Hello members of the Sarnia Photographic Club!
Our next visit to the Raptor Conservancy is on May 20th. Please have your payments of $56.50 for me on the mid month meeting on May 17th or if you can't make the meeting, you may email tsf the amount to me at email@example.com as soon as possible or at least by the 17th.
Here is a link to their website if you have not gone there before. http://www.canadianraptorconservancy.com/ In May , we see baby owls along with the regular parent owls and eagles and even hawks. So it will be another amazing trip.I have been to many of these trips to the CRC and not any two of them are alike...always something new...
As before, we will meet at 6:15 am on May 20th, at the parking lot by the new Giant Tiger on London Road, across from the TD Canada Trust.
Park close to the road to the right of the driveway. We will car pool. If you need a ride, or can give a ride, let me know by emailing me at Jfanceyphotography@gmail.com. I will have room for 5 people.
I will have some information for those who have not been to there yet. We will stop at Tim Horton's about 15 minutes from the Conservancy to freshen up etc. first and get there by 9am. Normally we are able to take some photos of the Eagles at their perches when we first get there until everyone is there.
After the session, we will go to Port Dover, and have lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, before returning home.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 519-466-2512
Dear members of the Sarnia Photographic Club,
I have been talking about this outing for a while so before the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is over on March 19th, 2017, we should go.
I have called the ROM and they do have a special rate if we have over 20 people in our group. (below) and although we can not take photos of the wildlife photography, we are allowed to take photos of the regular collections in the ROM.
+Wildlife Photographer of the Year
On display until March 19, 2017
(Minimum of 20 paid guests)
Adult $16.00 $22.50
Senior (65+)* $13.50 $18.50
Student (15-25)* $12.50 $17.00
Child (4-14) $11.00 $14.50
(Minimum of 10 paid guests)
Adult $18.00 $25.00
Senior (65+)* $15.50 $21.00
Student (15-25)* $14.00 $19.50
Child (4-14) $12.50 $16.00
UNDER 10 guests:
Ticket Type ROM Experience
ROM Member FREE! Become a ROM Member for unlimited admission and more
Child (4 - 14) $18.00
Senior (65+)* $23.00
Student (with valid student card) $21.50
Youth (15 - 19) $21.50
Infant (0-3) Free
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We can go with a coach bus with 47 seats, and if we can fill all 47 seats, it would be $40 per person, however if we do not have 47 members filling those seats, the price may double or more.and This price is for a 12 hour trip, therefore if we leave at 6am , we have to be back in Sarnia by 6pm. This means if there is no traffic on the way to Toronto,(which there always is) it could take 7 hours to go there and back, so that would leave us 5 hours for the ROM, inlcuding lunch.
OR we can car pool, which is probably a more economical way to get there. We can share gas and parking. and we can stay a little longer and maybe even visit other places in Toronto.
If people are interested, and we are not going with the bus, we can even go to the Distillery District which is a very historic area of Toronto if we are done at the ROM early enough.
here is a link:
Please let me know if you would be interested in this also. or just want to do the ROM. Also if you would be willing to drive to Toronto or will need a ride .
PLease: if you are interested in this outing to ROM, register on the website.You may let me know in your interest by replying to this email or emailing me at email@example.com
Hello members of Sarnia Photographic Club,
Saturday February 18, 2017 looks like a great day for an outing! My weather network app says sunny and 12 celcius.
I recently found out about an abandoned house which is very photo worthy on Talbot Trail, about an hour from Sarnia. It would be great if we could take photos there in the morning and then go to Rondeau Provincial Park as it is very close to it.
We will meet at 7:30am at Food Basics on Indian Road. If you need a ride let me know we will have room for 3 more people. And if you can give a ride, let me know also.
We will drive to the Abandoned house. We should get there by around 8:30 or a little after. We will take photos for as long as we like. It is all farmland there so we may venture to see if there are any other photo ops near there. At around 10:30am, we can drive towards Rondeau. We will be right by the water, just after Morpeth.
