January 2009 Newsletter Subtitle

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About SVNP 


The Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers

are an informal group of more than one hundred talented advanced amateur and professional photographers from the western suburbs of Boston, brought together by their passion for capturing the beauty and power of nature through photography.


The group was established in 1995, and regularly exhibits its members' work throughout eastern Massachusetts and on the Internet.


Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Great Room in the Main House at Traditions Senior Living Facility in Wayland, Massachusetts.


Reflections & Shadows Theme For Member Image Night February 12, 2009



Share up to 5 of your images that highlight the theme of our first Member Image Night of 2009 Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm.Shadows


Location- Traditions Senior Living Facility, 10 Green Way, off Rt. 126/27, one mile south of Route 20 in Wayland, MA. Look for the darkened driveway, Green Way, directly across from St. Ann's Church building.


Check your image library for some interesting shots that show reflections and/or shadows and bring up to 5 of them to the February meeting. You may bring images on a CD, slides, or prints to display for member comments and constructive critiques.


Ed. note: A common critique approach is to state what you like about an image and then what you think, if anything, might improve the image.  One method is to evaluate an image using the acronym TIC: T=technical execution, I=impact of the image, and C=composition.

Come early and enjoy snacks and conversation at 6:30 pm. We need volunteers to bring a few nibblies and some beverages. If you are able to help, please call Wayne Hall 978-443-9226


You can view the club's ongoing exhibit at Traditions. If you have print(s) for hanging at Traditions (and we would like more) please contact Wayne Hall (978-443-9226) or Betsy Moyer (508-358-2939). Or simply bring them to the meeting. We welcome new additions and replacements for the Traditions Exhibit.

Future Programs


March 12 will be a presentation on the natural beauty and wildlife of Denali National Park, the location of Mt. McKinley by Bob Diefenbacher.


Regular April Meeting Cancelled. See below--


April 16 special event--SVNP cofounder, noted author and photogrpaher Budd Titlow is scheduled to present his work at a meeting open to the public in the Public Hearing Room of the Wayland Town Building. Watch for more details.  


 HelpPitch In To Make April 16th a Success!


"Many hands make light work." We all know that adage. To make the April 16th event a success we need some hands to set up and clean up, to bring refreshments, and to spread the word about Budd Titlow's presentation. And, we need members to bring up to 5 images for Budd's commentary. 


Please email Betsy Moyer to let her know what you can do to help make the evening a success. 



January Meeting Highlights


Program: Where Does the Amazon Begin?


Mark Hopkins presented a fascinating look at the Amazon River and the Rain Forest. As a member of a team from Earthwatch that sponsors research, he traveled the upper reaches of the Amazon in August 2008 to assist in a census of the many exotic animals and birds. The area has problems with deforestation, over hunting for sustenance, over hunting for pet/pelt trade, and over fishing. Educational efforts are helping address these problems. To learn more about the Amazon, visit the website of Earthwatch.


Mark Hopkins Print Show in Concord


You are invited to see a retrospective of Mark's recent photographs on display at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Rd., Concord (978-369-2578) through January 30, 2009.


Member Images Presented


Russ Kirby showed several images. Other images were held over for the February meeting since the laptop in use was a Mac and could not read the other members' CDs.


Other Notes


Do you have extinct film cameras and outdated or superfluous film?  If so, SVNP member Suthir Shan can use them in the Peru Project, "Puentes," an education program to enrich the lives of street children in Peru.  You can email him at, bring them to the next meeting, or telephone Betsy Moyer (508-358-2939) for pick up.



Exhibit Calendar

Individual Member Exhibits 
SVNP members - please notify Wayne Hall ( of your upcoming individual exhibits for posting on the SVNP website.
Date                                     Member                          Exhibit Location
Jan. 1-31                      George and Ruth                    Wayland Library (foyer)
Jan. 1-31                         Mark Hopkins                       Concord Art Association
Through Feb 28             Sue Abrahamsen           Boxborough Town Library (Rt 111)
SVNP Group Exhibits
Date                                        Exhibit Location
Ongoing                      Traditions, 6 Green Way, Wayland, MA
Sept. 10 - Dec. 31     
Special exhibit on the SVNP website - Images of the
                                         Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers

Other Exhibits in which SVNP Members are Participating
Ongoing                      Susan Majors                           Longfellow Sports Club,
                                                                                      Route 20, Sudbury, MA


Photography Exhibit at the West Newton Cinema


The Newton Camera Club is presenting an Exhibit of members' work at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, in Newton. The show will continue until February 28.


Contact Info
Newsletter Editor: Bob Diefenbacher: 978-443-0014 or

Webmaster: Wayne Hall: 978-443-9226 or
SVNP Information: Betsy Moyer: 508-358-2939 or