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.


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 “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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New Photos New Products

In preparation for a couple of exhibits and fairs, I ordered new products from different sources this year (previously I only used Shutterfly). To my selective selection of self-printed 13″ x 19″ and 8.5″ x 11″ and 8″ x 10″ fine art prints, I’ve added postcards, flat cards, bigger magnets, and bags. I always offer 3.5″ x 5″ and 5″ x 7″ folded note cards. I also created a limited edition 2020 Nature Calendar.

The next show I will participate in is posted here on my site: The Needham Fifth Annual Winter Arts Festival on Saturday, December 14th.

Shown below are some of the new items I either ordered or printed for your viewing and buying pleasure! The White Dove card includes a holiday message. All of the 5″ x 7″cards below are blank inside and the 12″ x 13″ grocery tote bags are reusable, but not washable. The last two cards shown are flat cards (Owen’s Poultry Farm and the Fishing Bridge). I offer the Needham High School sledding photo as a postcard too.

Click any photo to see a larger version.

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! 

I also created new flat 3″ x 3″ magnets. The baby Schaunzers are a litter a friend recently delivered. The last two magnets include small text.

Last, but not least is my 2020 Nature Calendar. All of the shots below were taken in Needham, MA.


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Needham Fifth Annual Winter Arts Festival

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Winter Arts Festival graphic

Join ilene and many other artists in the Needham’s Town Hall,  Powers Hall for a stunning display of crafts, photography, jewelry and more!

When: Saturday, December 14
Location:  471 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Free Admission

There will also be music by local band, Jam Sandwich, and an Indian Classical Dance show at 1pm by Adya Dance.

In addition to my Fine-art prints, cards, and magnets, I will be selling my 2020 Needham Nature Calendar (see photo below) and Dinner with Hector The Heron at the South Natick Dam picture book, and shopping bags. 

Calendar includes scenes from Owens Poultry Farm, the RTS (aka the Dump), Charles River St., Gould St., Central Ave., Rosemary Lake, the Needham Reservoir, and Needham’s now defunct iconic blue tree. Only $15 (+S&H), this small limited edition wall calendar captures the Needham you rarely get to see. Do not miss my growing new site to preview other prints you can purchase too. See Rosemary Lake Photographs and shots from Natick, Dover and more!

Exhibiting Artists At the Needham Fifth Annual Winter Arts Festival

Acrylic on Canvas, Jewelry by Judy Silverstein
Acrylic Painting by Angelica Vergados
Acrylic Painting by Anna Starkova
Acrylic Paintings by Jay Ramakrishnan
Acrylic Paintings and Gifts by Eddie Bruckner
Beeswax candles & Soaps by Eileen Borzilleri
Beaded Jewelry by Joan Casby
Block Prints by Anne Nydam
Calendars, Cards, Magnets, Bags, & Photographs by Ilene Hoffman
Cards, Art & Magnets by Lauren Giardina
Ceramics by Kieran Teare-Thomas
Ceramics by Tanya Chin
Ceramics & Pottery by Judy Ogilvie
Corinne Rhode Photography by Corinne Rhode
Designed in Stone by Sam Behar
Fabric and paper Art by Berline Chao
Fiber Knits and Designs by Kathy Zola
Gemstone Jewelry by Ciara Ripperger
Hats & Masks by Nina Bublic
Jewelry by Donna DeMaria
Jewelry by Inga Puzikov
Kay Cahill Ceramics by Kay Cahill
Metal Art & Jewelry by Jerry Schultz
Nabia Designs Jewelry by Joona Sohn
Oil Paintings by Mark Richards
Paper Earrings, T-shirts, Cards & Judaica by Paula Rosenstock
Photography by Lyubov Filatova
Pottery & Ceramics by Barbara Levitov
Raku & Functional Pottery by Jerry Daigler
Recycled Paper Baskets, Ornaments, Jewelry by Chaitrali Yadov
Shell Art by Dee Coentro
The Glass Bar, Glass Art and Jewelry by Jordan Fuller
Watercolor Wood Décor by Jessica Gallo
Wood art by Allen Ganser
Woodworking by Edward Sharpe

Town of Needham Seal Mass Festivals Graphic

Here is the link the to the PDF Flyer on the Needham Town Web Site for the Needham Fifth Annual Winter Arts Festival.

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Everyone Loves Instant Pot

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