We can take some photos there and make our way to Rondeau Provincial Park. There is an eatery called Rondeau Joe's Pub just before the park entrance. We will have lunch there and then go into the park. Please register as soon as you can so I can have the numbers for lunch so that I can reserve a table for us. I am not sure if the free park pass includes Rondeau. I will check but if it doesn't here is a link to the fees for day use. If it does include Rondeau, then we can go in for free as we have a free pass in the car.
Rondeau is a premiere birding destination providing bird watchers with a world-class experience. 334 species of birds have been recorded in the park and 134 of these have been recorded breeding. Some, like the endangered Prothonotary Warbler, are found in only a few places in Canada.
The Rondeau peninsula is an important stopover for migrating passerines (known as perching or sometimes song birds) and waterfowl in the spring and fall. During these times the park is filled with numerous species of warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and other song birds. Rondeau Bay hosts thousands of ducks and Tundra Swans in the spring and fall.
Rarities including Townsend’s Solitaire, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Grosbeak and Painted Bunting often show up on the peninsula during migration.
We can see what birds and trees we can find in these trails below.
Spice Bush Trail - 1.5km loop, 1 hour, easy
The Spicebush Trail winds through a southern hardwood forest of old growth Tulip Tree, American Beech, and maple. In spring, the forest floor is carpeted in wildflowers making the trail a botanists delight. The trail explores the transition between Carolinian forest and marsh and is an excellent site for bird watching.
Black Oak Trail: 1.4 km loop, 1 hour, easy
The Black Oak Trail winds through a narrow strip of Pine-Oak Savanna. Several meadows along the trail bloom with brilliant Wood Lily, Wild Columbine, and Woodland Sunflower. This is an excellent trail for bird watching.
Tulip Tree Trail – 1.2 km loop, 1 hour, easy
This barrier-free trail travels through a mature Carolinian forest with the majority of the trail being boardwalk for handicap accessibility. Hikers will have an opportunity to see examples of Carolinian trees that are rare in Ontario such tulip trees, sassafras, and Shagbark Hickory. During May, this is also the best trail to see the endangered Prothonotary Warbler. (An all-terrain wheelchair is available for use from the Visitor Centre)
After the Rondeau Park, we can drive back to the abandoned house, and (depending on whether there is a sun out or not ) stop for some golden light photos of the house for another half hour. It always looks different depending on the light.
We will then drive back home and should be home by around 6pm latest.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Full Day Pinery outing October 30th,2016
There will be an outing to Pinery Provincial Park on October 30th. We will leave early (6:00am) to catch a sunrise at the Pinery which will be at 8am. leaving early will give us time to get there and find a place to set up our equipment. Make sure you have had breakfast or bring bars or snacks to eat as we will not go for breakfast so that we can get some nice light in the morning.
One of the places is the Old Ausable Channel near Riverside area 3. or we could go to the beach also to photograph the sunrise. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
After sunrise, we can go on the Bittersweet Trail (1.5km), where we can search for mammal signs along the Old Ausable Channel.Since most mammals are nocturnal, the best time to take this walk is in the early morning or late evening.
After that, we can go on the Riverside Trail (1km). We can shoot until lunch time.(noon or 1pm, depending on how hungry we are)
We can go out to MacPherson's for lunch ( https://www.macphersonsrestaurant.ca/) please see menu below:
After lunch, we can go back to do one more trail, maybe feed the chikadees and then to the beach. near sunset time(6:21pm).Hopefully we will get a nice sunset.
If it is a cold day we may cut the day short, we will take a vote.. :)
If you are interested in this outing, please register. Again, if you can give a ride, or need a ride please let me know so we can carpool..It will be cheaper to get into the park if we fill up the cars.
WINTER WHEAT IN SPARTA Saturday October 22nd, 2016
It has been a while since we have gone to Winter wheat in Sparta, so we will have an outing to go there on October 22nd. We will meet at the Giant Tiger Plaza Parking lot on London Road, across from TD Canada Trust at 7:00 am. We will carpool from there and drive to Sparta with a stop at Port Stanley to have some breakfast at That Breakfast Place. I have had breakfast here before and it is pretty good and reasonable.
