturing these fleeting moments of beauty in the Sierra Valley in the past year. "I initially started doing this because I love to, and while I do it for myself, I am fimding that others appreciate my work as well." Ellis had a series of train-related photographs on display prior to Birds of the Sierra Valley called "BoxCar Art," which was displayed during the 2016 Railroad Days celebration in Portola. Now, Ellis wants to give local artists and art lovers a place to learn and produce art. "I have been working with local Realtor Linda Hadley of Hadley Real Estate Services to get into a work space, and by early spring in 2017, I plan on moving into an open working studio space in the Portola Plaza. "This would be a place where people can see art in progress, as I do paint as well, with the possibility of opening the doors for children and adults that would like to discover and explore the wonders of art. All art forms lend to each other, in my opiniom" When asked what advice she would give to aspiring artists and photographers, she responded, "First of all, don't think that you have to be 'good' at art to do it. Just start doing it. Keep taking pictures, and learn to compose the shot in your camera -- take the photo that you want. I don't use Photoshop or any other methods to re-touch or edit the photos I get, I just let the inspiration come and let the camera do the work/' Ellis has some of her work available for purchase in : addition to the series available for viewing in Portola. Her art is sold at Smithneck Farms in Sierraville, Happy Hunting '. Ground in Graeagle and Stuffn'Things in Loyalton. For more information about the Birds of the Sierra Valley series or other questions about her art, contact Jennifer Ellis at 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 sheriff's 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 treated 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 fmancial compensation" for their participation. "The Plumas County Sheriff's Department has not accepted one penny for what we've done," he reiterated. "I made it clear from the outset it would be unethical." What's next Hagwood said his office 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. People also partnered with the Discovery channel for a one-hour show on the same subject. Chail Pictures Throws deliveries! 'LIMITED! 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