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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.


Alaska's Denali National Park Images Presented at March 12 Meeting


Join fellow photographers at the March 12 Meeting of SVNP to take an armchair tour of two very different landscapes. Bob Diefenbacher will present a show featuring images made during an eight day experience in the wilds of Denali National Park. And Maggie Hsu will show images of Greece.


Grizzly Bear Eating BlueberriesThe meeting begins at 7:00 pm at 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.




Bull MooseDenali is a fascinating wilderness carefully protected from the impact of humans. The animal residents "own" this huge national park and visitors give them the right of way. Denali's two peaks tower over the rugged landscape comprised of tundra over permafrost. Visiting this beautiful place is a rare experience.


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.


Special Request

If you presented images at the February meeting, please submit two of them to Wayne Hall for inclusion in the upcoming website exhibit, "Reflections and Shadows." The images should be in JPEG format with the longest dimension no more than 700 pixels. Include your name and image titles for use on the website. Send your images by February 27, or your questions, via email to Wayne Hall.

Next Meeting Scheduled April 16th

Special Public Presentation 


SVNP cofounder, noted author and photographer Budd Titlow will present "New Directions in Digital Photography" at a meeting open to the public in the Public Hearing Room of the Wayland Town Building.


Members are asked to bring refreshments to the meeting by 6:30 pm. Please email Betsy Moyer to tell her what you will be bringing.


Budd has agreed to critique images for members who would like to show a few samples of their work.  Please bring five or fewer images



February Meeting Highlights


Program: Member Images Shared


A good number of members presented images in keeping with the theme "Reflections and Shadows." The images generated many favorable comments and occasionally suggestions for improving the image.


Presenting digital images were Erin Lamb, Wayne Hall, Carol Walsh, Marilyn Tromer, Russ Kirby, Sue Abrahamson, Amitava Gangulee, Nancy McNitt, Betsy Moyer and Bob Diefenbacher.  Slide images were shown by Marijke Holtrop, Chris Rowan, and Wayne Hall.


Other Notes

Despite the cancellation of the Boston Flower Show, many exhibitors are now planning to pariticpate in the Rhode Island Flower Show that runs February 19-22 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. More information at the show website.


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.


Field Trip Update 


If you have an idea for future field trips please email Carol Walsh at  She is keeping a "running list" to see which places are appropriate for the season and how many members are interested.

Some ideas from last SVNP meeting were:
Chatham, Ma- to see the seals. (Checking on best time to see them.)
Far North in Maine to see the moose. This would have to be an overnight since it is a 6 hour trip. Best seasons to see moose is in the spring or  October.

Upcoming field trips:
Wayne will keep a look out for the ice breaking up in Walden Pond for a local field trip. Possibly in March, but this is ice dependent!


Carol will find a date in April or May for a full day trip to Newbury, Ma. to photograph salt marshes and surrounding areas of Parker River, Pine River and Plum Island.

Look for a special SVNP email which will be sent with details about these spring photo opportunities.


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
Through Feb 28             Sue Abrahamsen           Boxborough Town Library (Rt 111)


April 1-30                       Wayne Hall                    Goodnow Library, Sudbury -
                                                                                "On the Rails, in the Water"
SVNP Group Exhibits
Date                                        Exhibit Information

Coming soon!               Special Website Exhibit          Member Images
                                                                            "Reflections and Shadows"

Ongoing                      Traditions, 6 Green Way, Wayland, 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