2022 Needham Nature Calendar – Photos by Yours Truly

Here is a thumbnail screenshot of the 2022 Needham Nature Calendar coming soon. They will be printed through Vistaprint. The cover includes a North American Beaver gnawing on a tree and a Green Heron at the Needham Reservoir, and a female Wood Duck and her brood on Walker Pond off Central Ave.

Critters that visited the Needham Reservoir, behind the DPW Building on Dedham Ave., are featured in January, April, September, and October. All of the pages are labeled with the names of the animals. The Recycling and Transfer Station, aka the Dump, feature the coyote and the turkey. Other locations include the Needham Community Farm, the Needham High School, Rosemary Lake and my backyard. The Bald Eagle nest was shot in Arlington, but it is the same eagle that has been sighted over Rosemary Lake.

The December Blue Tree photo is an oldie but goodie. The Sugar Maple tree was planted in 1954, but was razed in 2014, due to rot. This shot was taken its last year.

The 2022 Needham Nature Calendar is 6.5 by 8.5 inches and it opens to letter size (8.5 x 11 inches). As you can see, the calendar portion is on the bottom and there is space to write notes. The price is $25.00 for each calendar and must be ordered directly through me. Please leave a comment or email me if interested.

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Clubhouse Chat May 9th – Coffee with ilene

COFFEE WITH iLENE at 9pm ET on Clubhouse, Sun. night, May 9th.

TOPIC: Mother’s Day! Come rant, reminisce, and remember our Moms that so totally screwed us up!


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ilene resurrects her popular two-hour chat from eWorld and Talk City! Tonight say hello and meet former hosts from all over the world. Everyone welcome. Former Talk City hosts join me as moderators: AnaCCConda, PonyCCC, and 7CCCs.   Let me know if you need an invite to Clubhouse. I have 5 left I think. Preference given to former eWorlders and Talk City hosts. email me if you have an iPhone and need an invite! You must have an iPhone to use Club House, although I hear the beta for Android users is around too.

Pansy face

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Dating and Mating in Coffee with ilene on Clubhouse!

COFFEE WITH iLENE at 9pm ET on Clubhouse tonight (Sunday, April 25th)!
TOPIC TONIGHT: Dating and Mating – The Abyss of Online Dating.
ilene resurrects her popular two-hour chat from eWorld and Talk City! Tonight say hello and meet former hosts from all over the world. Everyone welcome. Former Talk City hosts join me as moderators: AnaCCConda, PonyCCC, and 7CCCs.
 
Let me know if you need an invite to Clubhouse. I have 3 left I think. Preference given to former eWorlders and Talk City hosts. email me if you have an iPhone and need an invite! You must have an iPhone to use Club

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eWorld Welcome Screen from a Galaxy Far Far Away

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Great Blue Heron and Beavers at the Needham, MA Reservoir

I’ve had a frustrating two years shooting photos with two bad cameras (Nikon D7500) and a Sigma Bigma (50-500mm) lens that wasn’t fixed properly. Finally, I “retired” the Bigma and bought a Tamron 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 lens in March. I also had my second D7500 serviced under warranty by Nikon. This one had the compression board and the lens housing replaced!

Finally, with working equipment, I wandered over to the local pond and was lucky enough to find beavers, a Great Blue Heron, a swan, a couple of mallard ducks, and a variety of turtles. I am once again feeling like doing photography isn’t wasting my life away and am getting the shots I’ve been missing for way too long!

I hope you enjoy my shots. These are all minimally edited, that is, they are color corrected and slightly sharpened. No sticks or objects were removed, because I prefer to show you the real environment in which the animals and birds were feeding.

Beavers

A rare treat for me was the disovery that two beaver now inhabit the reservoir. I have never been so close to one of these amazing critters. They swim rather quickly, so while I couldn’t get a full view of the tail, I was able to capture the face. According to mass.gov “Beavers are North America’s largest native rodents, weighing between 35 and 80 pounds as adults. They can be 2–3 feet in length, with an additional 10–18 inches for the tail.”

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New Photos and New Products for 2020 and Beyond

This has been a hard year with the cancellation of all of the shows and fairs in which I participate. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped creating products with my photographs though! Presently, I am creating a 2021 Nature Calendar, to be showcased in a few weeks.

Below you will see the new 5 x 7 note cards I’ve created, plus some jigsaw puzzles, and bags. The cards have one picture on the front and are blank inside. The back includes another small photo with a title and my contact information. Feel free to send a request for a critter to be put on a card, if you don’t see exactly what you want in my samples below. To see other cards I have available please look at the previous message. Most of my photos are shot in Massachusetts, in Needham, Natick, Newton, Dedham, Dover, or Wellesley. Any card can be customized with your name or a message on the front or inside. All of my photographs are also available as fine art prints in almost any size you need.

Please click on a photo to see a larger version and the detail. Use the side scroll arrows to step through each photo.

If you are interested in ordering any of the items shown, or want to custom order a print or card, please email me. A comment from you is always appreciated. The comment box appears on the bottom of the page. Thank you for visiting my site!

Puzzles Currently Available

Miscellaneous Other Products

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