Field Trips

Waterfalls, Sunset, and Astro Photography

Photo Walk: Waterfalls, Sunset, and Astro Photography
Date: November 4th–5th
NEW TIME: Leaving the Epps Bridge Kroger parking lot at 10:00 AM. Meet at the far side of the Kroger parking lot adjacent to the cigar shop (5 Points Cigar Shop and Lounge on the other end of the Larry’s Giant Subs building). It’s probably best to drive a few cars.
****We will not get back to Athens until approximately 3:15 AM
Location: Highlands/Cashiers area – North Carolina
Agenda: We will photograph several waterfalls in the Highlands area then photograph the sunset at sunset rock in Highlands. We will have dinner in Highlands then travel to Cashiers to photograph the Milky Way at Silver Run Falls (Silver Run Rd, Cashiers, NC 28717)
Note: the Milky Way is best around midnight so we will be back super late.
*****For those who can’t come all day, you can meet us at Sunset rock. Sunset is 6:36 PM. Ravenel Park Road, 35.04687, -83.18714, Highlands, NC.
*****Or you can drive your own car and do as much or as little as you want.
*****You must sign an APG waiver to participate.
*****For more information see APG’s Facebook Page

Hummingbird Trail Walk

A Hummingbird Trail Walk will take place Saturday, August 19, from 8-10 am at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens. During the first hour, Judy Glenn will guide you through the Hummingbird Trail to find where the hummingbirds feed and perch throughout the Garden. The second hour will be for you to independently view and photograph the hummingbirds. Judy will be available during this time for help/questions.

Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet in the parking lot near the outside restroom.

What to bring: Please dress for the hot weather, bring comfortable shoes, hat, water, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, photography gear and/or binoculars: camera, several batteries (if you have them), your longest lens, SD card(s), tripod (if desired), and a lot of patience.

Details: You must have signed the waiver on your APG membership form to attend. Judy will have APG field trip forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet. Hummingbird trail maps will be provided.

If there is a threat of rain that day, you can text Judy at 706-340-7161 after 7:00 a.m. that morning, and she can let you know if the event is still on.

Hummingbird Trail Walk

A Hummingbird Trail Walk will be led by Judy Glen on Saturday, August 19th from 8-10 a.m. More details will be provided in the August APG newsletter.

Berry College Eagles and Deer

Judy Glen will lead a field trip to Berry College near Rome, Georgia, on April 15 to photograph the famous family of bald eagles nesting near the lake at sunrise, as well as deer that frequent the grounds. Plan to meet up at the Epps Bridge Kroger parking lot by 4:30AM to form car pools. We will return to Athens some time in the afternoon.

Frost Flowers Photo Walk

When: Tuesday, January 10, from 7:45-@10 a.m. You can leave when you want!

Why: To photograph beautiful frost flowers. Frost flowers form when the sap inside the white crownbeard plant push through and freeze which forms beautiful ribbons of ice. Temps need to be well below freezing with the right amount of rain.

Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet at the powerline parking lot. View map on their website if you don’t know where this is. Click “visit” then “click here to download our garden map (.pdf)”.

What to bring: Please dress for the very cold weather. It will be 24 degrees that morning. Dress in many layers! Bring your photography gear: camera, several batteries (if you have them), a macro lens if you have one, SD card(s), tripod (if desired). I use a beanbag to steady my camera and a kneeling pad for my knees to keep them from getting wet and cold.

Details: You must have signed the waver on your APG membership form to attend. Judy will have forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet.

If there is a threat of rain that morning, send Judy Glenn a personal message on Facebook at 6:45 a.m. that morning, and she can let you know if the event is still on.

Panther Creek Photo Walk

Panther Creek Falls is on most lists of Georgia “must see” waterfalls, so we’re going to spend a day hiking the trail and visiting the 4 waterfalls en route, on a day that’s close to the anticipated peak foliage season (though that’s always a bit of a gamble). We’ll meet up Friday October 28 at 7:15 a.m. in the Sandy Creek Nature Center Parking lot and drive up (about 1:20 each way; the PC parking lot fills up by 10), then spend the day hiking. The trail is described as “moderate” and good hiking shoes are recommended. You’ll want to bring lots of water and a lunch, since the trail is 7.8 miles round trip… it will be less intense than hiking straight through since we’ll stop to take pictures along the way 🙂 , but it *is* still a long hike.