Across from the restaurant there is a nice scenic harbour, with boats and a park there, so when we are done we can spend a half hour there taking photos.
Then we will drive to Winter Wheat in Sparta, which will be about 10 minutes from the restaurant.
Winter Wheat's Hours are 10-5pm every day and so we should be there by 10 am. We can spend 2 hours or so there and then drive to Pinecroft Tea house for lunch and then spend another 1.5 hours photographing the nature around pinecroft here.
If you are interested in this fun outing, please register on the Website.If you need a ride, or if you would like to give a ride, please let me know by emailing on the website or to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have cancelled our outing to Rock Glen on April 30th as the stairs to the falls are in bad shape and will have to be repaired. The area has been closed to the public. Alexa has also cancelled her outing this week.
I will however keep an eye on that and update everyone as to the time when we can go, when it is safe to go.
In the mean time I will see if we can go on another outing for that day instead of that one
Sorry for any inconvenience to the people who have registered for it.
Submitted by Jale Fancey on Tue, 2016-04-12 16:55
Event Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 -
07:30 to 14:00
Organizer: Jale FanceyEvent Description:
For those who are not available to go to Rock Glen during the weekday, with Alexa, I will be also doing an outing there, on Saturday, April 30th.
It is best to have good and sturdy shoes and please dress for the weather.
bring your tripod and if you have a wide angle lens, however any other lenses you may want to bring is fine. Also as Alexa mentions, if you have a neutral density filter or a polarizer filter may come in handy. Make sure your batteries are charged and you have extra memory cards.
There will be instruction for those who want to know on the settings for taking waterfalls photos. (long exposure etc)
We will meet at the parking lot by McDonalds /Giant Tiger at 7:30 am and carpool. We can give a ride to 4 people and their equipment. If there are more than 6 of us Perhaps someone else can give a ride. The least amount of cars driving is best.
We should get to Rock Glen by 8:15 am.
The park office will probably be closed, but they will have an envelope for us to pay the entry fee of $3.75/person. There are a lot of other things in the area to take photos of, so we can meet back at the parking lot at 12:00 noon.
Those who are interested in having lunch together and socialize, before going home, I am planning on making a reservation at the Marcanda Tea room and gifts at Reeces Corners. Please let me know if you would be interested in this, so that I can let them know how many people will be coming.
Rain date will be May 7th...
Submitted by Christine Roenspiess on Tue, 2016-04-05 15:34
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 18:45Organizer: Christine RoenspiessEvent Description: The Photo Discussion group is held at the Lawrence House on the 2nd Wednesday and the 4th Tuesday of most months.
This second meeting of April is Tuesday, April 26th. The discussions start at 7:00 pm (photo intake starts at 6:45 pm).
For this meeting, bring a few photos on a USB drive or a photo card that you would like to share and talk about.
The photos you bring should be based on the theme - "Wildlife Behaviour".
Submitted by Alexa Coupland on Mon, 2016-03-14 16:17
Event Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 08:45 to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 13:30Organizer: Alexa CouplandEvent Description: THE DATE WILL BE DETERMINED BY WEATHER. A NOTIFICATION WILL GO OUT ON APRIL 19TH
This will be a morning event to visit Rock Glen Conservation Area. We will be photographing the waterfalls and river bed. There will be an opportunity to learn different camera setting to get different effects of moving water.
You will need to bring a camera with a wide angle lens and a tripod. If you have a neutral density filter or an ultraviolet filter, you should bring them.
I highly recommend that you wear sturdy footwear as there are steep steps to the base of the waterfall. It is very rocky at the bottom of the waterfall and you must be extremely careful as it is slippery.
The park is closed but we will be able to park there and pay at the "Pay Box". The person I spoke to said she thought it was a $4 fee per person. She also said that there are privvies.
We will meet just north of highway 402 at Maundamin Road at 8:45am. We will be at Rock Glen by 9:30. I think that 2 hours will be sufficient time and we will return to our meeting place near Sarnia by 12:30.