New England, near and far in photos at Robbins Library

Margaret Smith

A majestic heron, an unadorned wheelbarrow, a glistening pond in winter.

New England may be quaint to some visitors, but to those who live here, it is full of mysteries, often quiet, but filled with unexpected powers and stories to tell.

Maureen O’Sullivan has captured some of those mysteries in her camera lens in her travels, both to nearby places such as the shore of the Charles River, or at Plimoth Plantation or Old Sturbridge Village.

Her images are on display in “Celebration of New England,” an exhibit of her photos at Robbins Library in Arlington.

“I’m not a professional photographer, but what it is a way of sharing what I have seen with others,” said O’Sullivan, who lives in Watertown. She said photos are a way to remind the viewer of the secrets unfolding close by, especially those in nature, but which can be missed in the course of a hectic day.

“It seems to me that people are very busy nowadays. They don’t open have time to stop and enjoy the beauty.” Some of that beauty is disappearing, she said, encroached upon by development and other human activity.

For the moment, she would like to preserve what is there, in a memory cast through the camera eye.

“Celebration of Nature” is on exhibit through July 31 at the Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. Free. For more information, call 617-926-1186 or