If you drive up separately, look on Google Maps for “Panther Creek Trailhead
Old Historic U.S.441, Clarkesville, GA 30523”
NOT “Panther Creek Falls” or “Panther Creek Trail” – that’s something else an extra 2 hours further away 🙂 You’ll want to start at this trailhead unless you’re a gutsy hiker (there’s a trailhead near Yonah Dam that’s shorter but more difficult and for experienced hikers only)… and after you pass THIS rock, http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/panther-creek-recreation-area-clarkesville?select=_jH7-U36AgiS4BnEmoiqIg you should watch for a split in the trail and stay to the left (going uphill) rather than turning right (downhill).

Please check the APG Facebook Page for last minute updates or discussion about the walk.

Hummingbird Trail Photo Walk

Hummingbird Trail Photo Walk at the Botanical Gardens
When: Saturday, July 16, from 8-10 a.m. During the first hour, Judy will guide you through the Hummingbird Trail to find where the hummingbirds feed and perch throughout the Garden.The second hour will be for you to independently view and photograph the hummingbirds.
Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet in the parking lot near the outside restroom.
What to bring: Please dress for the hot weather, bring comfortable shoes, hat, water, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, photography gear and/or binoculars: camera, several batteries (if you have them), your longest lens, SD card(s), tripod (if desired), and a lot of patience.
Details: You must have signed the waver on your APG membership form to attend. Judy will have forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet.
If there is a threat of rain that day, send Judy a personal message on Facebook between 7:00-7:15 a.m. that morning, and she can let you know if the event is still on.

April Field Trip to Gibbs Garden

We are planning on spending the day shooting at Gibbs Garden on Saturday, April 2. We will carpool there, shoot individually and meet for lunch within the Garden or meet back at departure.

Meet in the parking lot in front of Harry’s Pig Shop at 7:15AM (2425 Jefferson Rd , Athens GA 30607). The Garden is open from 9-5. We don’t have to stay till 5 but will shoot well past lunch.

Arbor Cafe is within the Garden. Sandwiches are $7.89 and include chicken salad, roasted turkey pimento cheese or honey ham and swiss. They also have a few salads, snack and drinks. Here is the link for the Cafe: http://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/arbor-cafe-menu/

Their rules state no outside food or drinks please (except water). Tickets are $20 per person ages18-64 years old. Seniors 65+ are $18 per person.

Sign up at the meeting on Thursday, March 17 or send a PM to Judy Royal Glenn from the APG Facebook event page with your cell number so she will know you are coming.

This event is weather permitting, and it would be great to know who is planning on coming in case we need to cancel.

February Field Trips

Guided Tour of the Ansel Adams

John Mariana will be giving a tour of the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. He will provide critiques/background of many of the Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston prints in the exhibit and several of the contemporary photographer’s prints.

Meet John at the main desk in the lobby at 3:00, Sunday, February 28. This will be at least a one hour tour and may easily be longer.

We will plan to meet at the Lowes near Epps Crossing at 10:00am, and get lunch en route to arrive at the museum near the 1:00pm opening time. There’s a lot to see besides the Ansel Adams exhibit.

Frost Flower Photo Walk, Feb. 10 at 7:45am

Frost flowers form when the sap inside certain plants push through and freeze which forms beautiful ribbon of ice. These ribbons of ice a lot of times form what appears to be flowers, hence the name frost flower. The vegetation we will photograph is the white crownbeard. It is found in several places at the Garden. Judy knows where the vegetation is.

The temperature needs to be in the mid to lower twenties, so it will be super cold. Wear long johns, hat, gloves etc.

Judy has never photographed frost flowers in February….but hopefully they can still be found. We can always photograph nice macro shots of frost and ice on vegetation too.

Meet: Meet at the power line gravel parking lot at the Garden. Take a first right once in the Garden. When the road forks, take the right fork. The parking lot is down this road. You can view the Garden’s map on their website if you are unfamiliar with where this is.

What to bring:
-camera equipment
-a macro lens if you have one
-cell phone to take a couple of Instagram photos
-several extra camera batteries if you have them. If you shoot with live view, the batteries drain quickly.
-a bean bag to stabilize you camera on the ground for low shots
-Judy brings a gardening kneeling pad to keep cold and wet off her clothes
-money in case you want to get a hot beverage at Donderos’ Café afterwards

You can stay as long as you want. It will take around an hour for me to show you where all they are. Our only enemy is the sun and the ice melting. I have photographed them for several hours before.

Nov-Dec Field Trips

No fields trips are currently scheduled. Please contact Judy Glenn (jglennpacs@yahoo.com) or attend the APG meeting to suggest a future trip or photo walk!